Should the Singularity be something to fear?

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Whether you believe in the singularly or not, there’s one thing that everyone agrees on, the rapid improvement and pace of all our technology is speeding up at an ever alarming rate. Right now anyone with a smartphone and average 3G connection can video chat with their friends on the opposite side of planet Earth. Twenty years ago this would have been science fiction. More impressive, only a few weeks ago Google’s DeepMind team created an AI that became the world's best player of the game Go within 3 days, a game that is regarded as the most complex board game ever invented

This week join us and our special guest Dr. James Hughes, founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and Editor in Chief for the Journal of Posthuman Studies.

Dr. Hughes is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of Humanity+, the Neuroethics Society, the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and the Working Group on Ethics and Technology at Yale University. He also serves on the State of Connecticut Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee.

You won’t want to miss this week’s discussion as we dive into topics like:

* Which technologies, especially new ones, are likely to have the greatest impact on human beings and human societies in the 21st century?
* What ethical issues do those technologies and their applications raise for humans, our civilization, and our world?
* How much can we extrapolate from the past and how much accelerating change should we anticipate?
* What sort of policy positions can be recommended to promote the best possible outcomes for individuals and societies?

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