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Why an AI arms race with China would be bad for humanity

Why an AI arms race with China would be bad for humanity

In a provocative op-ed in the New York Times last week, PayPal and Palantir founder Peter Thiel argued that artificial intelligence is “a military technology.” So, he asks, why are companies like Google and Microsoft, which have opened research labs in China to recruit Chinese researchers for their cutting-edge AI research, “sharing it with a…
Tristan Harris says tech is “downgrading” humanity — but we can fix it

Tristan Harris says tech is “downgrading” humanity — but we can fix it

The unchecked growth of technology is like climate change, says tech ethics advocate and Time Well Spent co-creator Tristan Harris. Problems such as “tech addiction, polarization, outrage-ification of culture, the rise in vanities [and] micro-celebrity culture” are all, in fact, symptoms of a larger disease, he said: “The race to capture human attention by tech…
Here are the ways nature could wipe out humanity

Here are the ways nature could wipe out humanity

An asteroid killed the dinosaurs. Could that happen to us? What about a supervolcanic eruption blocking out the sun? Or a solar flare or nearby supernova event? Anders Sandberg is a researcher at Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, where he writes about existential risks — dangers that threaten the continued survival of our species. Existential…
The case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity

The case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity

Stephen Hawking has said, “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Elon Musk claims that AI is humanity’s “biggest existential threat.” That might have people asking: Wait, what? But these grand worries are rooted in research. Along with Hawking and Musk, prominent figures at Oxford and UC Berkeley…
Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk want a Mars colony to save humanity

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk want a Mars colony to save humanity

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns us that climate change could be shaping up to be even more catastrophic than we feared. Too many world governments are still armed with nuclear weapons that they’ve nearly deployed by accident on occasion. We’re unprepared for pandemics, and technological advancement is bringing within reach new threats to…

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