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SciencePolicy > Safety and Efficacy > Artificial Intelligence > Nanotechnology > GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Cyber > Military > Affiliate Scholar > Phil Torres
Phil Torres
Clumsy Fingers Could Pose a Greater Risk to Civilization than Malicious Agents by Phil Torres

When people worry about the dark side of emerging technologies, most think of terrorists or lone psychopaths with a death wish for humanity. Some future Ted Kaczynski might acquire a masters degree in microbiology, purchase some laboratory equipment intended for biohackers, and synthesize a pathogen that spreads quickly, is incurable, and kills 90 percent of those it infects.

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George Dvorsky
Nobel Prize For Chemistry Awarded to Creators of the World’s Tiniest Machines by George Dvorsky

The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to a trio of scientists for their pioneering work in developing molecular machines. These gadgets measure just a thousandth of a human hair in width, and they’re poised to revolutionize everything from manufacturing and materials to medicine and the functioning of the human body.

Vision > Affiliate Scholar > Phil Torres > HealthLongevity > Philosophy > Futurism > Technoprogressivism > Innovation > Artificial Intelligence > Nanotechnology
Agential Risks: A New Direction for Existential Risk Studies X-Risks Institute's Technical Reports

There are two ways to avoid an existential catastrophe involving advanced technologies, such as nuclear weapons, biotechnology, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology. First, we could study the technologies and figure out ways to make them more difficult for malicious agents to exploit. And second, we could study the malicious agents and figure out ways of reducing the probability of them wanting to exploit such technologies.

Francaise > Vision > Advisory Board > Didier Coeurnelle > HealthLongevity > Philosophy > Futurism > Technoprogressivism > Innovation > Nanotechnology
Didier Coeurnelle
Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble by Didier Coeurnelle

Vertiges et perspectives d’une vie en bonne santé beaucoup plus longue. Chaque jour, la mort, la grande faucheuse, fait son travail avec un peu plus de difficulté. En effet, chaque jour nous gagnons environ 6 heures d’espérance de vie. Ces progrès ne sont pas également répartis. Contrairement à ce que beaucoup pensent, c’est dans la plupart des pays du Sud et non pas dans les pays du Nord que les progrès sont les plus rapides.

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George Dvorsky
Everything You Know About Artificial Intelligence is Wrong by George Dvorsky

It was hailed as the most significant test of machine intelligence since Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov in chess nearly 20 years ago. Google’s AlphaGo has won two of the first three games against grandmaster Lee Sedol in a Go tournament, showing the dramatic extent to which AI has improved over the years. That fateful day when machines finally become smarter than humans has never appeared closer—yet we seem no closer in grasping the implications of this epochal event.

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Affiliate Scholar > Phil Torres > Artificial Intelligence > Nanotechnology > SpaceThreats > Biosecurity > Cyber > Eco-gov > Military > SciTech
Phil Torres
Introducing the Subfield of Agential Riskology by Phil Torres

The field of Existential Risk Studies has, to date, focused largely on risk scenarios involving natural phenomena, anthropogenic phenomena, and a specific type of anthropogenic phenomenon that one could term “technogenic.” The first category includes asteroid/comet impacts, supervolcanoes, and pandemics. The second encompasses climate change and biodiversity loss. And the third deals with risks that arise from the misuse and abuse of advanced technologies, such as nuclear weapons, biotechnology, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and art...

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Bioculture > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly > Philosophy > Futurism > Artificial Intelligence > Nanotechnology > Biosecurity > SciTech
John G. Messerly
‘I’m Glad the Future Doesn’t Need Us’ - Bill Joy’s Pessimistic Futurism by John G. Messerly

In his well-known piece, “Why the future doesn’t need us,” Bill Joy argues that 21st century technologies—genetic engineering, robotics, and nanotechnology (GNR)—will extinguish human beings as we now know them, a prospect he finds deeply disturbing. I find his arguments deeply flawed and critique each of them in turn.

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Andrés Gómez Emilsson
The Super-Shulgin Academy: A Singularity I Can Believe In by Andrés Gómez Emilsson

Imagine that the year is 2050. A lot of AI applications are now a normal part of life. Cars drive themselves, homes clean themselves (and they do so more cheaply than maids possibly could) and even doctors have been now partially replaced with neural networks. But the so-called Kurzweilian Singularity never took off. You can now talk for 10 rounds of sentences with a chatbot without being able to tell if it is a real person or not. The bots anticipate your questions by analyzing your facial expressions and matching them to a vast library of ...

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John G. Messerly
Ray Kurzweil’s Basic Ideas by John G. Messerly

Ray Kurzweil is an author, inventor, futurist, and currently Director of Engineering at Google. He is involved in fields such as optical character recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments; he is the author of several books on health, artificial intelligence, transhumanism, the technological singularity, and futurism; and he may be the most prominent spokesman in the world today for advocating the use of technology to transform humanity.

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Giulio Prisco
Review of ‘Against Transhumanism’ by Richard Jones by Giulio Prisco

Physicist Richard Jones, author of the (highly recommended) nanotechnology book “Soft Machines: nanotechnology and life” and editor of the Soft Machines blog, has written a short book provocatively titled “Against Transhumanism – The delusion of technological transcendence.” The book, an edited compilation of essays previously published on Soft Machines and IEEE Spectrum, is free to download.