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...
Statement on Christchurch Shootings

Statement on Christchurch Shootings

New Zealand is a country built on principles of an open and free society, where people are free to believe and worship as they please. The New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists stand fast to this principle as it is the cornerstone of an enlightened...

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...
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...