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All the Global Catastrophic Risks Talks Online

IEET Seminars

All the talks from the November 14, 2008 Global Catastrophic Risks: Building a Resilient Civilization seminar, co-sponsored by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology and the Lifeboat Foundation, are now online, thanks to Jeriaska.

Welcome and IntroductionsWATCH - LISTEN
Anders Sandberg PhD, Oxford University
“Global Catastrophic Risks: An Overview, and Caution about Risk Assessments”
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Jamais Cascio, IEET Fellow, and research affiliate, Institute for the Future
“Building Civilizational Resilience”
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Eliezer Yudkowsky, Research Associate. Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
“Cognitive Biases in the Assessment of Risk”
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Martin Hellman PhD, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University  
“Risk Analysis of Nuclear Deterrence”
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Bruce Damer, CEO, DigitalSpace & Director, Contact Consortium
“Asteroids and Comets: Mitigating Impact Risks and Stepping Stones to a Sustainable Space Program”
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Mike Treder, Executive Director, Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
“Nanotechnology’s Global Risk and Promises of Resilience”
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Tad Hogg PhD, Social Computing Laboratory, Hewlett Packard
“Distributed Surveillance with MEMS or Nano-scale Sensors”
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Kattesh V. Katti PhD, Director, Cancer Nanotechnology Platform, Professor of Radiology, University of Missouri
“Green Nanotechnology: An Economic And Scientific Initiative For the Future Of Human Civilization”
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Alan Goldstein PhD, CEO of Industrial Nanobiotechnology
“The A-Prize: Tracking The Global Race To Break The Carbon Barrier”
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J. Storrs Hall PhD, author Beyond AI
“The Weather Machine: Nano-enabled Climate Control for the Earth”
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George Dvorsky, Director, IEET
“Risks Posed by Political Extremism”
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James J. Hughes PhD, Exec. Director, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
“Strengthening Transnational Governance to Mitigate Risks”
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Jamais Cascio, IEET Fellow, and research affiliate, Institute for the Future
“Strategies for Civilizational Resilience in the Face of Global Catastrophic Risks”
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George Dvorsky

Pleasure’s perils: Why the ‘sex chip’ may not be such a good idea

by George Dvorsky

Scientists have taken us one step closer to achieving permanent bliss. Neuroscientists Morten Kringelbach and Tipu Aziz recently announced that they were able to stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain by implanting a chip that sends tiny shocks to the orbitofrontal cortex. This is the same area that is responsible for feelings of pleasure induced by such things as eating and sex.

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The Implications Of An Increasingly Automated Economy

Singularity Institute

IEET Fellow Marshall Brain gave this speech on the inevitable structural unemployment that automation and artificial intelligence will create at the Singularity Summit 2008. The astonishing thing about Marshall’s talk was the amount of outrage from the libertopians in the audience who were all perfectly content to imagine that we would soon have super-robots doing things a gazillion times better than humans, and that that transition might wipe humans out or bring about a utopian society, but they couldn’t accept that such a transition might cause unemployment and require any redistribution of the wealth. History apparently shows that the market solves all structural unemployment, even after an historical discontinuity so radical that we make up a word for it - Singularity - which precisely means that we can’t predict anything after that point. Libertopians would be funny if they hadn’t just ruined the world economy.



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Jamais Cascio

Aspirational Futurism, Uncertainty and Resilience

by Jamais Cascio

One of the secondary effects of the latest set of crises to grip the world is the rise of essays and articles from various insightful folks, laying out scenarios of what the future will look like in an era of limited resources, energy, money, and so forth. Most of these follow a similar pattern: a list of reasonable depictions of a more limited future, and at least one item that seems completely out of the blue.

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Bostrom, de Grey, Rushkoff answer Edge’s Big Question for 2009

Edge.com asked 150 of the most visionary minds on the planet - including the IEET’s Nick Bostrom, Aubrey de Grey and Douglas Rushkoff - the question “What will change everything?”

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Edward Miller

The Realities of Tomorrow (and today)

by Edward Miller

Virtual Reality (VR) has advanced to incredible heights. For those who haven’t kept up with the gaming scene, the newest game renowned for impressive graphics is Fallout 3. Of course, graphics aren’t all that matters to gamers, which is why another one of the hottest games on the block right now is Spore, which looks very cartoonish.

