Entries by Ariel Conn

Eric Schlosser on Nuclear Weapons

Today’s Nuclear Dilemma In a paper just released by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists entitled, Today’s nuclear dilemma, Eric Schlosser considers the possible consequences of a new nuclear arms race, which now appears to be underway. After the Cold War ended, most of the world supported calls to reduce nuclear arsenals, and such a […]

MIRI November Newsletter

MIRI, one of our partner organizations, has just sent out their November newsletter, put together by Rob Bensinger. Check out the links below to learn more about the great work they do! Research updates A new paper: Leó Szilárd and the Danger of Nuclear Weapons New at IAFF: Subsequence Induction A shortened version of the Reflective Oracles paper has […]

Grants Program Press Release

New International Grants Program Jump-Starts Research to Ensure AI Remains Beneficial Elon-Musk-backed program signals growing interest in new branch of artificial intelligence research July 1, 2015Amid rapid industry investment in developing smarter artificial intelligence, a new branch of research has begun to take off aimed at ensuring that society can reap the benefits of AI […]

From Physics Today: China’s no-first-use nuclear policy

“China’s entire nuclear weapons posture, and its relatively small arsenal of about 250 warheads, is based on its pledge of no first use, according to Pan Zhenqiang, former director of strategic studies at China’s National Defense University. Although that pledge is “extremely unlikely” to change, missile defense, space-based weapons, or other new technologies that threaten […]

From Time: How We Can Overcome the Risks of AI

“Apple’s recent acquisition of Vocal IQ, an artificial intelligence company that specializes in voice programs, should not on its face lead to much fanfare: It appears to be a smart business move to enhance Siri’s capabilities. But it is also another sign of the increased role of AI in our daily lives. While the warnings […]

From NASA: Oceanic Phytoplankton Declines

“The world’s oceans have seen significant declines in certain types of microscopic plant-life at the base of the marine food chain, according to a new NASA study. The research, published Sept. 23 in Global Biogeochemical Cycles, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, is the first to look at global, long-term phytoplankton community trends based on a […]

From UW Today: Oceans Releasing Frozen Methane

Bubble plumes off Washington, Oregon suggest warmer ocean may be releasing frozen methane “Warming ocean temperatures a third of a mile below the surface, in a dark ocean in areas with little marine life, might attract scant attention. But this is precisely the depth where frozen pockets of methane ‘ice’ transition from a dormant solid […]