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Technopolitics > GlobalDemocracySecurity > GlobalGov > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
The politics of crime-fighting software by Marcelo Rinesi

Call it machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, or simply computational intelligence: countries are rushing to apply new technologies to combat crimes, but how they do so — and even what counts as crime — varies among them, and says much about their societies, priorities, and future.

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...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
The mystical underpinnings of Facebook’s anti-fake news algorithms by Marcelo Rinesi

Imagine you’re Rene Descartes, data scientist at Facebook in charge of saying true things. Problem is, your only input is what people say, and everybody lies.

GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Cyber > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
Cyber-weapons as a form of magic, and why we can’t code our way to a safer internet by Marcelo Rinesi

Mainstream language about cyber-security, specially at the political and military level, is divorced from reality to the point of nonsense.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > SciencePolicy > Safety and Efficacy > Staff > Steven Umbrello
Managing Director Steven Umbrello Publishes New Article in JRI Journal of Responsible Innovation

This paper argues that although moral intuitions are insufficient for making judgments on new technological innovations, they maintain great utility for informing responsible innovation. To do this, this paper employs the Value Sensitive Design (VSD) methodology as an illustrative example of how stakeholder values can be better distilled to inform responsible innovation. Further, it is argued that moral intuitions are necessary for determining stakeholder values required for the design of responsible technologies. This argument is supported ...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Technoprogressivism > Staff > Steven Umbrello
Call for Papers Special Issue on Animal Enhancement Between the Species

Much philosophical discussion has been centered and devoted to the subject of human enhancement by means of technological interventions and artifacts. Many of these interventions, technologies and systems can, however, be applied to similar enhancement goals to nonhuman animals, yet little philosophical and ethical debate has considered such.

The goal of this special issue is to consider the concept of ‘animal enhancement’ as such. Papers that foster philosophical, ethical, theological and ecological reflection on animal enhance...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Staff > Steven Umbrello
Book Review: Timothy Morton’s Humankind Solidarity with Nonhuman People Journal of Critical Realism

A new book by Timothy Morton, Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People, is reviewed. Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People is a project into the applied political ethics that emerge between speculative realism and Marxism. This book is intended to build on the object-oriented ontology that Morton has espoused in previous volumes, however with a greater emphasis on normative politics. The book’s core methodology is to outline the various neologisms that Morton employs and incorporate those speculative realist terms into a retooli...

GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Eco-gov > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
Urban sensors are for the fog of (climate) war by Marcelo Rinesi

Silicon Valley pitches for smart cities and military descriptions of future battle environments are awfully similar. That’s not entirely coincidental.

Rights > HealthLongevity > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
What’s the healthiest city in the US? (and what does that even mean?) by Marcelo Rinesi

(Spoiler alert: it’s not Detroit, and it’d be a relatively simple question if it weren’t for cancer.)

Technopolitics > Sociology > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
Deep(ly) Unsettling: The ubiquitous, unspoken business model of AI-induced mental illness by Marcelo Rinesi

“The junk merchant,” wrote William S. Burroughs, “doesn’t sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to his product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise. He degrades and simplifies the client.” He might as well have been describing the commercial, AI-mediated, social-network-driven internet.