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El Salvador's Bitcoin Revolution: Bukele's Re-Election

El Salvador’s Political Landscape: Bukele’s Re-Election and Bitcoin Integration The recent re-election of President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador marks a pivotal moment in the nation’s political and economic journey. With an overwhelming 85% of the vote according to exit polls, Bukele’s victory not only underscores his popularity but also reflects a broader endorsement of his controversial policies—particularly his bold embrace of Bitcoin as legal tender. This pioneering approach has positioned El Salvador at the forefront of cryptocurrency adoption on a global scale, despite facing international scrutiny. The Bukele Administration: A Brief Overview Since assuming office in 2019, Bukele has made significant strides in several key areas: Gang Violence Reduction: His administration has implemented strategies aimed at curbing the rampant gang violence that has plagued the country for years. Bitcoin Legalization: In September 2021, El Salvador made history by becoming the first

AI Survey Reveals Surprising Perspective on Future Threats to Humanity

Artificial Intelligence: A Less Dire Future than Predicted

Despite the recent warning signs and concerns raised by industry leaders about the existential threat of artificial intelligence (AI) to humanity, a new survey of over 2,700 AI experts paints a less dire picture of the future. The AI Impacts survey, conducted with the assistance of researchers from the Universities of Oxford, Berkeley, and Bonn, sought to gather insights from AI researchers regarding the pace of progress in the field and the potential impact of advanced AI systems. While a wide range of perspectives were compiled, only around 5% of respondents felt that there was a high chance of human extinction from AI. This contrasts sharply with the sentiments of the general public, as an August 2023 poll found that 61% of Americans see AI as a threat to humanity.

Industry leaders, who signed a Center for AI Safety letter, expressed concerns about the risk of extinction from AI and called for global prioritization in mitigating this risk. Paul Christiano, former chief of alignment at OpenAI, estimated a 50% chance of AI ending in catastrophe, placing it on par with nuclear war or a global pandemic. However, despite these widely covered pessimistic predictions, AI continues to evolve and companies are actively racing to develop more advanced systems. OpenAI's CEO, Sam Altman, advocates for regulations alongside a push to test the boundaries of AI technology.

In terms of AI capabilities, the survey revealed that many respondents predicted significant creative milestones within the next 10 years. For example, AI coding an entire payment website from scratch or creating songs indistinguishable from today's hits. However, challenges such as mathematical theorem proving are expected to take longer to achieve. Notably, the possibility of High-Level Machine Intelligence (HLMI) becoming a reality has been pulled 13 years closer, with a 50% probability of success predicted by 2047. Similarly, the Full Automation of Labor (FAOL) horizon, a controversial prediction made by Elon Musk, has shifted 48 years earlier.

While concerns about the potential risks of AI persist, it is important to consider the insights provided by AI experts in this survey. Their perspectives suggest that the future of AI may not be as bleak as some have predicted. As AI continues to advance, it is crucial for policymakers, industry leaders, and researchers to work together to ensure the safe and responsible development and deployment of AI systems. By addressing concerns and implementing appropriate regulations, we can foster an environment where the benefits of AI can be harnessed while mitigating potential risks.

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