Category Archives: Futurology

Ideas that add up #167

A theme of all these books is that ASI [artificial super-intelligence] would not need to hate us in order to destroy us. Even if its goal were to bake the perfect Victoria sponge, it might decide to wipe out all … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #150

From his trawl results, Moore measured six pounds of plastic particles for every pound of zooplankton…  Bucky McMahon, ‘Gyres: The terrifying true story of the garbage that could kill the whole human race‘ in Matter Charles Moore began studying ocean plastic after inadvertently … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #143

Turn back the clock three years, to early 2012. RadioShack’s shares were at $10; the business was valued at over $1bn. Net profits had halved in the year just ended, to $1 a share, as the shift towards mobile phones … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #122

Civilizations have throughout history marched blindly toward disaster, because humans are wired to believe that tomorrow will be much like today — it is unnatural for us to think that this way of life, this present moment, this order of … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #112

Strictly speaking, according to Bostrom, the kind of machine-based intelligence that is heading humanity’s way wouldn’t wish its makers harm. But it would be so intent on its own goals that it could end up crushing mankind without a thought, … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #68

Future, n. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured. Quote from Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), American writer and journalist Saturday. Nearly midnight. It’s all I’ve got lying around.

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Ideas that add up #30

People often think that the best way to predict the future is by collecting as much data as possible before making a decision. But this is like driving a car looking only at the rear-view mirror — because data is … Continue reading

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