In this video, KurzGesagt explores the risks of electromagnetic radiation that is a by product of our modern world.
In sci-fi and popular culture, there is much talk about when “AI becomes self-aware/conscious” and then bad things will happen to humanity. Aside from being somewhat an overplayed theme, it raises several profound questions. What is consciousness? What is self-awareness? What is sentience? There are no easy answers that could withstand scrutiny.
For me, this is one of the most fascinating aspects of AI – where it bridges the worlds of science, philosophy, and even theology. KurzGesagt has a fascinating video exploring the evolutionary origins of consciousness and how empathy relates to sense of self.
KurzGesagt has a great video explaining the specific challenges around building a permanent base on Mars. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it to make humans a multi-planet species.
While the AI revolution will first automate away most of the jobs first, what happens next? Will they ever become conscious? How will we know? And what shall we do once machines become conscious? Do we need to grant them rights?
KurzGesagt provides educational videos that inform and sometimes alarm. This video explains their somewhat paradoxical philosophy of “Optimistic Nihilism.” Given their German name (KurzGesagt means “quickly said” in German), I’m not surprised.
Recently, I was asked to share my thoughts about automation’s impact on the job market. While I don’t agree 100% with the conclusion of this video by Kurzgesagt, the gist is on point.
Historically, automation has created more jobs over the long term. This means that people (and societies) have less time to adapt to the new realities. This transition is going to be intra-generational rather than inter-generational. This is going to have numerous unforeseen consequences.
Could we start building a base on the moon with today’s technology? It may not be as far fetched as it sounds. It would also make a great testing ground for new technologies and a launching point for exploring the rest of the solar system.