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: http://ageofem.com.
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