Keeping Technology from Breaking Society: Wendell Wallach - Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
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by The Human Survival Project
1w ago
In today’s world, there is so much technology at our fingertips that we don’t know how to manage it all. Technologies like artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, nanotech and chemicals have important benefits, but they could also destabilize society, destroy democracy, crash the economy, create the next pandemic or ruin the environment. And competition between companies and countries is driving advancement SO FAST. How can we reap the benefits of technology, while seriously managing the risks? And who should have the power to make these decisions? Wendell Wallach offers promising approach ..read more
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Preparing for the Next Pandemic: David Quammen - Author and Journalist
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by Shelby Mertes
1w ago
After the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to think we won’t face another global outbreak in the next century. But viruses don’t have a schedule — the next pandemic could be tomorrow. And it could be much more fatal than COVID-19. So, how do we prepare ourselves? With us to explain the best ways to both prevent and face these outbreaks is David Quammen, an award-winning author, and journalist on science and humans’ relationship with the natural world. He regularly contributes to many distinguished news sources, including the New York Times, the NY Times Book Review, and National Geographic. His 18 ..read more
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How to END War: John Reuwer - World BEYOND War
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by Shelby Mertes
1w ago
How to END War: John Reuwer - World BEYOND War   Historically, war has seemed natural for humans. It is everywhere. However, at its core, conflict always comes down to a choice. When making these decisions, we need to understand the right tools to respond to all conflict levels, from neighborly disputes to global warfare.   With the help of expert John Reuwer, we learn the value of settling wars with nonviolence and civil resistance. John is the treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors at World BEYOND War (WBW), a global movement that aims to abolish the institution of war. T ..read more
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Building the AI Pause Button: Joep Meindertsma - Pause AI
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by Shelby Mertes
1w ago
Recently, the development of artificial intelligence has become exponential. As more programs like ChatGPT have been released to the public, many people see benefits of continuing investment in this growth. Some believe it might even help solve our existential threats. But with its unregulated advancements, AI itself could be an existential threat to our world. From cybersecurity risks to autonomous weapons, artificial intelligence poses countless threats to the safety of humankind. How should we regulate AI development? With us to talk about managing our uses of artificial intelligence is Joe ..read more
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Israel-Palestine & Other Wars: A New International Approach | Ben Gavin & Sarmad Wali Khan
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by Shelby Mertes
1w ago
We are all horrified by the wars in Israel-Palestine, and Ukraine.  And those are just the conflicts we hear about.  There are 21 wars in the world right now - most of them barely make the news.  We tend to feel hopeless as we watch the death and suffering.  But what if we didn’t have to feel helpless?  What if the world had ways to actually DO something, and SOLVE wars? The Human Survival Project proposes redesigning and strengthening the United Nations, so humanity can have the global tools to manage violence, and the many other existential threats humanity faces.&nb ..read more
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Changing Our Approach to Climate Change: James Jylkka - Natural Resource Specialist
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by Shelby Mertes
1w ago
With the growing conversation on climate change, many people are now helping the planet and trying to get rid of the damaging policies and products that are worsening climate change - which is great. But we need to widen our focus from not only getting rid of the bad, but to also pushing for the good. Our response to saving our world from this existential threat needs to pick up the pace, and in order to do that, we have to be more strategic about where we’re directing our time and resources. How can we change our approach to climate change? With us to share his thoughts on where we’re at and ..read more
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Smart Agriculture to Save Humanity and the Planet: Miranda Mertes - Sustainable Farming Advocate
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by Shelby Mertes
1w ago
Humans have become good enough at agriculture to feed the world’s 8 billion people, which is amazing - but we're destroying our planet doing it.  Farming uses an enormous amount of land, crowding out nature and driving extinctions.  It contributes to climate change, soil degradation and pollution of waterways.  And farming uses a lot of fossil fuels and other resources.  But we all need to eat.  How can we feed ourselves without destroying the planet we live on? With us to discuss all this is Miranda Mertes.  She recently earned her Bachelor of Science from the Un ..read more
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U.S. Military Spending: Protection or Danger?
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by Shelby Mertes
1w ago
The United States spends an astronomical amount of money on its military - more than any other nation.  In fact, more than the next 8 nations combined.  It helps fund 750 military bases in 80 countries.  It has quite an impact on the world. Last week, the U.S. Congress and President Biden enacted the National Defense Authorization Act of 2023, which increased military spending to the largest level since the end of World War II, even adjusted for inflation. Increasing technology makes war more dangerous.  And growing conflict between the United States, China and Russia (and ..read more
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Can Inflation Help Save The World?: Mike Jordan - The Human Survival Project
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by Shelby Mertes
1w ago
There’s a ton of conversation lately about inflation, and its effects on the economy and on people’s personal finances.  Lots of people are concerned.  BUT, could inflation actually be helpful? We are in a climate and environmental crisis that could ruin just about everything if we don’t get it under control - including the entire economy.  The planet is being ruined by people buying stuff, and when stuff is expensive, people buy less.  Could higher prices help us get our overconsumption under control? Further, as we destroy the climate and nature, there will be shortages o ..read more
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Please, Humanity Needs You To Be More Positive
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by Shelby Mertes
1w ago
Being positive is a good part of happiness and mental health.  And being supportive is nice and friendly.  But amid catastrophic threats to humanity, being positive and supportive is not just about being happy and friendly – it’s how we rally support for the ambitious policies that are bold enough to reduce death and suffering of billions of people.  Productive criticism is fine, but we can’t afford negativity anymore.  Today, I unpack some psychology of why it makes rational sense to be positive in these dangerous times. “Those who say it cannot be done should not interrup ..read more
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