Surveillance, Big Data, and Existential Risk


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Big Data, Big Issues


Welcome to the first episode of Big Data, Big Issues. Today we will be talking about Existential Risks Surveillance and Big Data, taking a look at a series of sensitive topics, and I will provide my thoughts on each and every one of them. Here is the content I am talking about in this video:  ► 1:38 - An overview of the topics ► 3:00 - The Vulnerable World HypothesisNick Bostrom has put up a new working paper to his personal site (for the first time in two years?), called The Vulnerable World Hypothesis. Scientific and technological progress might change people's capabilities or incentives in ways that would destabilize civilization. For example, advances in DIY biohacking tools might make it easy for anybody with basic training in biology to kill millions; novel military technologies could trigger arms races in which whoever strikes first has a decisive advantage; or some economically advantageous process may be invented that produces disastrous negative global externalities that are hard to regulate. This paper introduces the concept of a vulnerable world: roughly, one in which there is some level of technological development at which civilization almost certainly gets devastated by default, i.e. unless it has exited the ‘semi‐anarchic default condition’. Several counterfactual historical and speculative future vulnerabilities are analyzed and arranged into a typology. A general ability to stabilize a vulnerable world would require greatly amplified capacities for preventive policing and global governance. The vulnerable world hypothesis thus offers a new perspective from which to evaluate the risk‐benefit balance of developments towards ubiquitous surveillance or a unipolar world order. ► 7:00 - Rapidly Emerging Gray OrbsWe are talking about Future Weapons and Emerging Threats, based on papers by by Wittes and Blum. From drone warfare in the Middle East to digital spying by the National Security Agency, the U.S. government has harnessed the power of cutting-edge technology to awesome effect. But what happens when ordinary people have the same tools at their fingertips? Advances in cybertechnology, biotechnology, and robotics mean that more people than ever before have access to potentially dangerous technologies-from drones to computer networks and biological agents-which could be used to attack states and private citizens alike. ► 12:26 - Surveillance CapitalismWe are talking about Surveillance Capitalism and Instrumentalism. The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior. ► 28:48 - Achieving StabilizationWe are looking into potential solutions, like restricting technological development, ensuring that there does not exist a large population of actors representing a wide and recognizably human distribution of motives; establishing extremely effective preventative policing and estrablishing effective global governance. ► 34:16 - Legal Standards, or The State of Exception To learn more visit our website:  ► Follow Sheldon Kreger on LinkedIn:► ? If you enjoyed it and want to support me please leave a LIKE, write a comment on this video and Share it with your friends. Subscribe to my channel and click the ? icon for notifications when I post a new video. #bigdata #Surveillance #bigissues test