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Corporate Futurists, In-House Futurists
As drones have become the most prominent weapon in the US arsenal, scrutiny of their use has grown. People note the hundreds of civilian casualties they have caused, and are concerned by the secrecy of their rules of engagement and the seeming remove their operators have from the real-world consequences of their actions. In response, some are calling for drones to be banned. As one petition puts it, drones “remoteness provides those responsible with a sense of immunity. Weaponized drones are no more acceptable than land mines, cluster bombs, or chemical weapons. The world must renounce and forbid their manufacture, possession, or use.
Alvin Toffler (born October 4, 1928) is an American writer and futurist , known for his works discussing the digital revolution , communication revolution , corporate revolution and technological singularity . A former associate editor of Fortune magazine, his early work focused on technology and its impact (through effects like information overload ). Then he moved to examining the reaction of and changes in society . His later focus has been on the increasing power of 21st century military hardware, weapons and technology proliferation, and capitalism .
Raymond "Ray" Kurzweil ( / ˈ k ɜr z w aɪ l / KURZ -wyl ; born February 12, 1948) is an American author, inventor, futurist , and director of engineering at Google . Aside from futurology, he is involved in fields such as optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis , speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments. He is the author of several books on health, artificial intelligence (AI), transhumanism , the technological singularity , and futurism . Kurzweil is generally recognized as a public advocate for the futurist and transhumanist movements, due to his stances on life extension technologies, his efforts to forecast future advances in technology, and his interest in the concept of the technological singularity .
There isn’t enough in the world. Not enough wealth to go around, not enough space in cities, not enough medicine, not enough intelligence or wisdom. Not enough genuine fun or excitement. Not enough knowledge. Not enough solutions to global problems. What we need is more .
The Machine Intelligence Research Institute ( MIRI ) is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 to develop safe artificial intelligence software, and to raise awareness of both the dangers and potential benefits it believes AI presents.