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Progressive International: Yanis Varoufakis & Bernie Sanders Launch New Global Movement Against Far Right

You can join here: https://www.progressive-international.org/join/ Interview: https://www.democracynow.org/2018/12/7/progressive_international_yanis_varoufakis_bernie_sanders Advertisements

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I wrote my first Sci-Fi novel in 22 days

Attention nerds and nerdettes! I have just finished my first sci-fi-ish satire-ish novel in 22 days. It’s called Hyperworld_01_Awakening and it’s about the emergence of Artificial Superintelligence and its immediate aftermath. It has real science, real nerd jokes, and hard-core … Continue reading

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Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now – by Jaron Lanier (2018)

Not that this book has changed my opinion of social media. I am glad someone took the trouble to articulate the problems. I have, however, already reduced drastically my presence on social media. Link to book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37830765-ten-arguments-for-deleting-your-social-media-accounts-right-now The Ten Arguments … Continue reading

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CONSIDER THE TURKEY: THOUGHTS FOR THANKSGIVING by Peter Singer

From Ethics in the real world : 86 brief essays on things that matter WHEN I TEACH PRACTICAL ETHICS, I encourage my students to take the arguments we discuss outside the classroom and talk to friends and family about them. … Continue reading

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Nature or Nurture

From: DNA : the story of the genetic revolution by James D. Watson (2017) The unexpectedly low human gene count provoked several op-ed page ruminations on its significance. These tended toward a common theme. Stephen Jay Gould (whose premature death … Continue reading

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Superintelligence: Science or Fiction?

A noteworthy conversation! Elon Musk, Stuart Russell, Ray Kurzweil, Demis Hassabis, Sam Harris, Nick Bostrom, David Chalmers, Bart Selman, and Jaan Tallinn discuss with Max Tegmark (moderator) what likely outcomes might be if we succeed in building human-level AGI, and … Continue reading

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AI Aftermath Scenarios

From Life 3.0 : being human in the age of artificial intelligence by Max Tegmark Libertarian utopia Humans, cyborgs, uploads and superintelligences coexist peacefully thanks to property rights. Benevolent dictator Everybody knows that the AI runs society and enforces strict … Continue reading

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