Nick Bostrom and the Doomsday Invention

Der New Yorker mit einem ziemlich langen Longread über Nick Bostrom (Transhumanist, Philosoph, Autor von Superintelligenz: Szenarien einer kommenden Revolution):


“Traditionally, this topic domain has been occupied by cranks,” he told me. “By popular media, by science fiction—or maybe by a retired physicist no longer able to do serious work, so he will write a popular book and pontificate. That is kind of the level of rigor that is the baseline. I think that a lot of reasons why there has not been more serious work in this area is that academics don’t want to be conflated with flaky, crackpot type of things. Futurists are a certain type.”