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I’ve come to the belief that religion may be the most dangerous of our instincts because of how it is used by those in power to gain and grow that power. Slavery was justified by religion. The Klu Klux Klan used religion to terrorize, Hitler used religion as the basis for genocide, and we see this cycle through out history onto the present. The “fight” over and the emergence of Artificial Intelligence is all about power, derived by wealth through religion. What I fear most about the religions of effective altruism and effective accelerationism is that their adherents are already extremely powerful, which makes them extremely dangerous. It’s not the technology of AI that scares me, it’s the people and the religion of those who seek to own it that scare me.

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