Would you step into this machine? Is the person who emerges on Mars really you? Questions like these — those that explore the nature of personal identity and challenge our commonly held intuitions about it — are becoming increasingly important in the face of 21st century technology. Emerging technologies empowered by artificial intelligence will increasingly give us the power to change what it means to be human. AI enabled bio-engineering will allow for human-species divergence via upgrades, and as we arrive at AGI and beyond we may see a world where it is possible to merge with AI directly, upload ourselves, copy and duplicate ourselves arbitrarily, or even manipulate and re-program our sense of identity. Are there ways we can inform and shape human understanding of identity to nudge civilization in the right direction? Listen here.
Our Favorite Reads
If your New Years resolution was to read more, FLI has got you covered. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite books on existential risk, existential hope, technology, society and more. These are essential reads for any effective altruist, aspiring philosopher, concerned humanist or curious thinker. Browse the guide here.