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Rights > Economic > Affiliate Scholar > Melanie Swan
Melanie Swan
The Future of AI: Blockchain and Deep Learning by Melanie Swan

First point: considering blockchain and deep learning together suggests the emergence of a new class of global network computing system. These systems are self-operating computation graphs that make probabilistic guesses about reality states of the world.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > Roland Benedikter
Transhumanism and military by Roland Benedikter et al. Science & Peace

Transhumanism and military by Roland Benedikter, Christopher Coenen, Hans-Jorg Kreowski, Robert Ranisch, Alexander Reymann and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner.

Supplement to Science and Peace 4/2017 and FIfF Communication 4/2017 Published by the Information Center for Science and Peace in cooperation with the Forum Computer Scientists for Peace and Social Responsibility (FIfF eV) See article here

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
Evolution and Ethics by John G. Messerly

Man in his arrogance thinks himself worthy the interposition of a deity. More humble and I think truer to consider himself created from animals. ~ Charles Darwin

 

Rights > Economic > GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Cyber > Affiliate Scholar > Hank Pellissier
Hank Pellissier
What Transhumanists Lost by Investing Late in Bitcoin by Hank Pellissier

In 2012, a writer in Germany, Rüdiger Koch, wrote an intriguing essay for IEET.org, that was subtitled “Amazing things would happen if a large percentage of transhumanists were financially independent. How can this be done?”

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
What if Mueller proves his case and it doesn’t matter? by John G. Messerly

Dave Roberts of Vox has just published what I believe is the most important article I’ve read recently about the crisis of American democracy: America is facing an epistemic crisis: What if Mueller proves his case and it doesn’t matter? Here’s a brief summary of the piece followed by a brief commentary

Rights > HealthLongevity > Affiliate Scholar > Ilia Stambler
Ilia Stambler
Include specific tasks and goals to improve health of the global aging population into the WHO by Ilia Stambler

http://www.longevityforall.org/include-specific-tasks-and-goals-to-improve-health-of-the-global-aging-population-into-the-who-13th-general-programme-of-work-gpw13/

It appears that in the forthcoming work program of the World Health Organization for the years 2019-2023 – the issue of aging and aging-related ill health is excluded completely!

http://www.who.int/about/gpw-thirteen-consultation/en/

GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
Review of Phil Torres’ “Morality, Foresight & Human Flourishing by John G. Messerly

Phil Torres has just published an important new book: Morality, Foresight, and Human Flourishing: An Introduction to Existential Risks. Torres is the founding Director of the Project for Future Human Flourishing, which aims to both understand and mitigate, existential threats to humanity. Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom Martin Rees writes the book’s foreword, where he states that it “draws attention to issues our civilization’s entire fate may depend on.” (13) We would do well to take this statement seriously—our lives may d...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
Yuval Harari Drinks the Kool Aid by Rick Searle

Like everything else in life, a book’s publication can have good or bad timing. Good timing happens when a newly published book seems just a little bit ahead of the prevailing zeitgeist, when it seems to have anticipated events or realizations almost no else seemed to be grappling with on the day of its publication, but have now burst upon the public with a sudden irresistible force.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Futurism > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
Some things you wanted to know about robot sex* (but were afraid to ask) Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications

BOOK LAUNCH - BUY NOW!

I am pleased to announce that Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (MIT Press, 2017), edited by myself and Neil McArthur, is now available for purchase. You can buy the hardcopy/ebook via Amazon in the US. You can buy the ebook in the UK as well, but the hardcopy might take another few weeks to arrive. I’ve never sold anything before via this blog. That all changes today. Now that I actually have something to sell, I’m going to turn into the most annoying, desperate, cringeworthy and slightly ...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
Hoffer’s The True Believer and Trump by John G. Messerly

“Hatred is the most accessible and comprehensive of all the unifying agents ... Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a god, but never without a belief in a devil.” ~ Eric Hoffer, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements.