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GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Contributors > Margaret Morris > HealthLongevity > Futurism > Biosecurity > SciTech > Resilience
Margaret Morris
Nuclear Waste Pollution is an Existential Risk that Threatens Global Health by Margaret Morris

Deadly environmental pollution has become an existential risk that threatens the prospect for the long-term survival of our species and a great many others. Here we will focus on the nuclear waste aspect of the problem and ways to mitigate it before there is a critical tipping point in our global ecosystem.

As philosopher Nick Bostrom said in his 2001 paper titled “Existential Risks,” published in the Journal of Evolution and Technology, “Our future, and whether we will have a future at all, may well be determined by how we de...

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly > Phil Torres > SpaceThreats > Biosecurity > Cyber > Eco-gov > Military > SciTech
John G. Messerly
Review of Phil Torres’ The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us About the Apocalypse by John G. Messerly

Phil Torres’ new book The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse, is one of the most important books recently published. It offers a fascinating study of the many real threats to our existence, provides multiple insights as to how we might avoid extinction, and it is carefully and conscientiously crafted.

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Bioculture > Fellows > Ramez Naam > Technoprogressivism > Biosecurity > SciTech
Ramez Naam
Why I’m Starting the First AngelList Cleantech Syndicate by Ramez Naam

I’ve been writing and speaking about the incredible pace of solar, wind, and storage for years. I’ve been quietly investing in startups in that space as well.

Today I’m taking a new step: I’m launching an AngelList Syndicate specifically focused on investing in clean energy technology. If you’re an angel investor, I invite you to come join me.

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.

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Affiliate Scholar > Phil Torres > Artificial Intelligence > SpaceThreats > Biosecurity > Cyber > Eco-gov > Military > SciTech > Resilience
Phil Torres
A New Doomsday Argument by Phil Torres

I want to elaborate briefly on an issue that I mentioned in a previous article for the IEET, in which I argue (among other things) that we may be systematically underestimating the overall probability of annihilation. The line of reasoning goes as follows:

Rights > HealthLongevity > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Affiliate Scholar > B. J. Murphy > Innovation > Biosecurity > ReproRights
B. J. Murphy
Transcending Overpopulation With a Bionic Future by B. J. Murphy

Recently, in response to the article, “Humai’s Vision of the World of Tomorrow,” I was asked an excellent question by Jaspreet Saluja; he asked: Why would the govt. want to allow HUMAI, given the unsustainable population that it will bring given that nobody dies?

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Bioculture > Contributors > Nicoletta Iacobacci > CyborgBuddha > Technoprogressivism > Biosecurity > SciTech
Nicoletta Iacobacci
Pulp Ethics Exponential tech needs exponential ethics by Nicoletta Iacobacci

Numerous innovations have the potential to dramatically augment human cognition and capabilities. They could magnify the economy and give rise to other, even more powerful technologies. Our response to this is crucial.

Rights > Economic > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Bioculture > Fellows > David Brin > Biosecurity
David Brin
Is Cheap Oil a Bad Thing? by David Brin

I cannot understand the markets’ panic over lower oil prices.  Sure, it hurts if you own Exxon or drilling-fracking services companies, or work for one, or if you are Saudi or Venezuela or Russia or Iran.  But for most of the world, it amounts to a spectacular tax cut and cost discount for all manufacturers, transportation and consumers of almost anything. See this article on much cheaper airline deals. 

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Bioculture > Advisory Board > Gray Scott > HealthLongevity > Enablement > Innovation > Biosecurity
Gray Scott
#1: Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever by Gray Scott

According to IEET readers, what were the most stimulating stories of 2015? This month we’re answering that question by posting a countdown of the top 30 articles published this year on our blog (out of more than 1,000), based on how many total hits each one received.

The following piece was first published here on September 29, 2015,  and is the #1 most viewed of the year.