Artificial intelligence poses serious risks to human dominance. Jaan Tallinn, co-founder of Skype, has spent the last 10 years shining a spotlight on the problem. We spoke with Jaan to get his bold opinions and thoughts on what can be done.
This week, Jonah Bennett and Wolf Tivy talk about science fiction with Hannu Rajaniemi, a New York Times published science fiction writer and biotech startup founder.
American workers are turning against globalization, but this turn isn’t sufficient for the creation of a new political coalition. Deep divides within the working class and the nature of power stand in the way of organized labor.
This week, Jonah Bennett, Wolf Tivy, and Ash Milton interview Gladden Pappin, deputy editor of American Affairs, about liberalism, the state, and Pappin’s recent article Toward a Party of the State.
The hype surrounding AI automation has led many companies to rush into disastrous implementation. Rather than a response to proven results, automation looks more like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
New research is making progress on potentially slowing the aging process. A society of healthier and longer-lived people would have many obvious benefits. But current inter-generational tensions also point to potential conflicts.
This week, Jonah Bennett, Wolf Tivy, and Ash Milton discuss Jonah’s recent article on the U.S. national security state’s move to ban the export of advanced microprocessors to Huawei, a full-scale technology company with links to the Chinese government.
The U.S. national security state has been a driving force behind the Huawei ban, particularly after lobbying failures in Europe. The confrontation will spur China to secure technological sovereignty and continue to erase the domestic line between economics and politics.
This week, Jonah Bennett and Wolf Tivy interview Nick Cassimatis, a former tenured AI professor, on artificial general intelligence, AI and unemployment, and the current state of the field.
French President Emmanuel Macron has embraced republican solidarity domestically and staunch liberalism in foreign policy. In doing so, he risks a contradiction that has brought down multiple regimes in the country’s history.
Amazon’s growing market power has made it the subject of antitrust rhetoric. The same corporate structure which contributed to its rapid growth may ensure its survival in the event of a crackdown.
This week, Jonah Bennett, Wolf Tivy, and Ash Milton interview Mark Lutter, founder of the Center for Innovative Governance Research, on the future of charter cities.
In a newly translated speech, General Secretary Xi Jinping demonstrates the Party’s commitment to presenting its development path as Marxist, rather than allowing “state capitalist” narratives to flourish.
A new state consciousness is necessary to reverse factionalism and the decay of public institutions.
This week, Jonah Bennett and Wolf Tivy interview Samo Burja, founder of Bismarck Analysis, a political risk consulting firm, on his recent Botswana piece and his thoughts about China’s Belt & Road in Africa.
Cryptoassets allow people to bypass capital controls and exit expropriation. This may lead to more global migration among the upper and upper-middle classes, and conflict with rooted communities and local states.
This week, Wolf Tivy interviews Will Eden, a biotech investor at Thiel Capital, on the impact of biotech advancements on society, Will’s proposed health plan, immortality, and whether health care is even real at all.
The Botswanan elite have prudently handled the succession problem, potential rival power centers, Cold War tensions, and ethnic politics. This has allowed Botswana to defy troubles that would otherwise result in a basket case state.