The chemist examined the role of activated oxygen molecules in biological processes.
January 2015's selection of notable quotes
January 1, 2015|
—Timo Hannay, managing director of Digital Science, which is owned by Macmillan Publishers, in a statement announcing a move by the publisher to make the contents of all journals under Nature Publishing Group freely readable online to users sent a link to a paper by a subscriber (December 2)
—Open-access advocate and senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, John Wilbanks, in a comment about the announcement of the new Macmillan Publishers policy that all Nature Publishing Group journals will be free to read online if subscribers share a link (Nature News, December 2)
—University of Cambridge theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, talking to the BBC about the dangers of developing artificial intelligence (December 2)
—Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson, in his 1998 book Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
—James Watson, Chancellor Emeritus of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and codiscoverer of the double-helical structure of DNA, describing his partial motivation for auctioning off his 1962 Nobel Prize medal, which sold on December 4 for $4.1 million (Financial Times, November 28)
—Russian entrepreneur Alisher Usmanov, speaking to The New York Times about his decision to return James Watson’s 1962 Nobel Prize medal after paying more than $4.1 million for it at auction (December 9)
—Dean Ornish, University of California, San Francisco, professor of medicine and founder of the university’s Preventive Medicine Research Institute, describing science’s emerging understanding of the physiological impacts of emotional stress (December 2008)
January 15, 2015
Thank you, Doctor Hawking, but your comment begs the question, "What would the artificial intelligence then 'do' after it 'superceded' us?" Would it take over the world? Why? How? In reality, it's like making the comparison between a person with a Ph.D. and a person who went to trade school. Are the latter "superceded"? So, who's fixing the car? In the end, the reaction of us poor dummies in response to whatever the superceding artificial intelligence does would be, "F*ck 'em."
January 16, 2015
Are you saying that the AI thing that takes over from us must be nice? Must be rational? Mut have a reason for whatever it does that makes sense to us?
Why do the 0.01% keep on wanting more? They have an aquisitive bent that is not satisfied by aquisition. In fact, that becomes even stronger the more they acquire.
Why would an emergent AI thing not also decide that power/money/? was its goal? That dominating humans was the path to that goal? And it succeeded in morphing itself into something that could achieve that goal?
Not saying it will, but we are looking into uncharted waters here.