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] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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