What’s in the box Pandora?

For all the potential of technology, our very nature makes or breaks it. Just like a hammer is neutral and can be used to build or destroy, so it is with most technology. Here are a few articles that discuss the future of us with respect to the exponential technology all around us and what we might want to consider:

Researchers have successfully grown premature lambs in an artificial womb – ScienceAlert The technology could be used on humans in 3-5 years.
New computers could delete thoughts without your knowledge, experts warn | The Independent “Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind,” wrote the playwright John Milton in 1634. But, nearly 400 years later, technological advances in machines that can read our thoughts mean the privacy of our brain is under threat. Now two biomedical ethicists are calling for the creation of new human rights laws to ensure people are protected, including “the right to cognitive liberty” and “the right to mental integrity”.
A lamb foetus grew in this artificial womb for four weeks | TechRadar Extremely premature lambs have been kept alive for weeks in a fluid-filled plastic bag
Upgrading humans will be a ‘billion dollar industry’  | Daily Mail Online Bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari has revealed that the next billion dollar industry will not be a service or product – it will be upgrading humans, as technology will let some become ‘gods’.” name=”description
The Next Big Threat: War in Space | RealClearPolitics WASHINGTON — Among the memorabilia in Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein’s office is a fragment of the Wright brothers’ first airplane. But the most intriguing items may be two small…
Will pig-human chimeras solve our organ transplant shortage? | Genetic Literacy Project Experiments show pig-human chimeras might be able to farm human organs for transplantation and disease research. But would it be ethical to create these organisms?
China’s New “Social Credit Score” Brings Dystopian Science Fiction to Life The dystopian state is closer than you think—China’s new “social credit score” is every Orwellian paranoiac’s worst nightmare come true. But the technology, like it or not, is well on its way to implementation. The only question is—how will it change our lives?
Scientists have rejuvenated old mice with the blood of human teenagers – ScienceAlert The fountain of youth doesn’t care which species you’re from.
Robo-journalists May Be Covering Election Night News | Digital Trends Publications like the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NBC, Yahoo News and the non-profit Pro Publica, use robot-journalists to write the news.
WWF Report: Two-Thirds of Wildlife Will Disappear By 2020 The World Wildlife Fund is projecting the further decline of the planet’s biodiversity by a staggering 67% by 2020. While this is shocking, all hope is not lost. With initiatives like the Paris Climate Agreement, humanity is showing a willingness to reverse course.
Scientists Target 2026 As The Year of The First Synthetic Genome A human genome contains 3 billion base pairs, one project is seeking to write a complete human genome, besting current efforts able to produce 1 million pairs. The researchers are looking to the future in hopes that their work will spur even further growth in science and technology.
Mice Born From Artificial Eggs a ‘Stunning Achievement’
Netflix CEO Says Entertainment’s Future is a Matrix-Like Hallucinogen Netflix CEO Reed Hastings believes the company’s competition is anything that takes the viewer’s attention away from the screen, i.e. hallucinogens. Netflix currently has more than 86.7 million subscribers across the globe, and Hastings fears he may lose subscribers to mind-altering pills.
Experts State Robots Will Take Over Additional 850,000 Jobs By 2030 850,000 public sector jobs in the UK are at risk of being lost by 2030 due to automation, and more than 1.3 million administrative jobs in the public sector have a 77% probability of being automated. This is good news for fiscal policy makers who wish to cut costs – the government can save up to £12 billion in public sector wages by 2030.
Tech billionaires convinced we live in the Matrix are secretly funding scientists to help break us out of it | The Independent Some of the world’s richest and most powerful people are convinced that we are living in a computer simulation. And now they’re trying to do something about it. At least two of Silicon Valley’s tech billionaires are pouring money into efforts to break humans out of the simulation that they believe that it is living in, according to a new report.
An AI Was Taught to Hunt and Kill Humans In Video Games: Here’s Why This Matters Programmers have developed an artificial intelligence that can play the video game Doom, and do so very well. Although it’s just a game, this raises questions about AI governance. How can it become more informed, integrated, effective, and anticipatory?
Welcome, Robot Overlords. Please Don’t Fire Us? | Mother Jones
Uberworld | The Economist The world’s most valuable startup is leading the race to transform the future of transport
The Brave New World of Robots and Lost Jobs | RealClearPolitics WASHINGTON — Job insecurity is a central theme of the 2016 campaign, fueling popular anger about trade deals and immigration. But economists warn that much bigger job losses are ahead in America –…
Australian vaccination rates are at an all-time high after government removes anti-vaxxers’ benefits – ScienceAlert Who would’ve thought?
Government to lift moratorium on cross-species, ‘chimera’ research – Washington Times The federal government is planning to lift a moratorium on funding for research studying the effects of injecting animal embryos with human stem cells, creating half-human half-animal hybrids.
Beware of Twitter Robots Telling People How to Vote | Heat Street
Military Robotics Makers See a Future for Armed Police Robots – Defense One As military-grade robotics get cheaper and more capable, someone will arm them and put them on American streets.
Google experts reveal what it would take to live forever digitally  | Daily Mail Online University of Sheffield expert Richard Jones says transhumanism raises major technological issues – even though some say it will be commonplace by 2045.
The Wolves of Silicon Valley: how megalomaniacs in hoodies became tech’s answer to Wall Street Free food, sleep pods and graffiti walls.
Europe’s robots to become ‘electronic persons’ under draft plan | Reuters Europe’s growing army of robot workers could be classed as “electronic persons” and their owners liable to paying social security for them if the European Union adopts a draft plan to address the realities of a new industrial revolution.
Losing Control: The Dangers of Killer Robots
Doctor’s Plan for Full-Body Transplants Raises Doubts Even in Daring China – NYTimes.com
EU Exploring the Idea of Using Government ID Cards as Potential Online Logins European Commission proposes that users give up their privacy for the sake of authentic product reviews
In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human : Researchers experimenting with chimeric embryos say they could develop into adult pigs, sheep or cows with human organs that one day might be suitable for transplantation in people.
AI will create ‘useless class’ of human, predicts bestselling historian
New Digital Face Manipulation Means You Can’t Trust Video Anymore
A New Drug That’s 10,000 Times More Potent than Morphine Just Hit the US A dangerous new drug is making the rounds in the US. It’s thousands of times stronger than morphine, and it’s untraceable in blood and urine.
Universal Basic Income: The Answer to Automation? 57% of the world’s jobs are at risk of being automated. Universal Basic Income may be our only way out. Here’s why.
Dead could be brought ‘back to life’ in groundbreaking project 
Ray Kurzweil Predicts Three Technologies Will Define Our Future
Why you should fear artificial intelligence | TechCrunch I have voraciously read endless pro and con scenarios about artificial intelligence since first writing about it years ago. There is no doubt that concerns..
Reports Reveal Millions of Jobs are Threatened by Automation: Does This Spell Doom? Automation is taking over numerous jobs. How can you make sure you aren’t replaced with a robot?
Sex dolls can be given a personality via app to create the ‘perfect lover’ | Daily Mail Online Outnumbered actor Tyger Drew-Honey, 20, whose parents were once porn stars, met Matt McMullen, a sex doll manufacturer whose latest creations use the modern technology.
 

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Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ | Business | The Guardian A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end
Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us | WIRED –  Bill Joy