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Cambridge University study centre focuses on risks that could annihilate mankind

Research group focuses on synthetic biology, artificial intelligence and environmental threats

 UPDATED : Sunday, 16 March, 2014, 3:23am

 Kate Whitehead

Illustration: Sarene Chan

Consider these two scenarios – supercomputers take over the world, destroying their human creators; or else a man-made virus is released, wiping out life on earth. 1,211 more words

Hmmm?

Nick Bostrom's popular philosophy

http://www.simulation-argument.com/

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Nick Bostrom might turn out to be a brilliant, historically important, civilization-changing thinker. It’s too early to say. Whether he is brilliant or not, I suspect that eventually I will come to some philosophical disagreement with him. 92 more words

Philosophy

Are we living in a computer simulation?

Edward Frenkel in the New York Times:

But one fanciful possibility is that we live in a computer simulation based on the laws of mathematics — not in what we commonly take to be the real world.

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