The Engagement Maximizers

The Engagement Maximizers

Nick Bostrom described a thought experiment in 2003 about a paperclip maximizer, an artificially general intelligent system whose utility function is to maximize paper clip production. The paperclip maximizer would lack the social values of humans, and so would...

The EV Future

In November Mike Hosking published his opinion of electric cars titled ‘Environmentalists have no grasp on reality‘, concluding that “no matter how hard the media, the spin doctors, and the environmentalists tell us that EVs are here and the future,...
Big Brother’s Wet Dream

Big Brother’s Wet Dream

In the book 1984, George Orwell explores pervasive surveillance and social control. Citizens in 1984 experience total surveillance, potentially monitored twenty four hours a day through cameras and microphones that are installed into all homes. Everything said and...

Artificial Intelligence Resources

Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence Why AI researchers shouldn’t turn their backs on the military The World Economic Forum warns that AI may destabilize the financial system Children ‘at risk of robot influence’ AI...
State of Surveillance

State of Surveillance

In George Orwell’s 1984 the state had something like a TV in every room that was two way. There could be someone watching or listening to you at any time, and therefore you could not assume that it was safe to talk about any critical views of the state without...

Islam and Humanism

Thanks to all who posted on ‘Islam and Rationalism’. Here are some thoughts on Islam and Humanism. I see Humanism as being more concerned with the ethics of human coexistence and Rationalism being more concerned with the development of accurate understanding. An...