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Steve Fuller
What Does the Campaign to Make Internet Access a Human Right Say about Who We Are? by Steve Fuller

What follows is not an argument for rejecting internet access as a human right. I have no problem with internet access being made available to all humans. But I believe that the enthusiasm attached to this campaign speaks to the Realpolitik that often lay behind ‘human rights’ campaigns. After all, in terms of Abraham Maslow’s famed ‘hierarchy of needs’, which defines the stages of human self-actualisation, internet access would be located near the very top – certainly on top of meeting the basic material conditions of life, whic...

Technopolitics > Futurism > SciencePolicy > Safety and Efficacy > Implants > Contributors > Terence Ericson
Terence Ericson
Les révolutions biotech : 2 / MicroARN, gros organismes by Terence Ericson

Les microARN, reconnus seulement depuis 2000, sont à la fois de véritables détecteurs de cancers et un puissant moyens de lutter contre ces derniers.

Vision > Virtuality > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
Can we derive meaning and value from virtual reality? An Analysis of the Postwork Future by John Danaher

Yuval Noah Harari wrote an article in the Guardian a couple of months back entitled ‘The meaning of life in a world without work’. I was intrigued. Harari has gained a great deal of notoriety for his books Sapiens and Homo Deus. They are ambitious books, both in scope and intent. Harari’s subject is nothing less than the entire history and future of humanity. He wants to show us where we have come from, how we got here, and where we are going. He writes in a sweeping, breathless and occasionally grandiose style. As you read, you can’...

SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Contributors > Pedro Villanueva
Pedro Villanueva
The new kindergarten Australis and the pedagogy of modal constructivism. An education for the future. by Pedro Villanueva

This work and proposal emerged under my experience during five years working with children in school Reggio Emilia in Chile, as a teacher of art. My studies were not limited to teaching and experiencing the constructivist experiences with children and create art lesson plans. During this stage in the artistic teaching with young children I began to investigate the pedagogical education and how it could develop and deepen the curriculum or child pedagogy from the cultural point of view and from a contemporary perspective. After collect, study...

SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Directors > George Dvorsky
George Dvorsky
When Will Robots Deserve Human Rights? by George Dvorsky

Films and TV shows like Blade Runner, Humans, and Westworld, where highly advanced robots have no rights, trouble our conscience. They show us that our behaviors are not just harmful to robots—they also demean and diminish us as a species. We like to think we’re better than the characters on the screen, and that when the time comes, we’ll do the right thing, and treat our intelligent machines with a little more dignity and respect.

SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Neuroscience > Contributors > Alexandre Maurer
Alexandre Maurer
Non, l’Intelligence Artificielle n’est pas “purement logique by Alexandre Maurer

Pour en finir avec une idée fausse qui pollue les débats sur l’IA.

Dans les conférences et débats autour sur l’Intelligence Artificielle (IA), il y a une affirmation qui revient souvent :

« L’intelligence artificielle est fondamentalement différente de l’intelligence humaine, car elle est purement logico-mathématique, alors que l’intelligence humaine est faite d’intuition, d’imagination, etc. »

Cette affirmation relève d’une méconnaissance de ce qu’est l’IA aujourd’hui. Tentons d’...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > Adam A. Ford
Peter Singer - Ethics, Uncertainty & Moral Progress Adam Ford

Peter Singer moral progress & ethics involved in dealing with uncertainty, including Derek Parfit’s view on the value of future life (as yet unrealised). He also discusses Trump and alt-facts at the end.

SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Directors > George Dvorsky
George Dvorsky
Would You Feel Safer If Your Self-Driving Car Could Explain Itself? by George Dvorsky

With each passing breakthrough in artificial intelligence, we’re asking our machines to make increasingly complex and weighty decisions. Trouble is, AIs are starting to act beyond our levels of comprehension. In high frequency stock trading, for example, this had led to so-called flash crashes, in which algorithms make lightning-quick decisions for reasons we can’t quite grasp. In an effort to bridge the growing gap between man and machine, the Pentagon is launching a new program to create machines that can explain their actions in a way...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
Review of Massimo Pigliucci’s, Answers For Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life by John G. Messerly

I just finished Massimo Pigliucci’s wonderful book: Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to A More Meaningful Life. Pigliucci was born in Monrovia, Liberia and raised in Rome.[1] He has a PhD in genetics from the University of Ferrara, Italy, a PhD in biology from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in philosophy of science from the University of Tennessee.[10] He is currently a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
Bryson on Why Robots Should Be Slaves Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast

In this episode, IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher interviews Joanna Bryson. Joanna is Reader in Computer Science at the University of Bath. Joanna’s primary research interest lies in using AI to understand natural intelligence, but she is also interested in the ethics of AI and robotics, the social uses of robots, and the political and legal implications of advances in robotics. In the latter field, she is probably best known for her article, published in 2010 entitled ‘Robots Should be Slaves’. They talk about the ideas and argumen...