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Don’t Fear the Terminator

Artificial intelligence never needed to evolve, so it didn’t develop the survival instinct that leads to the impulse to dominate others

September 26, 2019 — Anthony Zador and Yann LeCun

The Paradox of Growth

Average global per capita GDP has skyrocketed since 1950, but damage to the biosphere has increased dramatically as well—and decoupling the two remains an enormous challenge

September 24, 2019 — Vaclav Smil

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