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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

Posted by in categories: existential risks, robotics/AI

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.

Where to find ‘The Oppenheimer Alternative” book?
Robert J. Sawyer’s website: https://sfwriter.com.

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Jun 10, 2023

Europe’s most dangerous ‘supervolcano’ could be creeping toward eruption, scientists warn

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks

Italy’s Campi Flegrei is showing some troubling early warning signs, but scientists caution that its eruption is far from certain.

Jun 8, 2023

The Y Chromosome Is Vanishing. A New Sex Gene Could Be The Future of Men

Posted by in categories: existential risks, sex

The sex of human and other mammal babies is decided by a male-determining gene on the Y chromosome. But the human Y chromosome is degenerating and may disappear in a few million years, leading to our extinction unless we evolve a new sex gene.

The good news is two branches of rodents have already lost their Y chromosome and have lived to tell the tale.

A recent paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows how the spiny rat has evolved a new male-determining gene.

Jun 5, 2023

The rise of AI: ‘AI doomsday’ or the best thing since sliced bread?

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

A raft of industry experts have given their views on the likely impact of artificial intelligence on humanity in the future. The responses are unsurprisingly mixed.

The Guardian has released an interesting article regarding the potential socioeconomic and political impact of the ever-increasing rollout of artificial intelligence (AI) on society. By asking various experts in the field on the subject, the responses were, not surprisingly, a mixed bag of doom, gloom, and hope.

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Jun 1, 2023

Terrifying New Use Of AI Brings Humanity One Step Closer To Extinction

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