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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.

Technopolitics > Sociology > Philosophy > SciencePolicy > Innovation > Rights > CognitiveLiberty > Political Empowerment & Participation > GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Eco-gov > Vision > Bioculture > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
Utopia Now! by Rick Searle

Given all the chaos and pessimism lately and in light of the fact that with the inauguration of Trump we will be walking into very dangerous times, it’s perhaps a good moment for a little bit of hope, though the progressive rallies over the last few days certainly make me feel hopeful.

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.