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Technopolitics > Philosophy > SciencePolicy > Nanotechnology > Staff > Steven Umbrello
IEET’s Steven Umbrello Publishes New Paper on Nanotechnology and Value Sensitive Design International Journal of Technoethics

Although continued investments in nanotechnology are made, atomically precise manufacturing (APM) to date is still regarded as speculative technology. APM, also known as molecular manufacturing, is a token example of a converging technology, has great potential to impact and be affected by other emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and ICT. The development of APM thus can have drastic global impacts depending on how it is designed and used. This article argues that the ethical issues that arise from APM - as...

SciencePolicy > Nanotechnology > Staff > Steven Umbrello
IEET Managing Director S. Umbrello on Designing a Nano-Safe Future The Solutions Journal

Nanotechnologies are fast becoming one of the most ubiquitous of the emerging technologies to have a commercial and economic impact. Along with artificial intelligence systems and biotechnologies, nanotechnology is a billion-dollar global industry that has massive product implications.

Made famous by K. Eric Drexler, Molecular Manufacturing (also known as atomically precise manufacturing (APM), molecular engineering or productive molecular nanosystems) is an emerging manufacturing technology that has the potential to shift current ec...

Francaise > SciencePolicy > Nanotechnology > Contributors > Terence Ericson
Terence Ericson
Organes-sur-puce, la révolution multiple qui arrive by Terence Ericson

En finir avec l’expérimentation animale, réduire le coût de développement d’un médicament, imaginer la médecine personnalisée de demain, ou encore tenir un laboratoire entier dans sa main… Voici autant d’avancées que permettront les organes-sur-puces.

SciencePolicy > Innovation > Nanotechnology > Staff > Steven Umbrello
IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello publishes new paper on Nanotechnology Futures

Atomically precise manufacturing (APM) is the assembly of materials with atomic precision. APM does not currently exist, and may not be feasible, but if it is feasible, then the societal impacts could be dramatic. This paper assesses the net societal impacts of APM across the full range of important APM sectors: general material wealth, environmental issues, military affairs, surveillance, artificial intelligence, and space travel. Positive effects were found for material wealth, the environment, military affairs (specifically nuclear disarm...

SciencePolicy > Safety and Efficacy > Artificial Intelligence > Nanotechnology > GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Cyber > Military > Affiliate Scholar > Phil Torres
Phil Torres
Clumsy Fingers Could Pose a Greater Risk to Civilization than Malicious Agents by Phil Torres

When people worry about the dark side of emerging technologies, most think of terrorists or lone psychopaths with a death wish for humanity. Some future Ted Kaczynski might acquire a masters degree in microbiology, purchase some laboratory equipment intended for biohackers, and synthesize a pathogen that spreads quickly, is incurable, and kills 90 percent of those it infects.

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George Dvorsky
Nobel Prize For Chemistry Awarded to Creators of the World’s Tiniest Machines by George Dvorsky

The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to a trio of scientists for their pioneering work in developing molecular machines. These gadgets measure just a thousandth of a human hair in width, and they’re poised to revolutionize everything from manufacturing and materials to medicine and the functioning of the human body.

Vision > Affiliate Scholar > Phil Torres > HealthLongevity > Philosophy > Futurism > Technoprogressivism > Innovation > Artificial Intelligence > Nanotechnology
Agential Risks: A New Direction for Existential Risk Studies X-Risks Institute's Technical Reports

There are two ways to avoid an existential catastrophe involving advanced technologies, such as nuclear weapons, biotechnology, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology. First, we could study the technologies and figure out ways to make them more difficult for malicious agents to exploit. And second, we could study the malicious agents and figure out ways of reducing the probability of them wanting to exploit such technologies.

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Didier Coeurnelle
Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble by Didier Coeurnelle

Vertiges et perspectives d’une vie en bonne santé beaucoup plus longue. Chaque jour, la mort, la grande faucheuse, fait son travail avec un peu plus de difficulté. En effet, chaque jour nous gagnons environ 6 heures d’espérance de vie. Ces progrès ne sont pas également répartis. Contrairement à ce que beaucoup pensent, c’est dans la plupart des pays du Sud et non pas dans les pays du Nord que les progrès sont les plus rapides.

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George Dvorsky
Everything You Know About Artificial Intelligence is Wrong by George Dvorsky

It was hailed as the most significant test of machine intelligence since Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov in chess nearly 20 years ago. Google’s AlphaGo has won two of the first three games against grandmaster Lee Sedol in a Go tournament, showing the dramatic extent to which AI has improved over the years. That fateful day when machines finally become smarter than humans has never appeared closer—yet we seem no closer in grasping the implications of this epochal event.

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Phil Torres
Introducing the Subfield of Agential Riskology by Phil Torres

The field of Existential Risk Studies has, to date, focused largely on risk scenarios involving natural phenomena, anthropogenic phenomena, and a specific type of anthropogenic phenomenon that one could term “technogenic.” The first category includes asteroid/comet impacts, supervolcanoes, and pandemics. The second encompasses climate change and biodiversity loss. And the third deals with risks that arise from the misuse and abuse of advanced technologies, such as nuclear weapons, biotechnology, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and art...