Coming soon: An army of hunter-killer robots that will murder humanity

 by Jayson Veley As technology continues to advance, the gap between science fiction and reality becomes smaller and smaller. Just like something straight out of a post-apocalyptic horror film, scientists are now concerned that an Artificial Intelligence robot army that is currently being developed by a top South Korean university could potentially wipe out all of humanity. In February of this year, KAIST University allegedly launched a brand new AI weapons lab, which has thus far led dozens of researchers to believe that the technology being developed there will “have the potential to be weapons of terror.” One of these researchers is Toby Walsh, … Continue reading Coming soon: An army of hunter-killer robots that will murder humanity

Escape the echo chamber

Photo by Jim Young/Reuters First you don’t hear other views. Then you can’t trust them. Your personal information network entraps you just like a cult by C Thi Nguyen is an assistant professor of philosophy at Utah Valley University working in social epistemology, aesthetics and the philosophy of games. Previously, he wrote a column about food for the Los Angeles Times. His latest book is Games: Agency as Art (forthcoming). Edited by Sam Dresser Something has gone wrong with the flow of information. It’s not just that different people are drawing subtly different conclusions from the same evidence. It seems like different intellectual communities no … Continue reading Escape the echo chamber

THE WORLD OF ELEMENTALS – FAERIES OF THE FIVE REALMS

by Elva Thompson, GuestWaking Times “Come fairies! take me out of this dull world, For I would ride with you Upon the wind and dance Upon the mountains like a flame.” ~ W.B. Yeats. The Engineering of Humanity “Toy bewitched, made blind by lusts, disinherited of soul – No common centre Man, no common sire – Knoweth! A sordid solitary thing mid countless brethren with a lonely heart -Through courts and cities the smooth savage roams – feeling himself, his own low self, the whole.”  ~ Coleridge’s Religious Musing The Disconnect Modern man – the smooth savage with a lonely heart living … Continue reading THE WORLD OF ELEMENTALS – FAERIES OF THE FIVE REALMS

How a 4th-century Taoist concept is treating anxiety

People practice tai chi on a snowy afternoon in Prospect Park on January 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)  by DEREK BERES While the Tao Te Ching is not one of the world’s most discussed religious texts, at least relative to the amount of attention the Bible, Quran, and Buddhist and Hindu doctrines receive, Laozi’s slim volume of instructions has massively influenced how we think about Eastern philosophy. The basis of Taoism is embedded in his series of short and punchy ideas that are rooted in, at times, paradoxical thinking. Consider one of his most famous … Continue reading How a 4th-century Taoist concept is treating anxiety