My Blog Posts

2018 20/Aug
Doing the Good - AI

The universe doesn’t seem to be inherently imbued with meaning, but it would seem that anything we could do to find said meaning, to make our time here “worthwhile”, would fall into one of two broad categories. I argue that the creation of artificial general intelligence should also be done in order to pursue these two […]

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2018 14/Aug
Nukes and Artificial Intelligence

Both artificial intelligence and nuclear warheads could both wipe out human life, though it might be possible for superintelligent AI to be even more destructive. That being said, AI is more than an “existential risk.” It’s also a potential “utilitarian bloom.” The creation of self-aware and superintelligent AI would arguably be the most morally relevant event […]

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2018 21/Jul
Does it Matter if Future AI is Conscious?

I spoke recently at a United Nations and INTERPOL event in Singapore, on the topic of artificial intelligence use-cases in law enforcement. One of the only other Americans at the event – and a fellow speaker – was Thomas Campbell. Thomas spent many years in high-level government tech roles, and from 2015 to 2017 he […]

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2018 1/May
Dan Faggella TEDx

How can you keep artificial intelligence from taking over your job? In my latest TEDx talk, I explore what I’ve learned (from hundreds of interviews) about job security in the era of AI – but I also lay out why I think that “job loss” is a somewhat trivial concern in the big picture of […]

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2018 16/Mar

I’ve been cajoled into watching Netflix’s Black Mirror, and a friend of mine recommended watching the San Junipero episode next. As I mentioned in my last Black Morror reflection, and I didn’t plan on watching anything that wasn’t worth 40 minutes. San Junipero was a good pick, and it’s nice to know that the class of […]

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2014 16/Sep
UPENN Dan Faggella

The Aim of Positive Psychology Positive Psychology’s founder Dr. Martin Seligman has undertaken the “moon-shot” endeavor to have 51% of the human population psychologically flourishing by 2051. It’s an audacious goal intended to unite positive psychology’s forces in making the grandest impact on the whole of humanity, though some might argue it is an impossible aim. Along […]

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2014 14/Apr

In the coming decades ahead, we’ll likely augment our minds and explore not only a different kind of “human experience”, we’ll likely explore the further reaches of sentience and intelligence itself, and it’s a process that I believe is starting now. My TEDx video below is an attempt to encapsulate my argument for the inevitability […]

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2013 9/Jun

David Pearce is an Oxford philosopher and one of the world’s most prominent proponents of utilitarianism. His work and writing on transhumanism (and involvement with organizations like the IEET) has also lead him to be recognized as the possibly most recognized thinker on the attainment of utilitarian ideals through emerging technologies. In 1998, he co-founded […]

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2013 24/Jan

I’ve been diving into “Human Enhancement” (Oxford) as of late, and came across a topic that was bristling in my own mind before I saw the name of the chapter. In the chapter called “Prejudice and Moral Status of Enhanced Beings,” Julian Savulescu (Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, among other things) […]

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2012 23/Dec

As humans, learning often feels good, food often tastes good, novelty brings joy to life, living by values that we set brings order to our consciousness, and besides very few of us, relationships imbue the most meaning in our lives and bring us our greatest highs. They may also be said to give us our […]

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