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  • Book
    Olle Häggström.
    Digital : OSO2016
    1. Science for good and science for bad -- A horrible discovery -- The ethical dilemma of hiding research findings -- Some real-world examples -- The need for informed research policy -- A hopeless task? -- Preview -- 2. Our planet and its biosphere -- A note to the reader -- Dramatic changes in past climate -- Greenhouse warming -- Milankovitch cycles -- The role of carbon dioxide -- The need for action -- A geoengineering proposal: sulfur in the stratosphere -- Other forms of geoengineering -- No miracle solution -- Searching for solutions further outside the box -- 3. Engineering better humans? -- Human enhancement -- Human dignity -- The wisdom of repugnance? -- Morphological freedom and the risk of arms races -- Genetic engineering -- Brain-machine interfaces -- Longer lives -- Uploading: philosophical issues -- Uploading: practical issues -- Cryonics -- 4. Computer revolution -- Cantor -- Turing -- Computer revolution up to now -- Will robots take our jobs? -- Intelligence explosion -- The goals of a superintelligent machine -- Searle's objection -- 5. Going nano -- 3D printing -- Atomically precise manufacturing -- Nanobots in our bodies -- Grey goo and other dangers -- 6. What is science? -- Bacon -- Are all ravens black? -- Popper -- A balanced view of Popperian falsificationism -- Is the study of future intelligence explosion scientific? -- Statistical significance -- Decision-makers need probabilities -- Bayesian statistics -- Is consistent Bayesianism possible? -- Science and engineering -- 7. The fallacious Doomsday Argument -- The Doomsday Argument: basic version -- Why the basic version is wrong -- Frequentist version -- Bayesian version -- 8. Doomsday nevertheless? -- Classifying and estimating concrete hazards: some difficulties -- Risks from nature -- Risks from human action -- How badly in trouble are we? -- 9. Space colonization and the Fermi Paradox -- The Fermi Paradox -- The Great Filter -- Colonizing the universe -- Dysonian SETI -- Shouting at the cosmos -- 10. What do we want and what should we do? -- Facts and values -- Discounting -- Existential risk prevention as global priority? -- I am not advocating Pascal's Wager -- What to do?