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The Uninhabitable Earth, Annotated Edition

New York Magazine

The original version of this text has been read more than 2 million times and has sparked a major controversy. Which boils down to the question: Is it careless to write about climate change by assuming worst-case scenarios rather than ones that are more likely? Or is it careless not to? The autor has doubled down and delivered a heavily annotated version of the text. Excellent read.

Click Here to Kill Everyone

New York Magazine

«You can think of the sensors as the eyes and ears of the internet. You can think of the actuators as the hands and feet of the internet. And you can think of the stuff in the middle as the brain. We are building an internet that senses, thinks, and acts. This is the classic definition of a robot. We’re building a world-size robot, and we don’t even realize it.» An important text by security expert Bruce Schneier on how dangerous the internet is becoming, why markets won’t help and why regulation is needed, but hard to do.

Yuval Harari, author of «Sapiens» on AI, religion, and 60-day meditation retreats

The Ezra Klein Show

Can humans expect empathy from superintelligent entities once they are here? What does it mean when your doctor is an algorithm? And what will people do when there is no more work for them – or will there? your doctor is an algorithm? A super interesting talk with Yuval Harari, the author of «Sapiens» and now «Homo Deus». So many takeaways, but what instantly stuck with me: how he describes religion as a virtual reality game.