Why there’s an urgent need for a moratorium on gene editing

“No one is prepared for an era when editing DNA is as easy as editing a Microsoft Word document. The government does not have any regulations on editing human DNA. The ethical concerns have not been fleshed out. There is no centralized risk-management inventory, listing which labs are doing what with CRISPR. It’s all rather terrifying.”

Why there’s an urgent need for a moratorium on gene editing
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2015/09/08/why-theres-an-urgent-need-for-a-moratorium-on-gene-editing/
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Artificial Intelligence Is Going to 'Hollow Out' Middle Class Jobs

“We are going to move from people to things,” explained Jane Fraser, CEO of Citigroup’s Latin America business, speaking Monday at Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif.

“We are expecting 500 billion objects to become connected to the internet and this automation is going to hollow out middle and working class jobs,” explained Fraser. “Technology is replacing these jobs.””

Artificial Intelligence Is Going to 'Hollow Out' Middle Class Jobs
http://fortune.com/2016/10/17/human-workforce-ai/
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Self-Driving Mercedes-Benzes Will Prioritize Occupant Safety over Pedestrians

“The world’s oldest carmaker no longer sees the problem, similar to the question from 1967 known as the Trolley Problem, as unanswerable. Rather than tying itself into moral and ethical knots in a crisis, Mercedes-Benz simply intends to program its self-driving cars to save the people inside the car. Every time.

All of Mercedes-Benz’s future Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous cars will prioritize saving the people they carry, according to Christoph von Hugo, the automaker’s manager of driver assistance systems and active safety.

“If you know you can save at least one person, at least save that one. Save the one in the car,” Hugo said in an interview at the Paris auto show. “If all you know for sure is that one death can be prevented, then that’s your first priority.””

Self-Driving Mercedes-Benzes Will Prioritize Occupant Safety over Pedestrians
http://blog.caranddriver.com/self-driving-mercedes-will-prioritize-occupant-safety-over-pedestrians/
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Automated Inequality - Harvard Political Review

“Many economists envision that the most profound challenge societies will face in transitioning to automated workforces is equitable distribution of the fruits of increased productivity. If vast swathes of the human population are rendered effectively unemployable, it is imperative that a mechanism is in place to ensure that everyone will stand to benefit from automation—many believe that a universal basic income might be the answer.”

Automated Inequality - Harvard Political Review
http://harvardpolitics.com/world/automation/
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Google aims to win the AI revolution by building a personal assistant into everything (vice)

“Google sees its Assistant not as a voice-activated replacement for its search box but as part of a "two-way conversation" that will be available whenever the user needs it. "Our goal is to build a personal Google for each and every user," Pichai said.”

Google aims to win the AI revolution by building a personal assistant into everything | VICE News
https://news.vice.com/article/google-aims-to-win-the-ai-revolution-by-building-a-personal-assistant-into-everything
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Robots Are Developing Feelings. Will They Ever Become "People"?

“Robots aren't people, but the discussion has begun about whether they could be persons, in the legal sense. In May, a European Union committee report called for creating an agency and rules around the legal and ethical uses of robots. The headline grabber was a suggestion that companies pay payroll taxes on their robotic employees, to support the humans who lose their jobs. But the report goes a lot deeper, mostly setting rules to protect humans from robots—like crashing cars or drones, or just invading privacy.”

Robots Are Developing Feelings. Will They Ever Become "People"?
https://www.fastcompany.com/3062868/mind-and-machine/robots-are-developing-feelings-will-they-ever-become-people
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The right to vote should be restricted to those with knowledge?

“Consider an alternative political system called epistocracy. Epistocracies retain the same institutions as representative democracies, including imposing liberal constitutional limits on power, bills of rights, checks and balances, elected representatives, and judicial review. But while democracies give every citizen an equal right to vote, epistocracies apportion political power, by law, according to knowledge or competence.”

The right to vote should be restricted to those with knowledge
http://qz.com/796962/the-right-to-vote-should-be-restricted-to-those-with-knowledge/
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Artificial intelligence is too important to leave unmanaged

“The Stanford report also highlights the darker side of AI if left unmanaged: the impact on jobs, inequality, ethics, privacy and democratic expression. “We are now at a crucial juncture in determining how to deploy AI-based technologies that promote, not hinder, democratic values such as freedom, equality and transparency.””

Artificial intelligence is too important to leave unmanaged
https://www.ft.com/content/463a17c4-83ce-11e6-a29c-6e7d9515ad15
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For the Debaters: What Shall We Do About the Tech Careening Our Way? - NYTimes.com

“For truck drivers, the benefits of automation are less certain. Kara Deniz, a spokeswoman for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, told me the union had not issued any policy decisions on automation because there were more questions than answers about the impact of self-driving vehicles. “We believe experienced, skilled drivers will be needed well into the future,” she added.”

Gerd adds:  yes... well, like CD players and telexes !

For the Debaters: What Shall We Do About the Tech Careening Our Way? - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/technology/for-the-debaters-what-shall-we-do-about-the-tech-careening-our-way.html?nytmobile=0
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