Category Archives: Prognostications and speculations

EconTalk: Jessica Riskin on Life, Machinery, and the Restless Clock

Historian Jessica Riskin of Stanford University talks about her book The Restless Clock with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. What is the difference between human beings and machines? How has science thought about this distinction? When do we have agency and when are we constrained? Riskin discusses these issues and the implications for how we think about ourselves and the growth of artificial intelligence.

http://www.econtalk.org/jessica-riskin-on-life-machinery-and-the-restless-clock/

 

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Forward Observer Radio – 166: Low Intensity Domestc Conflict, Steve Bannon, and National Populism

Listen to Forward Observer Radio episodes free, on demand. On this week’s show, I talk about why we’re in a low intensity conflict, Steve Bannon in Europe and his new Citizens of the American Republic PAC, and National Populism. The easiest way to listen to podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, smart speaker – and even in your car. For free. Bonus and ad-free content available with Stitcher Premium.

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Collective Awareness, economics and technology: A Dialogue Between J. Doyne Farmer, Don Ross

Economic failures cause us serious problems. We need to build simulations of the economy at a much more fine-grained level that take advantage of all the data that computer technologies and the Internet provide us with. We need new technologies of economic prediction that take advantage of the tools we have in the 21st century.  

https://www.edge.org/conversation/j_doyne_farmer-collective-awareness