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Why don’t we grieve for extinct species?

Why don’t we grieve for extinct species? | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
We have no rituals for coping with extinction, ecological destruction or environmental loss. And that’s a problem. Now, an impassioned group of artists and activists are trying to create them.
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It's a cognitive bias: survivorship bias
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Yes, the experts are worried about the existential risk of artificial intelligence

Yes, the experts are worried about the existential risk of artificial intelligence | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
A defense of the warnings about AI in philosopher Nick Bostrom’s book Superintelligence.
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A response to “No, Experts Don't Think Superintelligent AI is a Threat to Humanity” by Oren Etzioni
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Stephen Hawking: AI will be 'either best or worst thing' for humanity

Stephen Hawking: AI will be 'either best or worst thing' for humanity | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
Professor praises creation of Cambridge University institute to study future of artificial intelligence
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Yet another Hawking-AIExRisk piece -- though this one from the Guardian, so take it with a grain of salt...
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Should We Let Uploaded Brains Take Over the World?

Should We Let Uploaded Brains Take Over the World? | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
There would be advantages, of course, but...it still might not be the smartest move
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Most experts say AI isn’t as much of a threat as you might think

Most experts say AI isn’t as much of a threat as you might think | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
If you ask the people who should really know, you’ll find that few believe AI is a threat to humanity.
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A thoughtful and careful article taking a position against the significant number who today identify AI as the most significant existential risk.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/fashion/artificial-intelligence-as-a-threat.html

RT @FHIOxford: The New York Times on AI and existential risk http://t.co/gQD0dZgmf6
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Superintelligence: paths, dangers, strategies - YouTube

Professor Nick Bostrom, Director, Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technologies Join Professor Nick Bostrom for a talk on his new book, Super...
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The scientific A-Team saving the world from killer viruses, rogue AI and the paperclip apocalypse

The scientific A-Team saving the world from killer viruses, rogue AI and the paperclip apocalypse | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
They don't look like Guardians Of The Galaxy-style superheroes. But, says Andrew Martin, the founders of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk may be all that stands between us and global catastrophe
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The Cambridge Center for the Study of Existential Risk is profiled in The Guardian

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Why Superintelligence May Not Help Us Think about Existential Risks — or ... - Lifeboat Foundation (blog)

Among transhumanists, Nick Bostrom is well-known for promoting the idea of ‘existential risks’, potential harms which, were they come to pass, would annihilate the human condition altogether.
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DeepMind, MetaMed, Existential Risk, and the Intelligence Explosion

DeepMind, MetaMed, Existential Risk, and the Intelligence Explosion | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
Adam Ford and Jaan Tallinn talk about DeepMind, MetaMed, Existential Risk, and the Intelligence Explosion. Jaan is an Estonian programmer who participated in the development of Skype in 2002 and FastTrack/Kazaa, ...
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Article by Anders Sandberg on Existential Risk | Future of Humanity ...

Last week Anders Sandberg wrote an article in the Conversation entitled “the five biggest threats to human existence.” The article discusses the risks of nuclear weapons, biotechnology, and superintelligence.
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Existential Risks: An Educational Video for the Lifeboat Foundation by Dr. Kim Solez

Video by Dr. Kim Solez on existential risks prepared for the Lifeboat Foundation. The Bill Joy video excerpt from the year 2000 in "The Future Doesn't Need U...
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Lessons from History for Existential Risk

Lessons from History for Existential Risk | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
I have realized after the fact that two recent posts — Ott on Heidegger and Science and Public Policy — are related in an essential way. In the latter I suggested that both scientists and public...
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Another of my blog posts on existential risk...

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To Save Humanity's Knowledge from Extinction, Researchers are Preserving It in An Incredible New Way

To Save Humanity's Knowledge from Extinction, Researchers are Preserving It in An Incredible New Way | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
The Memory of Mankind project is preserving the world's most important knowledge, including how Edward Snowden exposed corrupt government.
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AI Is Not out to Get Us

AI Is Not out to Get Us | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
Hollywood’s dark vision of machines taking over belies how far AI is from meaningful reality—and what it will look like when it gets there
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The AI ExRisk drumbeat continues...
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Stephen Hawking hailed a new AI research centre as 'crucial to the future of our civilisation and our species'

Stephen Hawking hailed a new AI research centre as 'crucial to the future of our civilisation and our species' | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
Renowned physics professor Stephen Hawking believes that AI will be "either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity."
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The drumbeat continues on AI as the greatest existential risk for the near-term future...

Also interesting to see Stephen Hawking lending his name and reputation to this and the existential risk threat of METI -- what is it about these two risks that gains the attention of science celebrities?
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20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity

20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
We asked leading scientists to predict the future. Here’s what they had to say
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This is a pretty superficial survey, and I agreed very little with it, but it is a useful review of ideas that are prevalent today.
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Anticipating the rise of the machine

Anticipating the rise of the machine | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
How will the robots and machines revolt? Perhaps not in the way we think, writes Joe Gelonesi, who interviews two leading philosophers with very different views about the threat of artificial intelligence.
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Podcast #62 – Prof Nick Bostrom – On Existential Risk and Individual Contribution to the “Good”

Podcast #62 – Prof Nick Bostrom – On Existential Risk and Individual Contribution to the “Good” | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
We know what Elon Musk fears our greatest existential risk to be (AI), but is it all risk? http://t.co/WBdGBM0hR8
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Albert Camus, Our Existential Epidemiologist - Daily Beast

Albert Camus, Our Existential Epidemiologist - Daily Beast | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
The author of one of the best books ever written about a plague, Albert Camus has a lot to teach us today about how to approach this faceless, inexplicable evil.
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I certainly don't think that ebola is the next plague and it is no existential risk, but, that being said, this article seeing the present ebola deaths through the lens of Camus' The Plague is worth reading. Humanity certainty is at risk from a pandemic, and we will probably see one in the coming centuries, so as an exercise in thinking about existential risk from plague, this is relevant.

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The “Wicked Problem” of Existential Risk with AI (Artificial Intelligence)

The “Wicked Problem” of Existential Risk with AI (Artificial Intelligence) | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them. – Laurence J. Peter Numerous stories were in the news last week about the proposed Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER), set to open at Cambridge University in 2013. After decades of movies of computers and robots going awry, who wouldn’t celebrate this as a good thing? As a researcher in artificial general intelligence (AGI) and ethics who agrees that artificial intelligences (AIs) *are* an existential risk, let me raise my hand.
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Jaan Tallinn Discusses CSER, Existential Risk and the Intelligence Explosion

The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) For the uninitiated, what is xRisk? What's the difference between the study of xRisk at CSER ...
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A new existential risk reduction organisation has launched in ...

Last week, CSER founder Jaan Tallinn spoke at the launch of the Future of Life Institute, for which he is one of five founding members. FLi stands to become an important voice for the reduction of existential risk – its mission is ...
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Existential Risk: The 21st Century's Greatest Challenge (Dr Sean O hEigeartaigh)

Dr Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh talks about the challenges that existential risks from technology will pose in the next 50 years, and the role of foresight experts an...
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This short (less than 14 minute) presentation made available by the Oxford Future of Humanity Institute focuses primarily on technological existential risks.

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Elon Musk Is Right: Colonizing the Solar System Is Humankind's Insurance ... - Singularity Hub

Elon Musk Is Right: Colonizing the Solar System Is Humankind's Insurance ... - Singularity Hub | Existential Risk | Scoop.it
Why blow billions of dollars on space exploration when billions of people are living in poverty here on Earth?

You’ve likely heard the
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