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r/Futurology Sep 05 '22 Helpful

AMA [AMA]My name is David Wood of London Futurists and Delta Wisdom. I’m here to talk about the anticipation and management of cataclysmically disruptive technologies. Ask me anything!

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After a helter-skelter 25-year career in the early days of the mobile computing and smartphone industries, including co-founding Symbian in 1998, I am nowadays a full-time futurist researcher, author, speaker, and consultant. I have chaired London Futurists since 2008, and am the author or leadeeditor of 11 books about the future, including Vital Foresight, Smartphones and Beyond, The Abolition of Aging, Sustainable Superabundance, Transcending Politics, and, most recently, The Singularity Principles.

The Singularity Principles makes the case that

  1. The pace of change of AI capabilities is poised to increase,
  2. This brings both huge opportunities and huge risks,
  3. Various frequently-proposed “obvious” solutions to handling fast-changing AI are all likely to fail,
  4. Therefore a “whole system” approach is needed, and
  5. That approach will be hard, but is nevertheless feasible, by following the 21 “singularity principles” (or something like them) that I set out in the book
  6. This entire topic deserves much more attention than it generally receives.

I'll be answering questions here from 9pm UK time today, and I will return to the site several times later this week to pick up any comments posted later.


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Robotics Exclusive: Boston Dynamics pledges not to weaponize its robots

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r/Futurology 2h ago

Society A Florida community built to weather hurricanes endure

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r/Futurology 1h ago

Society White House Releases Blueprint for Artificial Intelligence Bill of Rights

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r/Futurology 7h ago

Energy Tesla Megapacks Arrive In Hawaii, Kicking Coal To The Curb | Tesla's Megapack battery system is stepping in to fulfill the state’s power requirements after the last shipment of coal.

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r/Futurology 1d ago Helpful

Environment Worm's saliva found to break down plastic in major pollution breakthrough | Climate News

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r/Futurology 5h ago

Robotics China Pairs Armed Robot Dogs With Drones That Can Drop Them Anywhere

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r/Futurology 4h ago

Biotech BlueNalu Says Breakthrough Tech ‘Cracks the Code’ to Significantly Scale Alt Seafood Production

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r/Futurology 6h ago

Energy Hyundai opens reservations for the first "hotel" powered entirely by EVs, complete with a restaurant, bar, and cinema

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r/Futurology 11h ago

Society How Florida's increased minimum wage could impact the future workforce

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r/Futurology 8h ago

Energy Seaweed-based battery powers confidence in sustainable energy storage

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r/Futurology 1d ago

Energy Renewables met 100% of the rise in global electricity demand in the first half of 2022

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r/Futurology 1d ago Calculating

Energy Many scientists see fusion as the future of energy – and they're betting big.

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r/Futurology 1d ago Helpful

Biotech No-Kill Burgers? US Firms Eye Green Light to Sell Lab-Grown Meat

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r/Futurology 9h ago

AI Google’s newest AI generator creates HD video from text prompts

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r/Futurology 8h ago

Economics Moneyless economy simulator

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r/Futurology 9h ago

Environment This New Hydrogen-Powered Sailing Catamaran Cruises Emissions Free While Generating Its Own Fuel. The 80-footer will also feature Sunreef’s patented “solar skin”— which will see the world’s lightest solar cells fully integrated into the bodywork

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r/Futurology 8h ago

AI Can AI 'digital twins' help protect us from climate disasters? | Context

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r/Futurology 9h ago

AI Artificial intelligence may improve suicide prevention in the future

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r/Futurology 21h ago

AI UNSW researchers have shown that artificial intelligence could be more accurate than conventional methods of predicting suicide risk and may improve suicide prevention in the future.

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r/Futurology 5m ago

Economics The Climate Economy Is About to Explode: New report suggests that the Inflation Reduction Act could be even bigger than Congress thinks.

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r/Futurology 1d ago

Space Russian Scientists Propose Plan to Launch Huge Advertisements Into Orbit Over Cities

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r/Futurology 2d ago Take My Energy

Transport Giant supertanker uses 9.8% less fuel thanks to 130-foot sails

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r/Futurology 1d ago

AI Imagen Video, 1280x768 24fps AI generated videos

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r/Futurology 1d ago

Robotics Attack of the pizza-making robots

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r/Futurology 12h ago

Society if there can be a world where everything is possible, everything must be possible? (Stable Diffusion)

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Stable diffusion is quickly catching on in the worldwide community. A model with which you can create any kind of content on an image level and I imagine soon also on an audiovisual level (it may not be stable diffusion but the step is short) and maybe one day even 3D models.

Being able to create any content, even at a realistic level, from nothing, without prior knowledge, means increasing our power of concretising the imagination to levels never seen before. I won't go into possible examples, they are easy to imagine.

But what can it mean? Let us go to the safest example: child pornography. Virtually anyone can create such content and sell/trade it, thanks to stable diffusion - like models. It is the old example of life in cyberspace: if there can be a world where everything is possible, everything must be possible?

Now with stable diffusion, at least on the level of image content, this question becomes more pressing. What do you think?

(Stable diffusion is only taken as a real example, I know that the creators have equipped the model with a security filter, but I guess it is easy to avoid).