Thoughts on Technology

  1. Superintelligence

    Artificial superintelligence poses the greatest threat to our species, a threat we had better start addressing soon if we're to have any hope of addressing it at all.

  2. When We Build

    “We make our world what it is, and we become the kind of people who live in it.”

  3. The Alchemist

    Societies and individuals obey different, sometimes conflicting, moral systems.

  4. Anathem

    Information wants to be promiscuous.

  5. A History of the Future in 100 Objects

    The future will be a lot like the present, only more.

  6. Resiliency, Risk, and a Good Compass: Tools for the Coming Chaos

    As new technologies disrupt old orders, we as a society may find it useful to adopt some of the agile methodologies from the tech start-up world. But this can't mean that we let people fail the way most start-ups do.

  7. Black Mirror

    Does technology amplify the ugliest aspects of humanity, or merely reveal them?

  8. Pump Six

    Our species can barely handle the present day: how the hell are we going to handle the future?

  9. Terminal World

    What if disturbances in the fabric of spacetime enforced technological disparities between parts of a city?

  10. Manna: Two Visions of Humanity’s Future

    Technology will render human toil unnecessary; whether that renders humans unnecessary is up to us.

  11. The Most Human Human

    Trying to make computers pass as human can tell us a good bit about what it means to be human in the first place.

  12. You Are Not a Gadget

    All technologies have an implicit model of what a user is, and the more we use them, the less we can help living up to however much or little they expect of us.

  13. What Technology Wants

    We can better understand and orient ourselves to technology if we consider it a living thing.

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