The Paperclip Maximizer

A Paperclip Maximizer is an example of artificial intelligence run amok performing a job, potentially seeking to turn all the Universe into paperclips. But it’s also an example of a concept called Instrumental Convergence, where two entities with wildly different ultimate goals might end up acting very much alike. This concept is very important to preparing ourselves for future automation and machine minds, and we’ll explore that today.

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The Paperclip Maximizer
Episode 201a, Season 5 E36a

Written by:
Isaac Arthur
Mark Warburton

Darius Said
Keith Blockus
Konstantin Sokerin
Matt Campbell

Graphics by:
Jeremy Jozwik
Ken York

Produced & Narrated by:
Isaac Arthur

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