There’s a great line in the movie The Social Network delivered by Jesse Eisenberg, playing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. An irritated lawyer asks whether Zuckerberg is giving him his “full attention”. Zuckerberg replies “You have a part of my attention. You have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at Facebook.” This way of parcelling out attention doesn’t win friends. But it does describe the way it is rational for us to collectively respond to the existential threat of superintelligent AI. As Bostrom’s book Superintelligence makes clear, there is a non-zero risk that progress in AI might generate something like Skynet, the human unfriendly superintelligence in the Terminator movies. The problem deserves a part of our collective attention – the absolute minimum amount. The rest of our attention should be directed at the more pressing threats of climate change and global hunger.