Matt Zwolinski | A moral case for Universal Basic Income | The Critic Magazine

Precisely how large a UBI should be, who exactly should be eligible to receive it, and how it should be financed and distributed are, of course, important questions that political philosophy alone cannot answer. But for most of us, these questions of policy design, important as they are, are secondary to matters of principle. If [...]

The Parable of the Superhero Movie

You’ve been bitten by a radioactive spider. Or, you come from a doomed planet in the far reaches of space. Maybe, you’re a god, or the child of a god-king. Perhaps you are just an incredibly rich billionaire, philanthropist, playboy or, heaven forbid, orphan. But, the crux of the story is - you have power. [...]

Why we like a good robot story | OUPblog

We have been telling stories about machines with minds for almost three thousand years. In the Iliad, written around 800 BCE, Homer describes the oldest known AI: “golden handmaidens” created by Hephaestus, the disabled god of metalworking. They “seemed like living maidens” with “intelligence… voice and vigour”, and “bustled about supporting their master.” In the Odyssey, Homer [...]

How Humanity Could Last Forever

Our species will face no shortage of existential risks in the coming decades, whether it be from nuclear war, climate change, a bioengineered pandemic, artificial superintelligence, molecular nanotechnology, or threats we have yet to conceive. Despair, cynicism, and misanthropy will get us nowhere, and we need to start thinking of practical ways to ensure the [...]

Cognitive Conditioning: Thinking Fast and Slow (Review)

http://www.youtube.com/watch Dr. Daniel Kahneman's 'Thinking Fast and Slow' (2011) is the culmination of Nobel Prize winning investigation/research into how the mind works. By using insights from the book, we can condition our mind to be faster, smarter and less prone to errors, while solidifying experience and wisdom. This presentation is a review of the basic [...]

Geopolitics of the Indian Ocean: the Indo-Pacific

http://www.youtube.com/watch The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean, its littoral countries are home to almost half the world’s population. two-thirds of the world’s trade passes through the Indian Ocean, including most of its oil supplies. It is no surprise then that the Indian Ocean is fast emerging as the world’s most actively contested geopolitical [...]

The BLUE Economy: Geopolitics of the Future

http://www.youtube.com/watch Introducing Blue Economy: the idea of the Blue Economy looks at Oceanic Space as the next frontier of human development. Before we think of conquering Mars, let’s complete our mastery over Earth - the Oceans are 2/3rds of the Earth’s surface. Optimal use can take us to the next stage of human evolution. The [...]