About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! The most recent is his blockbuster The Accidental Activist, which Amazon claims is by his wife Anne Green. So it goes. Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from so many nonprofits that we can’t list them all here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA (to impress Carl Sagan). His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED}. He lives in Tucson with Anne, along with no dogs, no cats, no guinea pigs, and only the occasional snake or scorpion.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Fear of Effective Altruists

I've gotten some very nice feedback on my Against Longtermism post. Thanks!

This is the most interesting, with my emphasis added.

HAHAHAHHAHA this is such a good point!!!!!: "Um, hello? Humans enslave, forcibly contain, and kill billions of fellow sentient (but “inferior”) beings. So if a “superior” AI actually did share human values, it seems like they would kill, enslave, and forcibly contain us."

GREAT POINT.

I agree with you on most of what you said. I'm sorry so many people downvoted it. I went and upvoted it! :-) So now it's at zero instead of negative lol.

A lot of the stuff you said in this post is stuff that I am afraid to say publicly, for fear of alienating those who I want support from (EAs.) So you are brave for saying this super directly.

The idea of humans continuing for billions of years scares me. 

But I can't possibly imagine how to communicate that fear in a way that someone else, who doesn't see humanity the way you and I see humanity, would understand.



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