Volcanoes are erupting in The Philippines, but on-fire Australia received some welcome rain. The Iran war cries have been called off and The Donald’s military powers are about to be hamstrung by the Senate. Meanwhile, his impeachment trial is starting, and we’re all on Twitter for a front-row seat.
Article Source: Roots of Progress
Opinion: Who regulates the regulators?
Scott Alexander reviews a book about institutional review boards (IRBs), the panels that review the ethics of medical trials: From Oversight to Overkill, by Dr. Simon Whitney. From the title alone, you can see where this is going.
Four lenses on AI risks
All powerful new technologies create both benefits and risks: cars, planes, drugs, radiation. AI is on a trajectory to become one of the most powerful technologies we possess; in some scenarios, it becomes by far the most powerful. It therefore will create both extraordinary benefits and extraordinary risks.
Why was progress so slow in the past?
An illustration of the many, overlapping, interacting flywheels of progress that generate super-exponential growth over the very long term
Flywheels of progress
What causes progress? I’ve been investigating this for five years, and I still don’t have a full answer. But part of the picture is starting to come into focus.
What is a “philosophy of progress?”
In outline, here are some of the main questions that I see as making up the philosophy of progress, grouped into four top-level topic areas: definition, evaluation, causation, and prescription.
Progress, Humanism, Agency: An intellectual core for the progress movement
I’ve said that we need a new philosophy of progress for the 21st century. This implies that the world needs, not just progress studies, but a progress movement: the advocacy of a set of ideas.
We need a new philosophy of progress
One that teaches people not to take the modern world for granted and holds up a positive vision of the future.