Will’s quick summary/hot takes:

  • As Alexander notes, the core idea relates to Malthusian population dynamics
  • My take on Alexander's punchline is that we should (and must) build an aligned AGI god to kill Moloch and thus liberate us to live forevermore in archipelagic utopia
  • For context: 'Moloch' refers to a Canaanite god* who received child sacrifices
    • (Moloch also appeared historically as a Carthaginian demon)
  • Other hot take I currently hold: Moloch is similar to (though much more powerful than) type-2b x-risks (as in Bostrom's ‘Vulnerable World Hypothesis’), and also similar (in a near-limiting case of technological advancement) to Bostrom's ‘Future of Human Evolution’, such that the only singleton (probably) that can beat a Moloch-esque race to the bottom (assuming humanity doesn't die out before then; a race in which all value, including consciousness itself, is lost) is a friendly AGI god
  • Note to self: I should really, really try to avoid speaking like this when facilitating in the EA intro fellowship
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  • Note to self: I should really, really try to avoid speaking like this when facilitating in the EA intro fellowship

Hah!