Takeoff and Takeover in the Past and Future

Over the past year I ended up writing multiple well-received posts about AI takeoff and AI takeover, usually involving historical case-studies to serve as precedents and analogies. Since they all fit a theme, I've bundled them together in a sequence.

The most important posts are the first (The Date Of...) and the last (Against GDP...). If you only read two posts, read those. If you only read three, read those + the "Cortes, Pizarro... " one. I've put them in suggested order of reading, but I have no evidence that this is the best order. You may prefer to read them in the order in which they were written, or in order of highest to lowest karma/score.