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Jun 29, 2023

Russian Ships Enter Taiwan’s Territory: New Escalation in East Asia? | Vantage with Palki Sharma

Posted by in categories: existential risks, military

Taiwan was on high alert after two Russian warships entered its waters. Taiwan is used to incursions by China, not Russia. It marks a new flare-up in East Asia. Moscow then doubled down by releasing footage of a military drill in the Sea of Japan. East Asia is becoming a powder keg.

The region already deals with tensions between North Korea, South Korea & Japan. And now the US is trying to send a message to Pyongyang by having its largest nuclear submarine visit South Korea.

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Jun 25, 2023

The rise of AI: beware binary thinking

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When Max More writes, it’s always worth paying attention.

His recent article Existential Risk vs. Existential Opportunity: A balanced approach to AI risk is no exception. There’s much in that article that deserves reflection.

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Jun 23, 2023

How existential risk became the biggest meme in AI

Posted by in categories: business, existential risks, robotics/AI

Who’s afraid of the big bad bots? A lot of people, it seems. The number of high-profile names that have now made public pronouncements or signed open letters warning of the catastrophic dangers of artificial intelligence is striking.

Hundreds of scientists, business leaders, and policymakers have spoken up, from deep learning pioneers Geoffrey Hinton and Yoshua Bengio to the CEOs of top AI firms, such as Sam Altman and Demis Hassabis, to the California congressman Ted Lieu and the former president of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid.

Jun 22, 2023

ChatGPT — A Human Upgrade Or Future Malaise?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, Elon Musk, existential risks, robotics/AI

Elon Musk is exploring the possibility of upgrading the human brain to allow humans to compete with sentient AI through ‘a brain computer interface’ created by his company Neuralink. “I created [Neuralink] specifically to address the AI symbiosis problem, which I think is an existential threat,” says Musk.

While Neuralink has just received FDA approval to start clinical trials in humans (intended to empower those with paralysis), only time will tell whether this technology will succeed in augmenting human intelligence as Musk first intended. But the use of AI to augment human intelligence brings up some interesting ethical questions as to which tools are acceptable (a subject to be discussed… More.

Chat GPT may have an effect on critical thinking. Also early adopters may be at an advantage with GPT. Study with students.

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Jun 21, 2023

How North Korea Built the World’s Largest Criminal Empire

Posted by in categories: economics, existential risks

Have you ever wondered how can North Korea afford its nuclear program and the luxury goods for its leadership when its economy is effectively cut off from the world? Well… let me tell you a little secret.

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Jun 17, 2023

8 Dog Breeds That Can Go Extinct Soon

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When we think of extinction, rarely do we think of dogs. However, these 10 dog breeds are almost on the brink of disappearing.

Jun 16, 2023

Sam Altman’s World Tour, in 16 Moments

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, existential risks, robotics/AI

A video worth watching. An amazingly detailed deep dive into Sam Altman’s interviews and a high-level look at AI LLMs.

Missed by much of the media, Sam Altman (and co) have revealed at least 16 surprising things over his World Tour. From AI’s designing AIs to ‘unstoppable opensource’, the ‘customisation’ leak (with a new 16k ChatGPT and ‘steerable GPT 4), AI and religion, and possible regrets over having ‘pushed the button’.

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Jun 13, 2023

The future of AI is unknown. That’s the problem with tech ‘prophets’ influencing AI policy

Posted by in categories: climatology, existential risks, policy, robotics/AI, sustainability

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The skies above where I reside near New York City were noticeably apocalyptic last week. But to some in Silicon Valley, the fact that we wimpy East Coasters were dealing with a sepia hue and a scent profile that mixed cigar bar, campfire and old-school happy hour was nothing to worry about. After all, it is AI, not climate change, that appears to be top of mind to this cohort, who believe future superintelligence is either going to kill us all, save us all, or almost kill us all if we don’t save ourselves first.

Whether they predict the “existential risks” of runaway AGI that could lead to human “extinction” or foretell an AI-powered utopia, this group seems to have equally strong, fixed opinions (for now, anyway — perhaps they are “loosely held”) that easily tip into biblical prophet territory.

Jun 12, 2023

AI researcher, Stanford professor Andrew Ng: AI poses ‘no extinction risk’ for humans

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Unlike many of his peers in the artificial intelligence community, Andrew Ng isn’t convinced about the dangers of AI.

In a video posted to Twitter this week, Ng, a Stanford University professor and founder of several Silicon Valley AI startups, expressed doubt about the doomsday predictions of other executives and experts in the field.

Jun 11, 2023

Oppenheimer — with Robert J. Sawyer

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, existential risks, military, nuclear energy, robotics/AI

Science Fiction author Robert J. Sawyer talks about Oppenheimer and about his Alternate History book: The Oppenheimer Alternative.

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Robert J. Sawyer’s website:

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