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Climate Change, SETI, And Dr. Fermi

Climate Change, SETI, And Dr. Fermi

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The recent report on the findings of climatic research into the causes and probable evolution of climate change – a more accurate term than “global warming” – prompted me to consider a possible answer to Enrico Fermi’s classic question “Where is everybody?” Multiple generations of science fiction writers have projected a future in which the Milky Way Galaxy fairly teems with life, rather like Times Square on New Year’s Eve or the tavern in the first Star Wars movie  – so much so that the late Prof. Stephen Hawking has publicly counseled SETI investigators to – not literally STFU – but certainly to exercise due caution in broadcasting the existence of intelligent life on earth to every corner of the Galaxy. (Not that we have a choice by now:  earth’s electromagnetic emissions by now com
A Room With A Deja Vu — Gods And AI

A Room With A Deja Vu — Gods And AI

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Every so often, I read something – a newspaper story, a journal article, an interview, a campaign speech … whatever – that elicits from me the following reaction:  Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot? Ain’t we been here before? And that reaction is often followed by a supplementary reaction:  Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot?  Ain’t we still here? (“It’s déjà vu all over again!” – Yogi Berra) The latest example of this species of déjà vu is an article about the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to eventually evolve into a kind of silicon god with the capability of directing all human  affairs, planet-wide. The claim is that this will happen, perhaps midway through the 21st century. The article then goes on to speculate on what choices would have to be made, should such an achievement be realized, and t
Re-Boots on the Ground to Defeat ISIS

Re-Boots on the Ground to Defeat ISIS

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ISIS announced recently that it has assigned … I think the number is … 4 ISIS members to work as a team to provide “help desk” / “tech hot line” support for terrorists-in-the-field. That’s right! ISIS now has a tech-support hot line just like most other telecommunication and software companies and user communities. They may have just given the West precisely the tools needed to defeat ISIS: we can leverage the ISIS help desk hotline to defeat this bloodshot-eyed Levantine plague. There would only be two requirements up front, neither of which should present a serious obstacle: (a) recruit a small but technically proficient team of native-quality speakers of Arabic and other Levantine languages, and (b) closely coordinate with American Cyber Command to do the following: (1) Hack into the