5. Psychologically Duped by Mindless Machines

In this episode of Tech Forecast, I consider the possibility that we will create AI systems that pass the Turing test before we solve the problem of AI consciousness. https://media.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/p/content.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/Psychologically_Duper_by_Mindless_Machines_FINAL.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS

4. The Stagnation Hypothesis Versus Transhumanism

In this episode of Tech Forecast, I compare and contrast the technological stagnation hypothesis with the philosophy of Transhumanism. The technological stagnation hypothesis (promulgated by the economist Tyler Cowen among others) claims that we are currently living through a period of relative technological stagnation whereas Transhumanism (promulgated by the futurist Ray Kurzweil among others) claimsContinue reading “4. The Stagnation Hypothesis Versus Transhumanism”

3. Virtual Reality and the Real World Web

In this episode of Tech Forecast, I discuss virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies. I talk about beneficial applications of VR and AR as well as various social concerns surrounding these technologies. I focus on the ‘social isolation problem’ for VR and what I call the ‘real world filter bubble problem’ for AR.Continue reading “3. Virtual Reality and the Real World Web”

2. The End of History Hypothesis

In this episode of Tech Forecast, I talk about the idea (promulgated by various thinkers) that there is an ‘end of history’, focusing on the end of history hypotheses put forth by Karl Marx and Francis Fukuyama. I argue that both Marx and Fukuyama are wrong, and that there can be no end of historyContinue reading “2. The End of History Hypothesis”

1. Freedom Versus Security in the TechnoFuture

In this inaugural episode of Tech Forecast, I introduce the show before talking about how emerging technologies force us to consider the tradeoff between individual freedom and public safety. Technologies discussed include: facial recognition technology, drones, 3D weapons, the dark web, and data encryption. https://media.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/p/content.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/Individual_Freedom_versus_Public_Safety_FIN.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google PodcastsContinue reading “1. Freedom Versus Security in the TechnoFuture”