What are some of the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI)? Which AI dangers are the most urgent right now? A Google engineer’s recent claim that a chatbot he was testing became sentient shines a spotlight on the benefits and potential dangers of artificial intelligence. Experts say we’re ill-prepared as a society to address these dangers. Read on to learn about the three current dangers of artificial intelligence, according to ethicists and researchers.
What does it mean to be “anti-Enlightenment”? What kind of attitudes or paradigms fit into this category? According to Steven Pinker, four forces are standing in the way of humanity’s progress: religion, anti-scientism, tribalism, and declinism. He believes that the world is on the right track but argues that these enemies of progress must be stopped if human advancement is to continue. Continue reading to learn more about Pinker’s argument.
Do you want to know how to age well? What lifestyle habits should you adopt to offset the effects of aging on your body and mind? Aging is an unpleasant yet inevitable part of life. However, people age at vastly different rates depending on their genetic profile and lifestyle habits. While you don’t have control over your genetics, you do have some control over your lifestyle. With this in mind, here are five not-so-secret tips on how to age well.
What’s the state of the environment? What’s the outlook for the future? Steven Pinker believes that the world is getting better. One of his measures of Enlightenment progress is the state of the environment. This assessment is perhaps the one that poses the greatest challenge and is the basis for the strongest pushback against his argument that things are getting better. Keep reading to learn why Pinker is optimistic about the environment.
Can artificial intelligence (AI) become sentient? What would happen if AI becomes sentient? What are the dangers? According to the AI research community, the drive to create intelligent machines and use them in our daily lives could eventually lead to the creation of sentient AI. Some believe that if AI becomes sentient, society as a whole needs to address the issue of AI civil rights. Read on to learn if AI can become sentient and what the consequences would be for society.
Why are some people opposed to technology? Are fears about artificial intelligence and bioterrorism valid? Steven Pinker addresses some of the concerns of the anti-technology movement in his book Enlightenment Now. He says that it’s important to allay their fears because, not only are their fears unfounded, they stand in the way of progress. Keep reading to learn Pinker’s views on anti-technology.
Do you struggle to make changes in your life? Should you be a generalist or a specialist? What’s the benefit of understanding other people? The Great Mental Models Volume 2: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology shows how certain scientific principles can be applied personally, professionally, and socially. The authors Rhiannon Beaubien and Shane Parrish use models from these disciplines to understand things such as progress, competition, and relationships. Keep reading for an overview of this fascinating book.
Why are climate change mitigation strategies important? What do scientists suggest we do to reduce global warming? Millions of people around the world will soon find their homes threatened by wildfires, floods, and drought as a result of climate change, according to scientific models. In the U.S. alone, we’re likely to see millions of people fleeing the South and Southwest to escape the deadly heat. Read on to learn how NASA says we can address these threats through climate change mitigation strategies.
How is climate change predicted to impact homeowners? How can you prepare for the potential threats? Scientists predict there will be millions of climate refugees over the next few decades. Whether or not your home is directly threatened by climate change, that could mean major changes for you, and preparing for the worst is better than hoping for the best. Keep reading to learn how to prepare for climate change as a homeowner, according to expert advice.
What are some common misconceptions about sex? Why are men more susceptible to believe these? There are many traditional beliefs about sex that are based on male anatomy and rarely on female anatomy. Because of these beliefs, women often don’t experience the same pleasure men do during sex. Let’s look at the different male-centric sexual misconceptions and how they impact sex.