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Effective Altruism Is Pushing a Dangerous Brand of AI Safety

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Image collage features a head shot of Sam Bankman-Fried, torn money, and a green arrow bending upward.

Many EAs believe that the world's most pressing problem is preventing human-created artificially generally intelligent beings from exterminating us.

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Effective altruism (EA) has been gaining alarming levels of influence. And while EA is currently being scrutinized due to its association with Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto scandal, less has been written about how the ideology is driving the AI research agenda, creating a race to proliferate harmful systems, ironically in the name of "AI safety."

Some of the billionaires who have committed significant funds to EA include Elon Musk, Vitalik Buterin, Ben Delo, Jaan Tallinn, Peter Thiel, Dustin Muskovitz, and Sam Bankman-Fried. All of this money has shaped the field of AI and its priorities in ways that harm people in marginalized groups while purporting to work on beneficial artificial general intelligence.

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