Benefiting humanity

Can someone give examples of how this is being used for the “benefit of humanity”?

Having stumbled upon this yesterday, it may be old news for most of you… but not for a lot of us.

I jist shared it around the school i work at and we’re a bit in awe (and slight shock)



I wrote a book about how to use this technology to create a benevolent machine.


Okay… i’ll read it

I want to know where the developers are that are building new aps, programs and algorithms that benefit humanity (and reversing the effects of coorporate/tech/finance models of make more money at ANY cost: environmental degradation, etc.
Who’s building the machines that reduce the power of oil companies/corporations, reducing concentration of wealth, increasing wealth distribution/compassion & tolerance?

Who’s building that? Where are they? Isn’t the charter here: “For the benefit of humanity?”

Looking for a team to build algorithms that will steer users away from misinformation and extremist content and toward cooperative solutions to wealth inequality, ending prisons for profit, and immediate rapid responses to climate change (including immediate dismantling of the fossil fuel industry and infrastructure)

(Read : Ministry for the Future)


You will get a lot out of my book. What you’re talking about is more philosophical than most tech people are willing or able to talk about.

The problem is that society as a whole is still mired in postmodernism, neoliberalism, and nihilism. They all think that truth is relative and no one can agree what’s actually good for humanity. I begin to address these philosophical problems in Benevolent by Design, but my next book will take them head on.

This reminds me a lot of “One Dimensional Man” by Herbert Marcuse, in which he argues that automation will “set humanity free” as long as the wealth created by automation is distributed more or less equally.

Some basics the majority of us agree on. But corporate and global financing (oil, military congressional complex et al) have the pr power to make it seem not so.

Anyhoo, i really hope theres some programmers out there revamping the facebook algorithms for a clean environment and compassionate mutualistic future


That will never happen for a few reasons. First is that Mark Zuckerberg does not possess a moral framework like you or I and he has an ironclad grip on Facebook. Second, their algorithms are meant to maximize profit, which means they optimize time spent on site, which means they want you to be more depressed and anxious, because that means you’ll spend more time on social media.


Can someone give examples of how this is being used for the “benefit of humanity”?

Semantic search: this helps deal with irrelevance and information overload: the result is a reduction in the time people spend searching for information.

Text generation: this can help create summaries of documents, simplifying documents this would be useful for education.

Question answering: This helps to find the possible answer to questions, or common sense answer to questions.

As a person with autism, I’ve always had trouble understanding social contracts, and I use gpt-3 to learn about social constructs and common sense.For example, you mentioned that misinformation is a problem. I have no idea what that means, but I can query gpt-3 to find the answers without being overwhelmed by irrelevant pages on Google. It’s really hard for me to understand How can people agree on something so that a statement is really information or not; how can people know what is true and what is not true? I see that we are limited beings with limitations. For example, I mentioned that I have autism. How is it possible for you to be sure that I have autism? Will my statement be considered misinformation? Where is the line between information and misinformation? I am 31 years old and fall between the autism spectrum. These questions are about what I think about a topic and how technology helps me find the possible answers in my daily life.
I forget to mention how code generation works as a miracle to solve problems.

shared what around? is there someone famous saying AI will or will not “benefit humanity”?

AI will tremendously benefit humanity, in numerous, likely incalculable ways, assuming we survive climate change.

Awesome to see another philosopher here David. You should join my free philosophy class, both the class and yourself will benefit from your participation, and we can also talk AI there as well. Or here too. Whatevs. Keep in touch!

I’d love to connect. I do prefer to learn through reading, but am happy to contribute to discussions.

The someone “famous” is the company who created gpt, right here, openai. I’m assuming they’re trying to avoid damage real or perceived in tech rise facebook/google/ ap tech (among other things the way they monetized and they way algorithms were built to spread extremist ideas, even if it was misinformation).

Im not sure why you just making a blanket claim about tech’s “obvious and unimaginable benefiting humanity” is an argument. There’s no engaged discourse, it is just flippant and dismissive, and not at all productive or convincing. Maybe thats the attitude you have to have to be a YouTube star?

I suppose the offhanded global warming comment is… hopeful. I’d certainly love to know that gpt is being applied to address climate change.

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You should really read about the Alignment problem. Welcome & FAQ! - AI Alignment Forum

Thx for the tip!

Do you mid if I ask why though? What about the alignment problem do you think will help me, exactly?

just curious, why are you being so rude?

Hi @Werd and larger group in this thread. The entire reason for me continuing to work in this industry/profession, given the constant uphill battles involved (goes without saying), is due to my sincere desire to “Benefit Humanity” in a real, impactful, and altruistic manner.

If anyone can help to shed some light on the original intent of this discussion, please reach out to me and/or @Werd

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I am in the same boat, my goal is to benefit all of humanity with my research and writing. I’m starting to find that social media is a faster and more powerful modality for distributing ideas, especially since it connects with the next generation of researchers moreso than books. Here’s one of my most recent videos on the topic:

@Werd and @austin.kilpatrick

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