r/Futurology Jun 14 '18 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Hugz Take My Energy Stonks Rising Alien Monolith

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r/Futurology 26d ago 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.


r/Futurology 8h ago

Biotech Sensor breakthrough brings us closer to blood glucose monitoring on wearables

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r/Futurology 6h ago Wholesome

Robotics "Robotic surgery is a game changer for minimally invasive surgery" - More and more surgeons are using robotic surgical systems. Here’s why. 🤖

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r/Futurology 1h ago

Biotech "A GMO Purple Tomato Is Coming to Grocery Aisles. Will the US Bite?" "Most genetically engineered foods were developed to aid farmers. This one will try to sway over health-conscious produce shoppers." (🍅+🟪)

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r/Futurology 16h ago Helpful

Biotech Could offshore wind sites host edible seaweed farms? The Swedes think so

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r/Futurology 21h ago

Energy The US's National Renewable Energy Laboratory wants to make decentralized microgrids as simple to set up and operate as diesel generators, and has created a prototype that is much simpler than existing microgrid technology.

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r/Futurology 10h ago

Robotics Development of social robots can take cues from dog-human bonds

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The study identifies specific dog behaviours that humans consider important for the process of bonding.


r/Futurology 57m ago

Biotech Science says we could 'cure' aging, the greatest risk factor for common 21st Century diseases like Alzheimer's. But should we? | Dr. Andrew Steele

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r/Futurology 1d ago Heartwarming Helpful All-Seeing Upvote Tree Hug Wholesome

Environment In a first, U.S. appoints a diplomat for plants and animals

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r/Futurology 19h ago

Society How digging up the past is helping US military veterans build a future

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Collaborating on archaeology projects has mental health benefits for veterans, research shows.


r/Futurology 1d ago

Robotics Tesla robot walks, waves, but doesn't show off complex tasks

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r/Futurology 23h ago

Society The era of fast, cheap genome sequencing is here

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r/Futurology 1d ago

Environment Livin Farms’ investors are betting $5.8M on powdered fly larvae

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r/Futurology 1d ago

Energy The world's largest flow battery has started operation in Dalian, China with a capacity of 100 MW/400 MWh, and is designed to help the city handle its solar/wind intermittency with longer term grid storage ability than lithium-ion batteries.

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r/Futurology 1d ago

AI AI will reach human intelligence, not imitate it

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r/Futurology 22h ago

AI Which neuromorphic chip has the most potential?

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I have a list of neuromorphic chip companies and I want to know which one is the best.


r/Futurology 2d ago Silver

Environment New York to Ban New Gas-Powered Vehicles, Following California's Lead | By 2035, all new cars sold in the state will be required to be zero-emissions. The change will likely rapidly boost electric vehicle sales.

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r/Futurology 1d ago

Space New evidence for liquid water beneath the south polar ice cap of Mars

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r/Futurology 1d ago

Environment Can the Next Hurricane be Stopped by Hacking the Ocean?

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r/Futurology 2d ago Silver Table Slap

Space China drops Russia from its plans for the International Lunar Research Station and instead invites collaboration from other countries.

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r/Futurology 2d ago

Biotech The CIA Just Invested in Woolly Mammoth Resurrection Technology

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r/Futurology 2d ago

Biotech Heart built from the scaffolding of a pig and the patient's cells, may soon be ready for transplant into humans

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r/Futurology 2d ago

Biotech The Era of Fast, Cheap Genome Sequencing Is Here | Illumina just announced a machine that can crack genomes twice as fast as its current version—and drive the cost down to $200 a pop.

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r/Futurology 2d ago

Energy Ocean scientists measure sediment plume stirred up by deep-sea-mining vehicle

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r/Futurology 2d ago

Robotics This Robot Cook Will Soon Dole Out Perfectly Seasoned Chips at Chipotle

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r/Futurology 2d ago

Energy An AI called Dragonfly is helping design faster-charging batteries

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