Abstract: Blockchain is now at the stage that the Internet was at in 2004 with the call to Web 2.0 (just before the release of FaceBook, YouTube and the iPhone). Virtual money has already enabled smart contracts, innovative economics and new approaches to financing and governance. Don’t let the assumption that deep technical skills are required to participate in and benefit from the advances made possible by decentralized, crowd-supported record-keeping of valuables and automated exchange.
Newer, prettier version (thanks to David J. Kelley) of the PowerPoint Presentation prepared for August 6, 2016 lightning talk for the Extreme Futures and Technology Forecasting Conference (Seattle, WA)
Proceedings PDF presented July 17, 2016 at the 2016 Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (New York City, USA).
Abstract: Arguably, the most important questions about machine intelligences revolve around how they will decide what actions to take. If they decide to take actions which are deliberately, or even incidentally, harmful to humanity, then they would likely become an existential risk. If they were naturally inclined, or could be convinced, to help humanity, then it would likely lead to a much brighter future than would otherwise be the case. This is a true fork in the road towards humanity’s future and we must ensure that we engineer a safe solution to this most critical of issues.