Com­pre­hen­sive AI Services

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Comprehensive AI Services (CAIS) is an approach to understanding superintelligence proposed by Eric Drexler. In Drexler’s words, “CAIS provides a model of flexible, general intelligence in which agents are a class of service-providing products, rather than a natural or necessary engine of progress in themselves.” (Drexler 2019: 1) On this approach, advanced AI systems are conceived as “services”, or systems with an expanding set of capabilities, one of which is the optional capability of agency.


Alexander, Scott (2019) Review of Eric Drexler, Reframing Superintelligence: Comprehensive AI Services as General Intelligence, Slate Star Codex, August 27.

Baumann, Tobias (2020) Summary of Eric Drexler’s work on reframing AI safety, Reducing Risks of Future Suffering, May 21.
A clear bullet-point summary of Drexler 2019.

Future of Humanity Institute (2019) Abstract of Reframing Superintelligence: Comprehensive AI Services As General Intelligence, Future of Humanity Institute, January 1.

Hanson, Robin (2019) How lumpy AI services?, Overcoming Bias, February 14.

McCluskey, Peter (2019) Drexler on AI risk, Bayesian Investor Blog, January 30.

Ngo, Richard (2019) Comments on CAIS, LessWrong, January 12.

Shah, Rohin (2019a) AI safety without goal-directed behavior, AI Alignment Forum, January 7.

Shah, Rohin (2019b) Reframing superintelligence: Comprehensive AI services as general intelligence, LessWrong, January 8.
A very clear summary of the CAIS approach.

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