A Critique of Superintelligence

The Godless Theist


In this article I shall present a critique of Nick Bostrom’s book Superintelligence. For purposes of brevity I shall not devote much space to summarising Bostrom’s arguments or defining all the terms that he uses. Though I briefly review each key idea before discussing it, I shall also assume that readers have some general idea of Bostrom’s argument, and some of the key terms involved. The structure of this article is as follows. I first offer a summary of what I regard to be the core argument of Bostrom’s book, outlining a series of premises that he defends in various chapters. Following this summary, I commence a general discussion and critique of Bostrom’s concept of ‘intelligence’, arguing that his failure to adopt a single, consistent usage of this concept in his book fatally undermines his core argument The remaining sections of my article then draw upon this discussion…

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  1. This book constantly reminded me of my previous literary study of Samuel Johnson’s ‘The Vanity of Human Wishes’. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44448/the-vanity-of-human-wishes For me it is the vulnerability of the human condition in regard to superintelligence and the current lack of safeguards around this that are most worrisome.

    I found this blog interesting and some of your arguments enlightening. Food for thought, so thank you.

    Fascinating website. You’re so prolific! I’ll be slowly picking my way through some of your articles.

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