Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

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  1. Australis

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    "The High Frontier" Gerard K O'Neill

    It was written in the 1970's but his case for, how, and why to make space settlement work is even more valid and doable now
     
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    Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark.

    About the last invention that man need ever make and how we should prepare ourselves for it and the changes it will bring.
     
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    And what is this great amazing invention?
     
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    ASI.

    If you want to join the conversation, this book is a definite must-read.
     
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    ASI is a most interesting thing isn't it?

    But when we get them will they be a shackled AI or free roaming?
     
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    Book explores the possibilities and encourages us to chime in at the Future of Life institute website. It says the onus is on us today to shape that future, to decide what we want and how we want it. Through AI technology research and AI safety research we have to lay the foundations to get things right the first time, as getting it wrong even once could be too late.
     
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    From a scifi POV what if we are all just wandering AI's let loose on this planet to see what happens next?
     
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    the Gnostics basically thought that 2000 years ago.
     
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    I did not know that, in what way?
     
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    Gnosticsm more or less taught that the world was a deliberately malformed construct on which souls dwelled in ignorance of the fact. Only certain persons, the elect, could obtain the wisdom of gnosis to comprehend the true nature of reality beyond one's perceptions.

    or something like that. not entirely all that different from advaita vedanta's concept of maya. anyway, I guess humans have been thinking "Why the hell does the world suck so bad" for a long time, and coming up with hypotheses.
     
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    Not so different from The Matrix either, or Plato's shadows on the wall.
     
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