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Nick Bostrom: What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as “smart” as a human being. 96 more words

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Nick Bostrom: What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as “smart” as a human being. 96 more words

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Nick Bostrom to Lecture on the (Possible) End of Humanity, June 7, in Santa Fe

The School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, is pleased to announce that Professor Nick Bostrom, Director of the Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford, will be lecturing in Santa Fe on June 7, 2015, at 2 pm in the James A. 235 more words

Anthropological Theory

Suboptimal Civilizations

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When Thinking about civilization this also entails thinking about compromised forms of civilization as well as the end of civilization. Ideally, a comprehensive theory of civilization would be able to account for both civilizations that flourish and prosper as well as those that fail to flourish, and which stagnate, decline, or disappear, or which develop in an undesirable direction (flawed realization). 1,959 more words

Civilization

Opening Pandora's box

Should some conversations be suppressed?

Are there ideas which could prove so incendiary, and so provocative, that it would be better to shut them down? 4,014 more words

Books

On boiling frogs

If you drop a frog into a pan of boiling water it will jump out. Frogs aren’t stupid. But if a frog is sitting in a pan which is gradually heated it will become soporific and fail to notice when it boils to death at 100 degrees. 538 more words

Artificial Intelligence