“The Doomsday Book” by Marshall Brain is 2020’s breakthrough book analyzing 25 of the biggest natural and man-made threats that humanity faces. https://doomsdaynow.com is the companion website for the book providing additional multi-media content and breaking doomsday news. “The Doomsday Book” is available now – You can order the book from Amazon and other fine retailers.
You will never look at “Climate Change” in the same way again after reading this book, because Climate Change results in many different effects that are all doomsday scenarios unless humanity takes immediate action:
In the same way, you will never look at asteroids in the same way again. Or terrorism. Or drones. Or robots/automation. The Blog covers doomsday events and doomsday scenarios as they unfold in real time.
I was able to do a TEDx talk on this topic on October 3, and the video just became available on the TEDx Youtube channel today:
I was given 8 minutes for the talk – for lots more detail on Elon Musk’s Mars Colony please see the book. A synopsis of the book would be:
This book introduces a new economic system that aims to eliminate all of the poverty, inequality, hunger, slums and so on found on Earth today. This new system is introduced as a thought experiment within the context of the million-person Mars colony recently announced by Elon Musk. This new system will radically improve the quality of life for the vast majority of humans living on planet Earth today.
Artificial Intelligence has been making great strides over the past decade on many different fronts. Here are three notable achievements:
IBM’s Watson beat the best human players at Jeopardy in 2011
Self driving cars and trucks have been getting better and better, to the point where Tesla seems to think the whole problem will be solved shortly
Tools like Alexa and Siri have become a part of normal life with their speech capabilities.
A lot of this feels like the inevitable march of progress and not that consequential, yet. But as described in Robotic Nation and The Second Intelligent Species there is going to come a point where AI starts to have a real impact of jobs, especially white collar jobs. And I wonder if we are going to look back and see 2020 as the tipping point year for that.
This video is fascinating. It describes AI designing and then building a car in great detail:
The advantages are so compelling that this kind of AI tech is going to take over the car industry. And this is the first company of this kind. Imagine what it will look like in a few years when the big players start adopting the technology.
Then there is this amazing article this week in Wired:
GPT-3 is showing so much promise/potential, and is proving able to do so many amazing things, that it is mind blowing. These two videos try to explain what is happening:
There is a graph in the second video where GPT-3 is getting close to human-level functionality in certain realms. It really starts to make you wonder about how many things AI will be taking over and how many jobs will be lost in the not-too-distant future. For more info see: