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The Limits Of Fantasy - Cox

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:43:50 -0500
Archived: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:43:50 -0500
Subject: The Limits Of Fantasy - Cox




Source: Billy Cox's Blog De Void

http://tinyurl.com/d34hb76

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


The Limits Of Fantasy
by Billy Cox

Cambridge University's recent decision to sponsor a 'Terminator
center' to study the possibility of human extinction by
intelligent robotics naturally caught De Void's eye.

Formally known as the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
(CSER), it's the brainchild of celebrated British cosmologist
Lord Martin Rees. Among other things, the Cambridge team will
explore variations of the homicidal HAL 9000 Space Odyssey
scenario to determine the likelihood of artificial intelligence
making the leap from the big screen to nonfiction.

"We fret unduly about carcinogens in food, train crashes and
low-level radiation," Rees told the media. "But we are in denial
about ‘low-probability high-consequence' events that should
concern us more and which, in our ever more interconnected
world, could have global consequences."

Malicious artificial intelligence isn't the only entree on the
CSER trouble-shooting menu. Included among CSER's "four greatest
threats" to humanity are nuclear war, climate change, and "rogue
biotechnology," and CSER plans to assess those threats as well.
But killer AI is the show-stopper, and it brings to mind a
theory on technological evolution posited by former NASA
historian Steven Dick in the International Journal of
Astrobiology in 2003.


[More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]




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