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Amnon Eden
Though it is true that science can be bent to evil ends, it is more often the case that injustice creeps in through the cracks of our ignorance.
Though it is true that science can be bent to evil ends, it is more often the case that injustice creeps in through the cracks of our ignorance.
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Wolves, as friendly as puppies

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Researchers at Sapience.org foresee market instability intensifying by the computer trading ‘arms race’
STERLING’S FLASH CRASH WAS LONG OVERDUE—
AND THERE WILL BE MANY MORE

Researchers at Sapience.org foresee market instability intensifying by the computer trading ‘arms race’

For Immediate Release

On Friday the sterling has experienced a dramatic, ultrafast crash. It lost 10% of its value in minutes after the Asian markets opened — a decline usually reserved to declarations of war, major earthquakes and global catastrophes — and bounced right back. Although the affected exchanges are yet to release the details, computer trading algorithms almost certainly played a key role. Just like the 2010 Flash Crash, yesterday’s event is characteristic to Ultrafast Extreme Events[1]: split-second spikes in trade caused by ever smarter algorithms razor-focused on making ever-quicker profits. But the arms race is only likely to intensify as computing speed accelerates and AI algorithms become more intelligent.

Read the full press release:
http://sapience.org/posts/sterlingflashcrash/
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For Immediate Release

TOFFLER FORESIGHT AWARD

Celebrating Visionary and Prescient Futurism

In recognition of Toffler's extraordinary work, Sapience Project is planning to offer the Toffler Foresight Award, the format of which is currently being discussed with Toffler's estate. Seeking to encourage others to take on Alvin Toffler’s mantle, the award will be presented to an individual whose ground-breaking work, like Toffler's, made major contributed to the understanding of the disruptive impact of technologically-driven change.

Potential sponsors: Please contact Amnon Eden (a@eden-study.org)

Read more: http://sapience.org/posts/toffler-award/

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‪#‎Futurism‬

The New York Times: it’s almost as if we have collectively stopped planning for the future

>> Look at the news: Politics has become frustratingly small-minded and shortsighted. We aren’t any better at recognizing threats and opportunities that we see emerging beyond the horizon of the next election. While roads, bridges, broadband networks and other vital pieces of infrastructure are breaking down, governments, especially ours, have become derelict at rebuilding things — 'a near-total failure of our political institutions to invest for the future,' as the writer Elizabeth Drew put it recently. In many large ways, it’s almost as if we have collectively stopped planning for the future."

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Review by Terry Winograd
There is a great deal of speculation today about the potential for a "singularity" in which superintelligence emerges, and there is a great deal of debate about what will happen as a result. The scientific and philosophical arguments for and against these s...

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The Technological Singularity: A Definition

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The Technological Singularity: A Definition
First draft, with excerpts from: A.H. Eden, "The Singularity Controversy, Part I: Lessons Learned and Open Questions". Technical Report STR 2016-1, Sapience Project , January 2016, DOI 10.13140 arXiv:1601.05977 Synopsis : Careful expositions of a technologi...

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Professional pride

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