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The Age of Em | Robin Hanson | TEDxImperialCollege
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Added Oct 3, 2016
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In this stimulating talk, Prof. Robin Hanson poses the question, "what would happen if emulations ('em's) replaced people in a not-so-distant future?", and provides us with a fascinating glimpse of the possible outcomes.

Robin Hanson is associate professor of economics at George Mason
University, and research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute
of Oxford University. He has a doctorate in social science from
CALTECH, a master’s degree in physics and philosophy from the
University of Chicago, and nine years experience as a research
programmer, at Lockheed and NASA. Lately Prof. Hanson has
studied the social implications of human­level artificial intelligence in
the form of brain emulations, or “ems,” probably feasible within
roughly a century. Ems change everything, including mind speeds,
body sizes, security, management, job training, career paths, wages,
identity, retirement, life cycles, reproduction, mating, conversation,
wealth inequality, city sizes, growth rates, politics, governance, law,
and war. See his new book for more:

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