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Informatica Journal - Call for Special Issue on Superintelligence Informatica Journal

Since the inception of the field of artificial intelligence, a prominent goal has been to create computer systems that would reason as capably as humans across a wide range of fields. Over the last decade, this goal has been brought closer to reality. Machine learning systems have come to excel in many signal processing tasks and have achieved superhuman performance in learning tasks including the games of Go and Heads-up Poker. More broadly, we have seen large changes in every pore of our society. This remarkable progress raises the questio...

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Declining Trust in - Rising Fear of - our expert castes by David Brin

Having recently participated in the worldwide March for Science, I can only repeat my assertion that the “War on Science” is about a lot more than nerds and EPA grants.  You cannot name a fact-centered profession—from teaching and medicine, to accounting and economics, to the U.S. military officer corps—that’s not under direct assault

Technopolitics > Psychology
Future Express | The Replication Crisis and Challenges to Progress Future Express

In this episode, we have a free-ranging conversation that begins by discussing the modern replication crisis in psychology and other fields. We examine how this development might affect our views on the pace of progress generally. Amidst our many tangents, we consider the possibility of getting tech companies to share their proprietary data for the sake of science research and wonder if becoming an increasingly globalized society imposes coordination costs.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > SciencePolicy > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Science: steps forward… through a minefield by David Brin

Girding yourself for Saturday’s Science March?  This article - Donald Trump Should Not Appoint a Science Advisor - will steam you, offering much more detail on the White House Science Adviser office—which Donald Trump has refused to fill—first officially established by President Eisenhower. A partial list of responsibilities:

Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
The Children of the Dead City by Marcelo Rinesi

Dusk is coming and walking at night is no longer allowed, but the children still loiter near the black windowless building that looks like a tombstone for a giant or a town. A year ago most of their parents worked there, their hands the AI-controlled manipulators of the self-managed warehouse, but since then artificial hands have become good enough, and no more than a dozen humans tarnish the algorithmic purity of the logistics hub.

Francaise > Technopolitics > Philosophy > Technoprogressivism > Contributors > Terence Ericson
Terence Ericson
Et si nos technologies devenaient organiques ? Un transhumanisme biologique est possible by Terence Ericson

Pourquoi la nature demeure le plus grand ingénieur présent sur Terre, et permet d’imaginer un transhumanisme biologique.

Initialement publiй sur le site de l’Association Franзaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog

Technopolitics > Philosophy > SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
Robot Rights: Intelligent Machines (Panel Discussion) by John Danaher

I participated in a debate/panel discussion about robot rights at the Science Gallery (Trinity, Dublin) on the 29th March 2017. A video from the event is above. Here’s the description from the organisers:

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Those were the days… When was America ‘great’? And who has Steve Bannon reincarnated? by David Brin

Have you heard of “Godwin’s Law?” It asserts that: “If an online discussion (regardless of topic) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will invoke Hitler.” In practice, it is used to shame or chastise those who make any sort of comparison to the fascist hellscape of the mid-20th Century.*  To be sure, an overused, hyperbolic cliché can be tiresome.**

Rights > CognitiveLiberty > FreeThought > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Dark Times in American Politics by David Brin

Oy!  Now the news suggests he is being eased out, to make way for Jared.  I had better talk about Steve Bannon while I can. Unless… he’s still the Dark Lord and I had better say it, while there’s still free speech… and electricity.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Rights > HealthLongevity > Personhood > Affiliate Scholar > Steve Fuller
Steve Fuller
A Modest Proposal for Suicide as a Facilitator of Transhumanism by Steve Fuller

Perhaps the most potent argument against suicide in modern secular societies is that it constitutes wastage of the agent’s own life and commits at the very least indirect harm to the lives of others who in various ways have depended on the agent. However, the force of this argument could be mitigated if the suicide occurred in the context of experimentation, including self-experimentation, with very risky treatments that aim to extend the human condition. Suicides in these cases could be quite informative and hence significantly advance th...