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SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Neuroscience > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
Cognitive Scarcity and Artificial Intelligence: How Assistive AI Could Alleviate Inequality by John Danaher

By Miles Brundage (FHI, Oxford University) and John Danaher (NUI Galway)

(Be sure to check out Miles’s other work on his website and over at the Future of Humanity Institute, where he is currently a research fellow. You can also follow him on Twitter @Miles_Brundage)

GlobalDemocracySecurity > GlobalGov > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
Why liberals might kill free speech Jun 23 by Rick Searle

We’ve got a huge problem on our hands which the 2016 election, along with Brexit, has not so much created as fully exposed. What we’ve witnessed is a kind of short-circuit between the three pillars that have defined our particular form of democratic liberalism over the last century.

Vision > Virtuality > Affiliate Scholar > Steve Fuller
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...

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’...

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 > Safety and Efficacy > Artificial Intelligence > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
Why we should create artificial offspring: meaning and the collective afterlife Science and Engineering Ethics

The iCub Robot - Image courtesy of Jiuguang Wang

That’s the title of a new article I have coming out. It argues that the creation of artificial offspring could add meaning to our lives and that it might consequently be worth committing to the project of doing so. It’s going to be published in the journal Science and Engineering Ethics. The official version will be out in a few weeks. In the meantime, you can read the abstract below and download a pre-publication version at the links provided.

Technopolitics > SciencePolicy > Safety and Efficacy > Rights > HealthLongevity > Affiliate Scholar > Ilia Stambler
Ilia Stambler
Frequently Asked Questions on the Ethics of Lifespan and Healthspan Extension by Ilia Stambler

The mission of healthy life extension, or healthy longevity promotion, raises a broad variety of questions and tasks, relating to science and technology, individual and communal ethics, and public policy, especially health and science policy. Despite the wide variety, the related questions may be classified into three groups. The first group of questions concerns the feasibility of the accomplishment of life extension. Is it theoretically and technologically possible? What are our grounds for optimism? What are the means to ensure that the l...

Rights > Economic > Technological Unemployment > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
Building a Postwork Utopia by John Danaher

I have a new paper. It appears as a chapter in the book Surviving the Machine Age, which is edited by Kevin LaGrandeur and James Hughes. The book is, I believe, unique in how it brings together several different perspectives on what should and will happen to society in an era of rampant technological unemployment. It’s a little bit pricy, but I would recommend it for purchase by university libraries and the like.

Technopolitics > Sociology > Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > GlobalDemocracySecurity > GlobalGov > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
Comey’s Firing: Do We Live in a Kleptocracy? by John G. Messerly

Every time I sit down to write about something I want to write about—like how to find meaning in a secular age, or ponder the imminent birth of my new granddaughter—I find my reverie interrupted by the political turmoil surrounding me.

Technopolitics > Sociology > GlobalDemocracySecurity > GlobalGov > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
The lessons the left should (and shouldn’t) take from the victory of Macron by Rick Searle

In 2016 populism burst upon liberal democracies like a whirlwind. Yet, since Trump’s election in November of last year the storm appears to have passed. There was the defeat of the far right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer in Austria (of all places) in December of last year followed by the loss of the boldly pompadoured (which seems to be a thing now on the right) Geert Wilders in parliamentary elections in the Netherlands a few months back, followed by the seeming victory of the Kutcher faction over the Bannon faction in the Trump ad...