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Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology ‘threaten civilisation’ | Technology | The Guardian

via –  The Guardian

Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology have been named alongside nuclear war, ecological catastrophe and super-volcano eruptions as “risks that threaten human civilisation” in a report by the Global Challenges Foundation.

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Which Religions Are Best Prepared to Accept Life in Space? | Gizmodo India

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[H]ere is a priest, outfitted in the finery of a centuries-old church, shaking holy water over the engines, invoking God’s protection for a journey to near-earth orbit. That these two spheres of human creation co-exist is remarkable. That they interact, space agencies courting the sanction of Russian Orthodox Christianity, is strange.

Should your robot driver kill you to save a child’s life?

Should your robot driver kill you to save a child’s life?.

Driverless cars are projected to appear on roads, and make moving from one point to another less cumbersome. Even though they won’t be controlled by humanoid robots, the software that will run them raises many ethical challenges. For instance, should your robot car kill you to save the life of another in an unavoidable crash?

Group Representing Half A Billion Christians Says It Will No Longer Support Fossil Fuels | ThinkProgress

via Group Representing Half A Billion Christians Says It Will No Longer Support Fossil Fuels | ThinkProgress.

The World Council of Churches, a global coalition of 345 churches, made the decision to no longer fund oil, gas, or coal at its central committee meeting in Geneva, and recommended that its members do the same. “The committee discussed the ethical investment criteria, and considered that the list of sectors in which the WCC does not invest should be extended to include fossil fuels,” read the finance policy committee report.

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Keep ‘Killer Robots’ Out of Policing | Human Rights Watch

via Keep ‘Killer Robots’ Out of Policing | Human Rights Watch.

 Fully autonomous weapons, or “killer robots,” would jeopardize basic human rights, whether used in wartime or for law enforcement, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today, on the eve of the first multilateral meeting on the subject at the United Nations.

Philosophy’s Popularity Soars: Devotees Find It’s More Than ‘An Interesting Path to Poverty’ | California Magazine

via Philosophy’s Popularity Soars: Devotees Find It’s More Than ‘An Interesting Path to Poverty’ | California Magazine.

“Philosophy helped me trim the fat in my own thoughts. And I learned how to sit with my thoughts and have some insight and get to know myself a lot better. It was enormously beneficial. It’s the best possible degree I could have gotten, for someone wanting to do something very independent and creative.”

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The Philosophy of ‘Her’ – NYTimes.com

The Philosophy of ‘Her’ – NYTimes.com.

“Her” raises two questions that have long preoccupied philosophers. Are nonbiological creatures like Samantha capable of consciousness — at least in theory, if not yet in practice? And if so, does that mean that we humans might one day be able to upload our own minds to computers, perhaps to join Samantha in being untethered from “a body that’s inevitably going to die”?