"Weak A.I.", "Strong A.I." and an Analysis of the Fermi Paradox
This month I speak with my brother, Josh Borup, about the rise of Artificial Intelligence. Are the fears surrounding these hypothetical robots of the future overblown? What does the Fermi Paradox have to do with the concept of "Strong A.I."? Listen in as we ponder the future of science, technology, and humanity as we know it.
Five steps to becoming better orators, more respected advisors, and knowing when and under what circumstances our opinions should come to bear on a conversation. Read Jeff's article featured on Hubpages.com.
What Does it Mean to be a Good Advisor?
Must one be a pessimistic person to be able to foresee, and prepare for, the worst case scenario? What does it mean to be a good lawyer? How does one prepare for the worst, yet still hope for the best; and how does this play into the sound advice we seek to receive from those closest to us? Listen in this month as we dig through the archive and explore pessimism and the nature of legal advice.
There's a reason we travel. We want to see new things and have unique experiences. We want a real change. Something entirely different. Out of the norm.
But how often is that actually the case? Are things really all that different anymore? Are our travel itineraries truly as exotic and original as we think they are? As they once were?
If not, why?
Imagine an election in which both front-runners are, say, less than ideal. While such circumstance may sound incomprehensible, just try and pretend you are faced with a decision wherein neither candidate constitutes a choice you would independently endorse on your own.
What should you do?
A permanent tattoo, for many, is the ultimate form of body modification. Made by inserting ink into the dermis layer of the skin to alter its pigment, the process of getting a tattoo is painful. Injurious to such extent that having a tattoo is often viewed as a right of passage. It is a membership, in a sense; a portal into a new way of life or thinking. It is something you live with forever. And it is not for everyone. But how exactly do those with tattoos, especially those with several, large pieces of art, endure the perpetual anguish and torture of getting one?
Does it make sense to be offended when informed that your words may be offending other people? At what point does our use of language impact the intent of our message, and cause the audience to turn on the speaker?
Is the scientific method the best means to achieve absolute certainty about the world we live in? How do we know for sure whether specific scientific claims about reality are, in fact, true? This month, we contemplate the metaphysical notion of “truth” as it relates to scientific fact and call into question whether the principles of logic, rationality, and reason that accompany the scientific method are a reliable means to attain truth. In short, we examine the science behind why some disagree with science...
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was designed to outlaw discrimination on the basis of race across the United States with the stroke of a pen. But given the lingering biases ingrained throughout America, more was needed to ensure members of the African-American community were afforded equality of opportunity. Paving the way in 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued an executive order requiring Government contractors to take Affirmative Action to ensure equal opportunity in the workplace and in higher education.
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