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The Philosophical Importance of Algorithms

The Philosophical Importance of Algorithms

In the future, every decision that mankind makes is going to be informed by a cognitive system like Watson…and our lives will be better for it. (Ginni Rometty commenting on IBM’s Watson) I’ve written a few posts now about the social and ethical implications of algorithmic governance (algocracy). Today, I want to take a slightly more general perspective on the same topic. To be precise, I want to d...

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Heritability

Heritability

a handy guide to what it means, what it doesn’t mean, and that giant meta-analysis of twin studies

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Are Artificial Intelligence Doomsayers like Skeptical Theists?

Are Artificial Intelligence Doomsayers like Skeptical Theists?

Some of you may have noticed my recently-published paper on existential risk and artificial intelligence. The paper offers a somewhat critical perspective on the recent trend for AI-doomsaying among people like Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates. Of course, it doesn’t focus on their opinions; rather, it focuses on the work of the philosopher Nick Bostrom, who has written the most impressive...

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