The 150 Things the World's Smartest People Are Afraid Of (great quotes here)




Gerd Leonhard 
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The Doomsday Invention - must read on AI

“Before the prospect of an intelligence explosion, we humans are like small children playing with a bomb,” he concludes. “We have little idea when the detonation will occur, though if we hold the device to our ear we can hear a faint ticking sound”

The Doomsday Invention
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/23/doomsday-invention-artificial-intelligence-nick-bostrom
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Gerd Leonhard 
Futurist, Keynote Speaker, Author 
Wired top 100 influencer http://gerd.fm/wired88
Basel / Switzerland

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Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality

A lot of great nuggets in this piece - will comment in more detail later 

“Andrew Simms, of thinktank the New Weather Institute, said the rise of new technologies could be an opportunity to realise the aspirations of the economist John Maynard Keynes, who predicted in 1930 that within a century, technology would have enabled the working week to be reduced to 15 hours with the rest of the time devoted to leisure.”

Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/nov/05/robot-revolution-rise-machines-could-displace-third-of-uk-jobs
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Gerd Leonhard 
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Basel / Switzerland

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Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ (link to must-read report"

“If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch which looks at the likely effects of a robot revolution.

But you might not end up reassured. Though it promises robot carers for an ageing population, it also forecasts huge numbers of jobs being wiped out: up to 35% of all workers in the UK and 47% of those in the US, including white-collar jobs, seeing their livelihoods taken away by machines.”

Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods
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Download this report : 
http://www.bofaml.com/content/dam/boamlimages/documents/articles/D3_006/11511357.pdf

Gerd Leonhard 
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Thomas Piketty proposes flight tax to raise climate funds

This makes sense to me - even thought I'd be hit hard by it, myself

“Air travel should be taxed to protect the world’s vulnerable from drought, flooding and sea level rise. A €180 ($196/£130) levy on business class tickets and €20 on economy class would raise the estimated €150bn a year needed for climate adaptation.  That is one proposal by French economists Lucas Chancel and Thomas Piketty to address global inequalities between high-polluting individuals and the victims of climate change.

“Taxing flights is one way to target high emitting lifestyles, especially if we tax business class more than economy class,” Chancel told Climate Home. “A tax on air tickets to finance development programs already exists in some countries. What we need is to increase its level and generalise it.”

Piketty – author of Capital, a bestseller on wealth inequality – and Chancel outline huge disparities in people’s carbon footprints across the world. One-tenth of people are responsible for 45% of global emissions. “Economic inequalities are reaching record high levels and reducing them constitutes a key challenge to policymakers in the coming decades,” said Chancel.

“It’s the same thing with carbon: another huge challenge that puts our societies at risk. If we fail to address both, our societies can collapse.””

Thomas Piketty proposes flight tax to raise climate funds
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/05/thomas-piketty-proposes-flight-tax-to-raise-climate-funds
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If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy (good read on Privacy )

“Around the same time, I looked into changing my car-insurance policy. I learned that Progressive offered discounts to some drivers who agreed to fit their cars with a tracking device called Snapshot. That people ever took this deal astonished me. Time alone in my car, unobserved and unmolested, was sacred to me, an act of self-communion, and spoiling it for money felt heretical. I shared this opinion with a friend. “I don’t quite see the problem,” he replied. “Is there something you do in your car that you’re not proud of? Frankly, you sound a little paranoid.””

If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/11/if-youre-not-paranoid-youre-crazy/407833/
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Gerd Leonhard 
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The age of love, sex, and robots: TechRepublic Podcast, episode 15 - TechRepublic

“TechRepublic recently wrote about an academic conference on 'Love and Sex with Robots' being declared illegal, which brings up lots of larger ethical questions about robots and artificial intelligence.

That's the main topic of episode 15 of The TechRepublic Podcast, with Jason Hiner, Bill Detwiler, Erin Carson, Hope Reese, and I.”

The age of love, sex, and robots: TechRepublic Podcast, episode 15 - TechRepublic
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-age-of-love-sex-and-robots-techrepublic-podcast-episode-15/


Gerd Leonhard 
Futurist, Keynote Speaker, Author 

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Inside the Pentagon's Effort to Build a Killer Robot - read this !!

“The defense program DARPA is working to create an artificial brain—but what will it mean for humanity if it succeeds?”

Which raises at least one technical problem regarding artificial intelligence and autonomous hunter-killer drones. “I think robot assassins are a very bad idea for a number of reasons,” Kenyon asserts. “Moral and political issues aside, the technical hurdles to overcome cannot be und

Inside the Pentagon's Effort to Build a Killer Robot
http://time.com/4078877/darpa-the-pentagons-brain/

This is only the first of many issues facing us in the near future 



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