Anders Sandberg -The Technological Singularity

Anders gives a short tutorial on the Singularity - clearing up confusion and highlighting important aspects of the Technological Singularity ...
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Heavy-Tailed Distributions: What Lurks Beyond Our Intuitions?

Understanding heavy-tailed distributions are important to assessing likelihoods and impact scales when thinking about possible disasters - especially relevant to ...
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Zombie Rights

Andrew Dun provides an interesting discussion on the rights of sentient entities. Drawing inspiration from quantum complementarity, defends a complementary ...
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Extending Life is Not Enough

Dr Randal Koene covers the motivation for human technological augmentation and reasons to go beyond biological life extension. Competition is ...
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Sam Harris on AI Implications -The Ruben Report

A transcription of Sam Harris' discussion on the Implications of Strong AI during recent appearance on the Ruben Report. Sam ...
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Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence with Aubrey de Grey

Projects at SENS Foundation Sens Foundation has a lot of projects that were working on all at the same time.  ...
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The Quantified Self with Anders Sandberg (in under 2 mins)

The Quantified Self movement is usefully encouraging loads of people to record metrics about their personal health - the resulting ...
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AI: The Story So Far – Stuart Russell

Awesome to have Stuart Russell discussing AI Safety - a very important topic. Too long have people been associating the ...
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Suffering, and Progress in Ethics – Peter Singer

Suffering is generally bad - Peter Singer (who is a Hedonistic Utilitarian), and most Effective Altruists would agree with this ...
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A Non-trivial Pursuit of Happiness – Paradise Engineering with David Pearce :-)

It is non-trivial for a couple of reasons: a) the pursuit of this vision of happiness is not trivial - ...
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Review of Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari – Steve Fuller

My sociology of knowledge students read Yuval Harari’s bestselling first book, Sapiens, to think about the right frame of reference ...
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NASA Provides Free Access to All Published Research

NASA recently announced that it is providing free open access to all its published research - "Public access to NASA-funded ...
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‘Wake Enhancement’: Is sleep better than medicine?

'Wake Enhancement': Is sleep better than medicine? Are well rested people happier and more productive people? We have ways of ...
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Lawrence Krauss, Ben Goertzel and Steve Omohundro on the Perils of Prediction

Panel on the Perils of Prediction where Lawrence Krauss , Steve Omohundro and Ben Goertzel set sail on an epic ...
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Buddhism, and the Enlightenment values of discovering What Is?

David Pearce and I recently discussed relating Buddhism to the abolitionist project - both have the reduction of suffering located ...
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Philosophy of Science

a branch of philosophy concerned with the foundations, methods, and implications of science. The central questions concern what counts as science, the reliability of scientific theories, and the purpose of science. This discipline overlaps with metaphysics, ontology and epistemology, for example, when it explores the relationship between science and truth.

Epistemology

questions what knowledge is and how it can be acquired, and the extent to which knowledge pertinent to any given subject or entity can be acquired. Much of the debate in this field has focused on the philosophical analysis of the nature of knowledge and how it relates to connected notions such as truth, belief, and justification.

Unprecedented Technological Growth

Over the last few decades we have seen unprecedented technological change.   Our ability to visualize impacts of technological convergence in the short, medium and long term is detrimental to our survival.  With informed estimates of possible futures, we can hope to achieve clearer visions for a better future, let’s leverage growth in powerful new technologies  to solve global problems.

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