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The winds of change are upon us …

Autonomous car, electric carEvery action has consequences … and those consequences have consequences … which also have consequences … simple concept, easy definition. Second and Third Order consequences … I read a great article about this earlier today.

Lets take a prolonged drought for instance. They have far reaching consequences beyond the obvious ones.

  • First Order – As a result of a drought, crops fail.
  • Second Order – The crop failures lead to farm foreclosures.
  • Third Order – The farm foreclosures result in out migration to the cities.
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Moral ambiguity and Artificial Intelligence (AI) …

Artificial Intelligence, Neural Lace
Elon Musk is working on an Neural Lace

Moral ambiguity and Artificial Intelligence (AI) …

“It’s not that simple.” That phrase raises red flags in my mind … It always seems to be the opening line when someone is about to be morally ambiguous. And moral ambiguity is the twin sibling of situational ethics. Both lead to bad, bad ends … very bad … right?

Yes and no. Talk about ambiguity huh?

Let’s take a look at a couple of topics. The first will be a quick look at the technical differences between two isolated human population groups; The Inuit and Aboriginal Tasmanians. Second is a quick (promise) look at an article that appeared in Vanity Fair, ELON MUSK’S BILLION-DOLLAR CRUSADE TO STOP THE A.I. APOCALYPSE. Well worth reading, by the way.

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Looking at Transhumanism … Part 3

transhumanism blogWhat are we to think about Transhumanism? …. Part 3

My first blog on the topic had a headline that was a transparent ploy to generate curiosity … The Invisible and Critical Issue of the Postmodern Era.

As I’ve read about and researched the subject over the last ten or so years it really hasn’t been invisible in some circles. A ton of articles, blogs, and miscellanies of public discourse exist on the matter.

But that said, I’ll circle back to part 1 of this blog series to reiterate that it has not resonated with anyone I know outside of academia, scientific and research circles and the geekiverse.

The people that are talking about it publicly fall broadly into two camps, pro and con. This is likely the problem.

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Transhumanism, The Promises and the Threats … Part 2

Transhuman mind, crisprTranshumanism, The Promises and the Threats … 2nd  Post In a series.

In the first post, we took a high-level look at Transhumanism.

To recap, Transhumanism is based on the belief that human evolution is intertwined with technology. Technology has advanced to the point where we can now do things that will alter the definition of what it means to be human. Some of these technologies will be potentially dangerous. We ought to embrace this trend as an evolutionary challenge in order to guide and direct that change and move humanity up the evolutionary ladder to ‘the next step’.

So what exactly are we dealing with here?

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