A few weeks ago I got interviewed by Ricardo Lopes for the Dissenter. The interview just came out and I thought I’d share it with you to enjoy or critique. Here is Ricardo’s original description:
#131 Nikola Danaylov: The Singularity, Doing Futurism, and the Human Element
In this episode, we talk about what is meant by the term “Singularity”, and its technological, social, economic, and scientific implications. We consider the technological and human aspects of the equation of economic and technologic growth, and human and moral progress. We also deal with more specific issues, like transhumanism, the ethics of enhancement, AI, and Big Data.
00:58 What is the Singularity?
02:51 Exponential growth
04:42 What would mean to have reached the Singularity?
10:29 The trouble with futurism
15:35 The technological and the human aspects
20:20 What we get from technology depends on how we use it
23:16 Transhumanism, enhancement, and ethics
26:26 AI and economics
31:53 Eliminating boring tasks, and living more meaningful lives
36:37 Big Data, and the risk of exploitation
43:04 The example of self-driving cars
51:32 The human element in the equation
52:20 Follow Mr. Danaylov’s work!