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The 150 Things the World's Smartest People Are Afraid Of

The 150 Things the World's Smartest People Are Afraid Of
Every year, the online magazine Edge--the so-called smartest website in the world, helmed by science impresario John Brockman--asks top scientists, technologists, writers, and academics to weigh in on a single question. This year, that query was "What Should We Be Worried About?", and the idea was to identify new problems arising in science, tech, and culture that haven't yet been widely recognized. This year's respondents include former presidents of the Royal Society, Nobel prize-winners, famous sci-fi authors, Nassem Nicholas Taleb, Brian Eno, and a bunch of top theoretical physicists, psychologists, and biologists. And the list is long. Like, book-length long. What keeps the smartest folks in the world awake at night? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. image 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. image 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. image 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65.

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10 Reasons an Artificial Intelligence Wouldn't Turn Evil Awesome post.. I'm now more afraid of having my limbs chopped off, despite your skilled arguments against such a fate. Some general thoughts on the matter - I see no reason why an AI, or any set of AIs, wouldn't be susceptible to some form of irrationality, or even emotions of a very alien kind. In particular, this seems more plausible if much of the AI is assembled via evolutionary processes. Imagine an AI learning how to interact with humans via Internet discussions/comments.

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7 Best-Case Scenarios for the Future of Humanity If we don't colonize, we're dead as a species. Its a core imperative of life that must be satisfied at some point. Species that don't spread out and adapt to new environments go extinct far more often than those that do. We might have a "singularity". I just hope that we decide to create laws very soon that take into account that sentience is not necessarily tied to a human mind or limited to it.

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