What AI Safety Can Learn From Totalitarian States

Manuel Brenner
9 min readJan 28

We are taking continuous steps towards ever more intelligent and powerful AI systems, and it is clear that even narrow AI systems have increasing influence over our lives. Understanding them and maintaining control over them might be one of the most existentially relevant tasks of the century.

Totalitarian states, as envisioned by the OpenAI’s DALL-E.

This task is made more daunting because, in many ways, we think that there is no…