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  • Alan Brown

    Do Holograms have rights?

    There is a theory that our Universe is actually a holographic projection, this recent study seems to support this theory: http://phys.org/news/2014-05-simulation-holographic-theory-black-hole.html   Star Trek has several instances of Holograms displaying sentience. Voyager has “The Emergency Medical Hologram” (EMH) a holographic doctor that replaces the ships real doctor after he is killed in the opening episode. At first the EMH can only exist in sick bay, but eventually gains autonomy through a device taken from the 29th century called a Mobile Emitter. He is fully aware he is a hologram and interacts heavily with the rest of the crew. DS9 has a character named Vic Fontaine, who is a Rat Pack style crooner in an idealized version of 1960’s Las Vegas. Vic can only exist in a Holosuite, but he is fully aware he is a hologram, and acts as an informal station counselor, even to the real station counselor Ezri Dax. On a few occasions the crew band together to save Vic, both from malfunctioning equipment and from villains within the program. This idea poses some interesting questions. So if there existed Holographic people in our world, would they have rights? How might there rights differ from ours? Also, if our entire universe is hologram, how does that affect our rights? How we view our existence?

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  • Andrew Lepkowski

    Can capitalism survive the artificial intelligence era?

    I have serious doubts that capitalism can survive the advent of strong artificial intelligence. It is terrifying to think how marginalized the individual will be when mass producible, strong AI dominates the labor market. The resulting mass unemployment would lead to desperation, homelessness, riots, widespread crime, theft, murder, and chaos. The people, sadly, would clamor for more government; and the government would leverage the enormity of the situation to create “convincing” anti-capitalism propaganda.

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  • Cole Webb Harter

    Artificial Intelligence Alarmism

    What does everyone think of the alarmists worrying about massive human unemployment resulting form the rise of artificial intelligences?  Case in point:  C.G.P. Grey.  It seems technology usually improves our lives.

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  • Paul Pace

    What is an individual?

    What is an individual? If an entity is created through some other means than natural reproduction, at what point can we say that entity is an individual?

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  • B.K. Marcus

    The Machinery of Freedom by David D. Friedman

    The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism by David D. Friedman This is one of the first books I read on anarcho-capitalism. After I very much enjoyed the science fiction novel The Stone Canal, I read an interview with the novel’s author, Ken McLeod, about the different anarchies represented in his story. He said that the first (Norlonto) was based on Murray Rothbard’s For a New Freedom, and that the second (New Mars) was based on Friedman’s The Machinery of Freedom — so I had to read both to see what they had in common and in what ways they were so different. When I passed both books around among my friends, I found that some responded much more to Rothbard’s book and some to Friedman’s. It’s good to have both in your intellectual arsenal. Questions, comments, observations or elaborations? Either reply here or create a new discussion using the tag Library_the-machinery-of-freedom

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What technological innovations are over the horizon that could change not just our habits, but our entire worlds? From cryptography and virtual reality to nanotechnology and artificial intelligence, numerous possibilities are out there that could make the difference between wealthy immortality and the total annihilation of the human race. What’s coming, and how can we face it? David Friedman paints a frightening view of possible futures, and gives us the chance to imagine how we might wish to deal with them. Join David on Tuesday, November 11th at 10:30pm ET to learn more and ask your questions about the future, anarchy, and more!

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