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GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Cyber > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
Tesla (or Google) and the risk of massively distributed physical terrorist attacks by Marcelo Rinesi

You know, an autonomous car is only a software vulnerability away from being a lethal autonomous weapon, and a successful autonomous car company is only a hack away from being the world’s largest (if single-use) urban combat force. Such an event would easily be the worst terrorist attack in history.

GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Military > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
Big Data, Endless Wars, and Why Gamification (Often) Fails by Marcelo Rinesi

Militaries and software companies are currently stuck in something of a rut: billions of dollars are spent on the latest technology, including sophisticated and supposedly game-changing data gathering and analysis, and yet for most victory seems a best to be a matter of luck, and at worst perpetually elusive. As different as those “industries” are, this common failure has a common root; perhaps unsurprisingly so, given the long and complex history of cultural, financial, and technological relationships between them.

Rights > CognitiveLiberty > PrivacySurveillance > GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Cyber > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
Don’t worry about opaque algorithms; you already don’t know what anything is doing, or why by Marcelo Rinesi

Machine learning algorithms are opaque, difficult to audit, unconstrained by ethics , and there’s always the possibility they’ll do the unthinkable when facing the unexpected. But that’s true of most our society’s code base, and, in a way, they are the most secure part of it, because we haven’t talked ourselves yet into a false sense of security about them.

Rights > Economic > Technological Unemployment > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
The insidious not-so-badness of technological underemployment, and why more education and better technology won’t help by Marcelo Rinesi

Mass technological unemployment is seen by some as a looming concern, but there are signs we’re already living in an era of mass technological underemployment. It’s not just an intermediate phase: its politics are toxic, it increases inequality, and it’s very difficult to get out of.

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
The case for blockchains as international aid by Marcelo Rinesi

Blockchains aren’t primarily financial tools. They are a political technology, and their natural field of application is the developing world.

Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
Short story: The Associate by Marcelo Rinesi

I seldom know who’s paying me or what they do; only my few friends lucky enough to have jobs do. My phone will buzz, and if I bid low enough I’ll get to do things that will feel like isolated musical notes, meaningless on their own, in places that sometimes will appear later in the news in ways I won’t be able to relate to my own actions but also won’t try to.

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.

Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
Short Story: The Eater of Silicon Sins by Marcelo Rinesi

His job is not to press the button. When he fails at his job, people don’t die.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Staff > Steven Umbrello
Steven Umbrello
A Deadline for Philosophy by Steven Umbrello

The visitors of this site are no stranger to discussions surrounding the imminent coming of artificial intelligence. Many arguments that surround AGI/ASI are typically polarized; either emphasizing the catastrophic risks associated with the technology or with possible utopian futures that may be ushered in. In either case, two things are almost universally agreed upon by experts in the field of AI 1) that AGI will almost certainly be developed by the end of the century (with ASI perhaps not long after) and 2) that the development and creatio...

Technopolitics > Sociology > Philosophy > Technoprogressivism > Staff > J. Hughes
J. Hughes
What Do Technoprogressives Believe in 2017? by J. Hughes

In December and January we surveyed the IEET audience about a wide range of topics, and 455 of you responded. This was a follow up to a 2013 survey we conducted (for instance “Who are the Technoprogressives?” “Who are the IEET’s audience?”). As we continue to focus the IEET on building the emerging technoprogressive ideological current, we are again looking at what the self-described technoprogressives believe.