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Optimism about the future and the development of technology
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Why manicured lawns should become a thing of the past

Why manicured lawns should become a thing of the past | Future Optimism | Scoop.it
A new wave of plant designers envision a more practical landscape, but also one that’s looser and more thrilling.
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Serious Games And The Future Of Education

Serious Games And The Future Of Education | Future Optimism | Scoop.it
“ Are serious games the classroom tool of the future? Is the future already here?”
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Will super-human AI be subject to evolution?

Will super-human AI be subject to evolution? | Future Optimism | Scoop.it
There has been much speculation about the future of humanity in the face of super-humanly intelligent machines. Most of the dystopian scenarios seem to be driven by plain fear that entities arise that could be smarter and stronger than us. After all, how are we supposed to know which goals the machines will be driven by? Is it possible to have “friendly” AI? If we attempt to turn them off, will they care? Would they care about their own survival in the first place? There is no a priori reason to assume that intelligence necessarily implies any goals, such as survival and reproduction. But, in spite of being rather an optimist otherwise, some seemingly convincing thoughts led me to the conclusion that there is a reason and that we can reasonably expect those machines to be a potential threat to us. The reason is, as I will argue, that the evolutionary process that has created us and the living world will continue to be valid for future intelligent machines. Just as this process has installed the urge for survival and reproduction in us, it will do so in the machines as well.
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Predicting The Future - NPR

Predicting The Future - NPR | Future Optimism | Scoop.it
“NPR Predicting The Future NPR Visions of the future don't just have to come from science fiction. There's very real technology today giving us clues about how our future lives might be transformed. So what might our future look like?”
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Kirk's Wager: Jaron Lanier on the Imperative of Techno-Optimism | Rightly Understood | Big Think

Kirk's Wager:  Jaron Lanier on the Imperative of Techno-Optimism | Rightly Understood | Big Think | Future Optimism | Scoop.it
So you might think I’m excessively anti-technological. That’s not true at all. I do think that liberal education should be a counterweight to all our technological obsessions. That means its emphasis—as a countercultural effort—should be...
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