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Is Electromagnetic Pollution a Problem?

In this video, KurzGesagt explores the risks of electromagnetic radiation that is a by product of our modern world.

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AI Interesting Philosophy Fridays

How Unaware Things Became Aware – the Origin of Consciousness

In sci-fi and popular culture, there is much talk about when “AI becomes self-aware/conscious” and then bad things will happen to humanity. Aside from being somewhat an overplayed theme, it raises several profound questions. What is consciousness? What is self-awareness? What is sentience? There are no easy answers that could withstand scrutiny. For me, this […]

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Science Space

What Would It Take to Build a Mars Base?

KurzGesagt has a great video explaining the specific challenges around building a permanent base on Mars. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it to make humans a multi-planet species.

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AI Economics of AI Philosophy Fridays

If Machines Become Conscious, Will They Deserve Rights?

While the AI revolution will first automate away most of the jobs first, what happens next? Will they ever become conscious? How will we know? And what shall we do once machines become conscious? Do we need to grant them rights?

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Philosophy Fridays

Optimistic Nihilism

KurzGesagt provides educational videos that inform and sometimes alarm. This video explains their somewhat paradoxical philosophy of “Optimistic Nihilism.” Given their German name (KurzGesagt means “quickly said” in German), I’m not surprised.

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AI Economics of AI

Why Automation in the AI Era Will Be Different

Recently, I was asked to share my thoughts about automation’s impact on the job market. While I don’t agree 100% with the conclusion of this video by Kurzgesagt, the gist is on point. Historically, automation has created more jobs over the long term. This means that people (and societies) have less time to adapt to […]

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Science Space

Could We Build a Moon Base with Today’s Technology?

Could we start building a base on the moon with today’s technology? It may not be as far fetched as it sounds. It would also make a great testing ground for new technologies and a launching point for exploring the rest of the solar system.

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Quantum Computing

Quantum Computers Explainer Video

With all the buzz around quantum computing today, it might be helpful to understand the core physics underlying the paradigm shift. Fortunately, Kurzgesagt has a great explainer video on the topic.

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