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A Modified Conception of Mechanisms
In this paper, I critique two conceptions of mechanisms, namely those put forth by Stuart Glennan (Erkenntnis 44:49–71, 1996; Philosophy of Science 69:S342–S353, 2002) and Machamer et al. (PhilosophyExpand
A Detailed Critique of One Section of Steven Pinker ’ s Chapter “ Existential Threats ” in Enlightenment Now Technical Report 2 , Version 1
—> The first quarter or so of the chapter contains at least two quotes from other scholars that are taken “completely” out of context—that is, their original meaning is either in tension or outrightExpand
The future of war: could lethal autonomous weapons make conflict more ethical?
It is concluded that only ethical LAWs should be used to replace human involvement in war, and, by extension of their consistent abilities, should remove humans from war until a more formidable discovery is made in conducting ethical warfare. Expand
Long-term trajectories of human civilization
PurposeThis paper aims to formalize long-term trajectories of human civilization as a scientific and ethical field of study. The long-term trajectory of human civilization can be defined as the pathExpand
Facing disaster: the great challenges framework
PurposeThis paper provides a detailed survey of the greatest dangers facing humanity this century. It argues that there are three broad classes of risks – the “Great Challenges” – that deserve ourExpand
The possibility and risks of artificial general intelligence
  • Phil Torres
  • Sociology
  • Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  • 26 April 2019
ABSTRACT This article offers a survey of why artificial general intelligence (AGI) could pose an unprecedented threat to human survival on Earth. If we fail to get the “control problem” right beforeExpand
Superintelligence and the Future of Governance : On Prioritizing the Control Problem at the End of History
This chapter argues that dual-use emerging technologies are distributing unprecedented offensive capabilities to nonstate actors. To counteract this trend, some scholars have proposed that statesExpand
Space colonization and suffering risks: Reassessing the “maxipok rule”
Abstract This article argues that, contra Bostrom (2003), every second of delayed space colonization could be immensely desirable; indeed, the longer the delay, the better, with the best outcomeExpand
Who would destroy the world? Omnicidal agents and related phenomena
Abstract The capacity for small groups and even single individuals to wreak unprecedented havoc on civilization is growing as a result of dual-use emerging technologies. This means that scholarsExpand
Can anti-natalists oppose human extinction? The harm-benefit asymmetry, person-uploading, and human enhancement
This article outlines a novel philosophical position according to which people can (a) value the continued survival of humanity, and (b) oppose procreation on moral grounds. While these twoExpand