The article is here (note that the Washington Post is paywalled). The headline is "How elite schools like Stanford became fixated on the AI apocalypse," subtitled "A billionaire-backed movement is recruiting college students to fight killer AI, which some see as the next Manhattan Project." It's by Nitasha Tiku.
Notes on the article:
- The article centers on how AI existential safety concerns became more of a discussion topic in some communities, especially on campuses. The main example is Stanford.
- It also talks about:
- It features comments from:
- Paul Edwards, a Stanford University fellow "who spent decades studying nuclear war and climate change, considers himself 'an apocalypse guy'" and who developed a freshman course on human extinction —and generally focuses on pandemics, climate change, nuclear winter, and advanced AI. (He's also a faculty co-director of SERI.)
- Gabriel Mukobi, a Stanford graduate who organized a campus AI safety group
- And in brief:
I expect that some folks on the Forum might have reactions to the article — I might share some in the comments later, but I just want to remind people about the Forum norms of civility.
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My understanding is that journalists don't generally choose their headlines. Someone should correct me in the comments if this is wrong!