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Humans for Transparency in Artificial Intelligence

Humans for Transparency in Artificial Intelligence

One thing we can do now is to advocate for the development of AI technology to be as open and transparent as possible -- so that AI is something the whole human race is doing for itself, rather than something being foisted on the rest of the world by one or another small groups. In collaboration with Ethiopian AI firm iCog Labs, we have created an online petition in support of transparent AI.

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Should Africans Learn to Code?

Should Africans Learn to Code?

Randomly clicking through Singularity Hub as I do from time to time, I happened on an article by someone named Nathaniel Calhoun, titled “Future of Work: Why Teaching Everyone to Code Is Delusional.” Initially, the title perplexed me a little, because I’ve long been of the view that everyone should learn elementary programming, in the same way that everyone learns elementary math and science. Havi...

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AI, Can We Destroy the Asteroid?

AI, Can We Destroy the Asteroid?

Imagine we have superhuman artificial intelligence. And let’s assume that it goes well, and doesn’t try to kill us. Turns out, it can solve many of our problems. Then imagine we find an asteroid barreling down on Earth. It’ll get here in two days. Human: AI, can we destroy the asteroid? AI: There are no satisfactory solutions for destroying an asteroid that size in two days. Huma...

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Keith Wiley’s “Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind Uploading”

Keith Wiley’s “Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind Uploading”

Mind uploading has long been one of the most conceptually vexing transhumanist technology ideas.   The promise is amazing: Liberating the human mind from the flawed, limited human body … freedom to take on various bodily forms and explore outer space, cyberspace, the bottom of the ocean, or wherever.   And the same philosophical questions come up again and again: Will your upload be you, or just a...

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Review of “Transforming Humanity” by Maxwell Leistung

Review of “Transforming Humanity” by Maxwell Leistung

Maxwell Leistung, in his recent book Transforming Humanity, has presented a careful and cogent argument that, in fact, it may well be possible for human beings to radically improve their own experience and interaction, even without benefit of currently nonexistent hi-tech interventions.

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More AI Scare Talk from Stephen Hawking

More AI Scare Talk from Stephen Hawking

The barrage of AI scare propaganda increases! A couple months ago it was Nick Bostrom with his book Superintelligence (a nicely-written, rather academic-ish book arguing at length and with great complication that we can’t prove advanced AIs won’t kill us all). A couple weeks ago, it was Elon Musk comparing advanced AI’s to evil supernatural beings Now we have another dire warning from Stephen Hawk...

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We are Watching Sousveillance Gradually Emerge, and Expose More and More Abuses of Power

We are Watching Sousveillance Gradually Emerge, and Expose More and More Abuses of Power

Suddenly, rather than an abstract and science fictional notion, sousveillance is something that makes intuitive sense to everyone who follows the daily news. The emergence of sousveillance is a wonderful example -- suddenly, rather than an abstract and science fictional notion, it's something that makes intuitive sense to everyone who follows the daily news.

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