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Artificial Intelligence – Will it be Smarter than You in Your Lifetime?

Artificial Intelligence – Will it be Smarter than You in Your Lifetime?

Adam Ford argues for the position that Artificial Intelligence Will Be Smarter Than Humans in the lifetime of a young adult (sometime before the end of this century). This was one side of a debate put on my Melbourne University for a philosophy course. Adam discusses reasons why AI becoming smarter than human level intelligence…

The Biohappiness Revolution – David Pearce

The Biohappiness Revolution – David Pearce

Philosopher David Pearce discusses the Biohappiness Revolution, and his forthcoming book. What is health? According to WHO: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Further on the rights to health: “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of…

Anders Sandberg – Aliens, Bayesians and Blurry Footage of UFOs

Anders Sandberg – Aliens, Bayesians and Blurry Footage of UFOs

Are we alone in our sector of the cosmos? Do sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena herald an alien invasion?The declassification of US military footage has rekindled a fiery feud – but before committing to a position in this debate, how can we assess the likelihood (given the existing evidence), that we are being visited by…

The Age of A.I. – empowering narratives or accurate forecasts?
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The Age of A.I. – empowering narratives or accurate forecasts?

An interesting new series ‘The Age of A.I.’ narrated by Robert Downey Jr. – this first episode looks at how AI’s interact with humans ‘Affective Computing’ using object recognition, NLP attempting to simulate human emotion, digital avatars which work like agents for us – similar to John M. Smart’s idea of a digital twin (I…

Event: Responding to the Replication Crisis & Achieving Public Trust in Science – Martin Bush

Event: Responding to the Replication Crisis & Achieving Public Trust in Science – Martin Bush

What is the replication crisis in science? What does it mean for public trust in science? Martin Bush will discuss these issues as well as the repliCATS project as a response to the replication crisis. Agenda: 5.30 – Meet, great, and eat.. pub food – it’s actually not bad! Feel free to come early to…

Conference: AI & Human Enhancement – Understanding the Future – Early 2020
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Conference: AI & Human Enhancement – Understanding the Future – Early 2020

Introduction Overview The event will address a variety of topics futurology (i.e. accelerating change & long term futures, existential risk, philosophy, transhumanism & ‘the posthuman’) in general though it will have a special focus on Machine Understanding. How will we operate along side artificial agents that increasingly ‘understand’ us, and important aspects of the world…

Cancelling the Apocalypse – Avoiding Civilisational Collapse

Cancelling the Apocalypse – Avoiding Civilisational Collapse

Cancelling the Apocalypse – Why do civilizations collapse? And is our own civilization ripe for collapse? 2:19 Are we on the road to civilizational collapse? 11:01 Why we need global governance, not global government 18:20 The double-edged sword of civilizational complexity 24:11 The apocalyptic scenario Bob fears most 42:01 Luke: Not every problem has a…

Jerry Shay – The Telomere Theory of Ageing – Interview At Undoing Ageing, Berlin, 2019
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Jerry Shay – The Telomere Theory of Ageing – Interview At Undoing Ageing, Berlin, 2019

“When telomeres get really short that could lead to a dna damage signal and cause cells to undergo a phenomenon called ‘replicative senescence’…where cells can secrete things that are not necessarily very good for you..” Why is it that immune cells don’t work as well in older age? Listen to the interview here Jerry and…