[ExI] Isn't Bostrom seriously bordering on the reactionary?
anders at aleph.se
Wed Jun 15 21:26:14 UTC 2011
Stefano Vaj wrote:
> I think that as *citizens* it is only plausible and reasonable to have
> a complex set of priorities, safety being amongst them (even though
> when naive reference is made to "mankind" some deconstruction of the
> concept IMHO is in order).
> OTOH, as a *transhumanist* I think that it is not the role of a club
> for the promotion of chess playing to discuss the benefits of outdoor
> sports or the the counsel for the defence to present evidence against
> their clients or of a lobbysts to keep in mind some higher good or of
> a trade union to find the ideal composition of the workers and
> employers interests.
You know, I'd rather discuss what I consider important than keep silent
in order to maintain my club membership. If trying to reduce the fairly
substantial risks and uncertainties associated with technologies such as
biotech, nanotech, cognotech, AI and global surveillance is incompatible
with being transhumanist, then I think transhumanism has a serious bias
and credibility problem.
The FHI informal office guess is ~12% chance of extinction* before 2100.
That makes it a bigger personal risk of death than stroke for most of us.
* I.e. no continuation of current human civilization or personal
identity. Weird posthumans do not count as extinction, a universe
converted into paperclips does.
Future of Humanity Institute
James Martin 21st Century School
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