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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.

GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Eco-gov > Contributors > Alexandre Maurer
Alexandre Maurer
Objections #2 : Transhumanisme et risques environnementaux by Alexandre Maurer

Cette partie du livre (Partie 4) liste les objections qui sont faites au transhumanisme, et tente d’y répondre. Dans cet article : les craintes de surpopulation, de surconsommation, de perte de diversité génétique…

Technopolitics > Futurism > GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > SpaceThreats > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
What’s new in science & tech? by David Brin

Okay, let’s turn to the side of civilization that is doing best. Doing spectacularly well in fact, despite a relentless campaign to undermine science. Just today—as I type this, in fact—I am in a conference call as a member of the advisory council of The Planetary Society, hearing reports about how TPS - under Bill Nye’s charismatic leadership - has seen a turnaround, with increasing membership and a social media following that has crested above a million! Why? Because people are noticing how many wondrous accomplishm...

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.

SciencePolicy > Safety and Efficacy > GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Solving problems: Energy, Climate and Remaking the Planet by David Brin

Here is another science posting, with lots of amazing news. But nowadays, it is impossible to do this without politics foaming over the rim. And so, to start off—

SciencePolicy > Safety and Efficacy > Rights > HealthLongevity > GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Biosecurity > Resilience > Directors > George Dvorsky
George Dvorsky
How to Survive the Next Catastrophic Pandemic by George Dvorsky

Experts say it’s not a matter of if, but when a global scale pandemic will wipe out millions of people. And we are grossly unprepared for the next major outbreak. But in the event of a devastating pandemic—whether it be triggered by a mutated strain of an existing virus or a bioengineered terror weapon—there are some practical things you can do, both before and during the outbreak, to increase your odds of survival.

Francaise > GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Biosecurity > Cyber > Military > Resilience > Advisory Board > Didier Coeurnelle
Didier Coeurnelle
Terrorismes, millénarismes, résurrections et athéismes by Didier Coeurnelle

Les opinions exprimées ci-dessous ne contredisent pas une volonté de dialogue ouvert à celles et ceux qui pratiquent des religions prônant la recherche d’un monde meilleur dans « l’au-delà » mais aussi ici et maintenant. Ces personnes soucieuses du bien public collectif forment l’immense majorité des croyants.

Initialement publié sur le site de l’Association Française Transhumaniste - Technoprog

GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Military > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
It’s a tough world out there: and now a drumbeat for war on Iran. by David Brin

Papa Heinlein promised us interesting times during what he forecast as “The Crazy Years.” And boy are we in it.  I’ll have more, later, about Heinlein’s creepy-on-target prescience. But today, let’s focus on International affairs.

GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > SpaceThreats > Affiliate Scholar > B. J. Murphy
B. J. Murphy
Republican Congressmen Order DARPA to Halt Construction of Space Robot by B. J. Murphy

Believe it or not, President Donald Trump has repeatedly noted interest in space research and exploration. I don’t shy away from my various disagreements with the new President, but I’m also willing to admit that I particularly enjoy his pro-space venture policies. Which is why I find it a bit disconcerting to hear that Republican members of Congress are now ordering DARPA to end their work on Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites.