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Thursday, August 27, 2015

AI Catastrophe

A few recent posts have considered the advent of strong AI or possibly even AI super intelligence in the coming decades. As was noted in the prior post, this technology is potentially so powerful it could lead to our extinction or at the opposite extreme could have untold benefits.  This article takes a closer look at the possibilities of AI going bad, in particular the nearer term threat of weak AI (AI that is narrowly tailored for a specific purpose) in the decades before the development of a stronger general AI.
How Much Longer Before Our First AI Catastrophe?

Friday, August 21, 2015

The AI Revolution: Our Immortality or Extinction

This is part two of Tim Urban's article on the coming AI revolution.  Urban gives a sense of the almost unimaginable impact AI could have on the future of humanity- Artificial Superintelligence, or ASI is certainly a real possibility in coming decades and the outcome of the development of this technology could be immortality or extinction. 

Immortality or Extinction?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The AI Revolution: the Road to Superintelligence

The AI Revolution: the Road to Superintelligence

The reason this post took three weeks to finish is that as I dug into research on Artificial Intelligence, I could not believe what I was reading. It hit me pretty quickly that what’s happening in the world of AI is not just an important topic, but by far THE most important topic for our future. So I wanted to learn as much as I could about it, and once I did that, I wanted to make sure I wrote a post that really explained this whole situation and why it matters so much.- Tim Urban

Monday, August 10, 2015

Impact of life extension on world population and population sustainability

Is death necessary?  While radical life extension technology likely remains decades away, constant advances in understanding the processes of aging opens the door to the possibility that at some point in that not so distant future people may be able to choose to live lives that are much longer than a natural life span.

The link below takes a look at the impact of different factors on future world population growth, and also addresses the requirements of a larger world population.

One thought related to this is the role of death in the evolution of life.  Obviously, throughout history death has been necessary to advance life due to the limited resources available in the environment and the process of natural selection.  However, when people can expand their environment by leaving earth and can intelligently adapt to a changing environment by choice through technologies such as gene modification, death is arguably not a necessary element of human life.  The role of death would be in many ways obsolete.

Future population and radical life extension         

Friday, August 7, 2015

Is Our Universe A Fake?

I began bemused. The notion that humanity might be living in an artificial reality — a simulated universe — seemed sophomoric, at best science fiction. But speaking with scientists and philosophers on "Closer to Truth," I realized that the notion that everything humans see and know is a gigantic computer game of sorts, the creation of supersmart hackers existing somewhere else, is not a joke. Exploring a "whole-world simulation," I discovered, is a deep probe of reality.   -  Robert Lawrence Kuhn

Kuhn article on the possibility we live in a simulated reality

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Theories of Everything, Mapped

Quanta Magazine provides a neat, interactive guide to Theories of Everything:

TOE, an interactive guide