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Brains, Power, Technology

Changesurfer Radio

Wireheaded pleasure. Brain damage causes religious selflessness. Powerful people are less compassionate. The US is become more unequal. Obama and the Congressional Democrats want to fund science, respect science and use science. Three rules for knowing when technology will - and won’t - fix a social problem. Jonathan Coulton salutes the worst President in US history. (MP3)

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Global Catastrophic Risks Overview

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. Anders Sandberg gave the opening keynote address at a conference on Global Catastrophic Risks on Nov 14, 2008 in Mtn View CA. The meeting was sponsored by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology and the Lifeboat Foundation. Sandberg spoke on threats to the future of humanity, natural and man-made. (MP3)

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Emergence - IEET News for Dec 26, 2008

1. A Note From Dr. J.
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OED adds “transhumanism”

The Oxford English Dictionary has added “transhumanism” as a new word. Only fifty years since Julian Huxley coined it, but the OED needs to be sure of these things.

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George Dvorsky

Future risks and the challenge to democracy

by George Dvorsky

As we prepare for the emergence of the next generation of apocalyptic weapons, it needs to be acknowledged that the world’s democracies are set to face their gravest challenge yet as viable and ongoing political options.

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The Future of Mac vs. PC

Thoughtware TV

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George gets io9ed and Metafiltered

George’s recent article on sex selection got reviewed by Annalee Newitz of the fantastic io9 blog, and his “must-know terms” piece was linked from a post on transhumanism at the snarky Metafilter blog.

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Jamais Cascio

Cycles of History

by Jamais Cascio

A new economic superpower undermines established economic leaders. The collapse of complex financial instruments turn a boom into a bust. Banks fail in waves. Unemployment reaches up to 25% in some areas. A global depression holds on for more than two decades. Class warfare breaks out. Transportation networks stall—along with industries dependent upon them—as the main “fuel” for transportation disappears. Pandemic disease exacts a terrible toll. Religious fundamentalism skyrockets. Totalitarianism rises around the world.

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A True Cure for Human Aging

4th EUROPEAN FUTURISTS CONFERENCE LUCERNE

It may seem premature to be discussing approaches to the effective elimination of human aging as a cause of death at a time when essentially…Alles » It may seem premature to be discussing approaches to the effective elimination of human aging as a cause of death at a time when essentially no progress has yet been made in even postponing it. However, two aspects of human aging combine to undermine this assessment. The first is that aging is happening to us throughout our lives but only results in appreciable functional decline after four or more decades of life: this shows that we can postpone the functional decline caused by aging arbitrarily well without knowing how to prevent aging completely but instead by increasingly thorough molecular and cellular repair. The second is that the typical rate of refinement of dramatic technological breakthroughs is rather reliable (so long as public enthusiasm for them is abundant) and is fast enough to change such technologies (be they in medicine, transport, or computing) almost beyond recognition within a natural human lifespan. In this talk I will explain, first, why (presuming adequate funding for the initial preclinical work) therapies that can add 30 healthy years to the remaining lifespan of healthy 55-year-olds may arrive within the next few decades, and, second, why those who benefit from those therapies will very probably continue to benefit from progressively improved therapies indefinitely and thus avoid debilitation or death from age-related causes at any age.

 

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Celebrating our past, imagining our future

Russell Blackford, editor of the IEET’s Journal of Evolution and Technology (JET), has just published the first three items for JET’s new 2008-2009 volume (Volume 20 of the journal). The first of these is Russell’s editorial, entitled “Celebrating our past, imagining our future” which sets out his vision for the journal ... and for some mild celebration of its first decade.

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George Dvorsky

Most people favor reproductive technologies—but not sex selection

by George Dvorsky

A recent poll conducted in 15 countries by the BBVA Foundation shows that citizens in the developed world are largely in support of assisted reproductive technologies. In particular, most people polled were very much in support of in vitro fertilization, a technique used to help couples with fertility problems (scoring over 7 points on an acceptance scale from 0 to 10). At the same time, however, there was strong disapproval for using the technique to choose a baby’s gender, with scores consistently showing below 3 points.

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Measuring and Quantifying Human Empathy

Neuroscene

Interview with with Dr. Carl Marci who is the Director of Social Neuroscience for the Psychotherapy Research Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Marci is involved with some of the most advanced research that focuses on measuring and quantifying the human emotion of empathy.

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A Weather Machine: Benefits and Risks

Global Catastrophic Risks

J. Storrs Hall, author of Beyond AI, presents at a day-long seminar on threats to the future of humanity, natural and man-made, and the pro-active steps we can take to reduce these risks and build a more resilient civilization.


The Weather Machine: Nano-enabled Climate Control for the Earth from Jeriaska on Vimeo.

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Intro to Global Catastrophic Risks Conf

Global Catastrophic Risks

Mike Treder of the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology and J. Hughes of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies introduce the November 14 conference on Global Catastrophic Risks taking place in Mountain View, California. The event followed a meeting on the same subject, an immensely diverse collection of events could constitute global catastrophes, in July at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. The topic for the conference was “Building a Resilient Civilization.”


