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Sep 21, 2022

10 Spooky Alien Zoo Hypothesis Scenarios

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An exploration of ten somewhat spooky scenarios hidden within the zoo hypothesis solution to the Fermi Paradox.

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Sep 20, 2022

Why Are More of Us Skeptical About “Facts” These Days?

Posted by in categories: climatology, education, existential risks, sustainability

How do we reduce the distrust in the face of climate change and other existential threats? Teaching scientific reasoning skills is proposed.

Sep 19, 2022

How Australia is Regreening its Deserts Back into a Green Oasis

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Australia is the driest inhabited continent on planet earth, and is home to The Great Australian Desert which is the 4th largest desert in the world after The Antarctic, The Arctic and The Sahara.
Australia is comparable in size to The United States however its population is significantly less than America’s, the whole of Australia has about the same number of people living in it as the state of Texas. Despite the low population Australia is one of the worst developed countries in the world for broadscale deforestation, wiping out endangered forests and woodlands. In fact, they have cleared nearly half of all forest cover in the last 200 years!

It began in around the early 1800s when the British colonized Australia in search of land and fortunes. At that time Britain had already been completely stripped of trees for centuries by intensive agriculture and war, even today The United Kingdom has one of the lowest percentages of forest cover in Europe. British timber companies were granted free access to vast areas of virgin forest in Australia and trees were felled for agriculture and railway tracks which were constructed alongside other transit infrastructure such as roads, bridges and jetties.

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Sep 17, 2022

Ray Kurzweil: Singularity, Superintelligence, and Immortality | Lex Fridman Podcast #321

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Sep 14, 2022

‘Doomsday Glacier’ is teetering even closer to disaster than scientists thought, new seafloor map shows

Posted by in categories: climatology, existential risks, robotics/AI, sustainability

Underwater robots that peered under Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier, nicknamed the “Doomsday Glacier,” saw that its doom may come sooner than expected with an extreme spike in ice loss. A detailed map of the seafloor surrounding the icy behemoth has revealed that the glacier underwent periods of rapid retreat within the last few centuries, which could be triggered again through melt driven by climate change.

Thwaites Glacier is a massive chunk of ice — around the same size as the state of Florida in the U.S. or the entirety of the United Kingdom — that is slowly melting into the ocean off West Antarctica (opens in new tab). The glacier gets its ominous nickname because of the “spine-chilling” implications of its total liquidation, which could raise global sea levels between 3 and 10 feet (0.9 and 3 meters), researchers said in a statement (opens in new tab). Due to climate change, the enormous frozen mass is retreating twice as fast as it was 30 years ago and is losing around 50 billion tons (45 billion metric tons) of ice annually, according to the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (opens in new tab).

The Thwaites Glacier extends well below the ocean’s surface and is held in place by jagged points on the seafloor that slow the glacier’s slide into the water. Sections of seafloor that grab hold of a glacier’s underbelly are known as “grounding points,” and play a key role in how quickly a glacier can retreat.

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Sep 14, 2022

AI may destroy humanity, DeepMind scientists claim in co-authored paper

Posted by in categories: existential risks, robotics/AI

The paper argues that AI may want to take control and do its own thing.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been making impressive progress and has, in many ways, improved the world. But could it become dangerous? A new paper co-authored by the University of Oxford and Google DeepMind researchers published last month in the peer-reviewed AI Magazine.


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Sep 14, 2022

Slowing of continental shift could be the cause of major volcanic extinction events

Posted by in categories: climatology, existential risks

For the first time, volcanologists reveal to IE real-time observations of the deepest parts of a volcanic system.

Scientists from the University of Iceland and the Icelandic Meteorological Office, Reykjavik, have presented unexpected observations of seismic activity and magma movements before and during the 2021 Fagradalsfjall volcanic eruption, according to a pair of papers published in Nature.

The insights could provide a boost in understanding the processes that drove the unusually ‘silent’ eruption and for future monitoring of volcanic activity. This is critical for creating warnings to prevent loss of life and damage to infrastructure. Beboy_ltd.

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Sep 13, 2022

AI creator warns of ‘apocalyptic’ artificial intelligence that will replace need for humans

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, existential risks, robotics/AI

ROBOTS could one day overthrow humans in an ‘apocalyptic’ takeover, a tech expert has predicted.

Aidan Meller, the creator of the Ai-Da robot, believes that within three years artificial intelligence (AI) could overtake humanity, per The Daily Star.

He also backs Elon Musk’s belief that advances in AI could impact mankind more than nuclear war.

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Sep 13, 2022

Fermi Paradox: The Singularity and Dormant Civilizations

Posted by in categories: alien life, existential risks, singularity

An exploration of the technological singularity and whether it will happen and what implications it has on astrobiology and solving the Fermi Paradox.

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Sep 13, 2022

Elon Musk cited a Putin speech in private texts with a banker saying the Twitter deal wouldn’t make sense ‘if we’re heading into World War 3’

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