Sigal Samuel, Vox

Sigal Samuel

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Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Sigal:

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How to understand AI: it’s a tragedy of the commons, not an arms race

"Arms race" is the wrong mental model for AI. Here’s a better one. → Read More

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Why every generation thinks people were nicer in the past

Reports that we’re becoming crappier humans over time are greatly exaggerated. → Read More

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A message just arrived from outer space. Can you decode it?

A revolutionary SETI experiment seeks to find out how earthlings might respond to a signal from aliens. → Read More

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Please don’t turn to ChatGPT for moral advice. Yet.

AI for the moral enhancement of humans? Sounds tempting. But we shouldn’t be so quick to automate our reasoning. → Read More

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Mind-reading technology has arrived

An AI-powered "brain decoder" can now read your thoughts with surprising accuracy. → Read More

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Finally, a realistic roadmap for getting AI companies in check

The AI Now Institute offers a policy roadmap for managing risks from artificial intelligence. Step one: Target the concentration of power in Big Tech. → Read More

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What happens when ChatGPT starts to feed on its own writing?

AI chatbots won’t destroy human originality. But they may homogenize our lives and flatten our reality. → Read More

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Humanity’s return to the moon is a deeply religious mission

Space barons like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk don’t seem religious. But their quest to colonize outer space is. → Read More

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AI leaders (and Elon Musk) urge all labs to press pause on powerful AI

We got GPT-4. We could stop there for now, placing a moratorium on new AI systems more powerful than that. → Read More

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The case for slowing down AI

Pumping the brakes on artificial intelligence could be the best thing we ever do for humanity. → Read More

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Climate disasters hit poor people hardest. There’s an obvious solution to that.

New experiments show the power of giving cash right before extreme weather strikes. → Read More

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You can now sponsor refugees yourself. Here’s how.

Biden’s new Welcome Corps program offers an amazing opportunity to do good. → Read More

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How to reform effective altruism after Sam Bankman-Fried

Holden Karnofsky, seen as a leader in EA, shares his thoughts on the movement’s future. → Read More

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You may be thinking about animals all wrong (even if you’re an animal lover)

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum says humans should grant equal rights to animals, even in the wild. Is she right? → Read More

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23 things we think will happen in 2023

Will Biden and Trump remain the frontrunners? Will Putin remain in charge of Russia? Will China start a war? These and other forecasts of the year to come. → Read More

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22 predictions we made in 2022, and the 6 we got wrong

Judging Future Perfect’s 2022 predictions on Covid, politics, science, and more → Read More

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Lots of bad science still gets published. Here’s how we can change that.

The Transparent Replications project tackles the crisis by changing incentives among psychologists and other researchers publishing in journals like Nature or Science. → Read More

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Effective altruism gave rise to Sam Bankman-Fried. Now it’s facing a moral reckoning.

Here are 6 questions the intellectual movement needs to grapple with after the crypto billionaire’s fall. → Read More

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Poor countries are developing a new paradigm of mental health care. America is taking note.

This is what the future of mental health could look like. → Read More

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How to slash carbon emissions while growing the economy, in one chart

By decoupling carbon emissions from economic growth, countries are showing how we can fight climate change and fight poverty — two COP27 goals — simultaneously. → Read More