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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.

Technopolitics > Sociology > Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > GlobalDemocracySecurity > GlobalGov > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
Comey’s Firing: Do We Live in a Kleptocracy? by John G. Messerly

Every time I sit down to write about something I want to write about—like how to find meaning in a secular age, or ponder the imminent birth of my new granddaughter—I find my reverie interrupted by the political turmoil surrounding me.

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—

Technopolitics > Sociology > GlobalDemocracySecurity > GlobalGov > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
The lessons the left should (and shouldn’t) take from the victory of Macron by Rick Searle

In 2016 populism burst upon liberal democracies like a whirlwind. Yet, since Trump’s election in November of last year the storm appears to have passed. There was the defeat of the far right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer in Austria (of all places) in December of last year followed by the loss of the boldly pompadoured (which seems to be a thing now on the right) Geert Wilders in parliamentary elections in the Netherlands a few months back, followed by the seeming victory of the Kutcher faction over the Bannon faction in the Trump ad...

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.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Rights > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
On the use and misuse of 1984 in the reign of Trump by Rick Searle

Events have taken such a dark turn in the United States with the election of Trump that many have felt the need to go back to the dystopian classics to get their bearings. These were novels written in the first half of the prior century when totalitarianism wasn’t just something relegated to gray photos in our history books while we lived our days in the bright neo-liberal sunlight of the post- Cold War era, but actually roamed alive and deadly in the real world.

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.