The AGI hype train is running out of steam

The AGI hype train has hit some heavy traffic. While futurists and fundraisers used to make bullish predictions about artificial general intelligence, they’ve become quieter lately. Peter Thiel — the tech billionaire and rumored vampire — says Silicon Valley big brains have lost enthusiasm for AGI. “Elon’s not talking about it anymore and Larry [Page] is off to Fiji and doesn’t seem to be working on it quite as hard,” Thiel said at a recent event. Thiel described Musk as “a weathervane for the zeitgeist,” who’s stopped talking about AGI because interest has declined. Scientists are also increasingly skeptical. A recent…This...

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