Building a Resilient Civilization: An Introduction from Jeriaska on Vimeo.

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Jamais Cascio

Value Ecologies

by Jamais Cascio

I have to admit something: I’ve been a business consultant. Not just in the consulting futurist sense, but also in the “let me help you innovate your product cycle, grow your stakeholders, and immanentize your eschaton” sense.

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Mike Treder

Russia’s Crash Nano Program

by Mike Treder

Michael Berger, our friendly colleague over at Nanowerk, has done a brilliant job of reviewing and analyzing Russia's nanotechnology crash program

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Andy on Start of the Week

Start of the Week

DR ANDY MIAH, from the University of the West of Scotland, believes that in this critical time of financial turmoil and concern about climate change there needs to be collaboration between the arts and the sciences. He argues that we no longer need specialist knowledge but ‘transdisciplinary’ creative solutions. Human Futures: Art in an Age of Uncertainty is edited by Andy Miah and published by Liverpool University Press.

Also, the Burj Tower in Dubai will be finished next year and at more than 700 metres high it will become the tallest building in the world. In contrast, the construction of skyscrapers in London planned in the recent period of growth now looks under threat as recession looms. DEYAN SUDJIC, Director of the Design Museum, predicts the future for British architecture and examines how it is a seismograph for economic change. Deyan will be chairing the debate Design Cities: Where Next? at the Design Museum, London at 7.15pm on 15 December.

What makes a perfect house? A feeling of contentment, well-proportioned rooms and a sense of grandeur? Television producer and director TIM KIRBY asserts that these notions of what makes a good home can be traced back 500 years to the Italian architect Andrea Palladio. The Perfect House: The Life and Work of Andrea Palladio is on BBC Four on 17 December at 9.00pm.

The grandeur of space has enthralled poets for centuries, but as we journey further into its depths, does it lose its mysticism? Astrophysicist DAME JOCELYN BELL BURNELL has co-edited an anthology which rekindled poets’ curiosity in space by twinning them with astrophysicists to inspire them with the latest advancements in astronomy. Dark Matter: Poems of Space, edited by Maurice Riordan and Jocelyn Bell Burnell, is published by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

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Jamais Cascio

Nanopolitics

by Jamais Cascio

Two reports out this week hint at a new political alignment in the coming decades. Both reports focus on nanotechnology, but have implications well beyond.

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Long Now Synthetic Biology Debate

Long Now Seminars

Biologist Drew Endy debates researcher and historian Jim Thomas on the future of bioengineering at the Long Now Foundation. While Endy discusses the potential benefits of being able to “program” DNA, Thomas advocates caution, citing the dangers of untested technology.  (MP3)

The Long Now Foundtion
San Francisco, CA
Nov 17th, 2008
http://www.longnow.org/

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Mike Treder

Nanotechnology Risk Assessment FAIL

by Mike Treder

In 2001, the US National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) was established by Congress to: (1) Advance a world-class nanotechnology research and development program. (2) Foster the transfer of new technologies into products for commercial and public benefit. (3) Develop and sustain educational resources, a skilled workforce, and the supporting infrastructure and tools to advance nanotechnology. (4) Support responsible development of nanotechnology.

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Michael Anissimov reports from Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons

Michael: I’m in Melbourne Beach, Florida, for the 4th Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons.

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Cognitive Disability, Cognitive Enhancement & Moral Status

Cognitive Disability Conference

On September 19, 2008, Jeff McMahan, Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University spoke on cognitive enhancement at Stony Brook University. (rightclick to download podcast: 43:20 345 MB)

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10 Ways the World Could End

Quirks and Quarks

It seems there hasn’t been a lot of good news lately: Parliament is falling apart, the economy is belly up and environmental problems continue to mount. Just how much worse could it get? Well, actually, it could get a whole lot worse: the world could come to an end. So take your mind off of all that trivial bad news, as we show you exactly what real disasters are all about. From giant asteroids to alien invasions, from galactic collapse to mega-volcanos, we’ll tell you 10 Ways the World Could End.

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Jamais Cascio

Legacy Futures

by Jamais Cascio

Reading a talk given by science fiction author Ken Macleod, I came across this bit:

I used the term ‘legacy code’ in one of my novels, and Farah Mendlesohn, a science-fiction critic who read it thought it was a term I had made up, and she promptly adapted it for critical use as ‘legacy text’. Legacy text is all the other science fiction stories that influence the story you’re trying to write, and that generally clutter up your head even if you never read, let along write, the stuff. Most of us have default images of the future that come from Star Trek or 2001 or 1984 or Dr Who or disaster movies or computer games. These in turn interact with the tendency to project trends straightforwardly into the future.

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