When Will Man Become Machine?

submitted by Michael Lerner, PhD
President, Commonweal

Professor Stephen Hawking’s verdict on AI in a recent BBC interview wasn’t exactly good news for the rest of us.

“Once humans develop AI it will take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded,” he said.

Machines can already “outlive” the humble human many times over, according to tech editor, investor and author Michael S Malone who grew up in Silicon Valley.

Continue reading the article on the BBC website.

CHE Remembers Environmental Health Leader Theo Colborn, 1927-2014

Theo ColbornFor nearly 30 years Theo Colborn, PhD, founder of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), dedicated herself to revealing the dangers of endocrine disrupting chemicals to wildlife and humans. More recently she alerted us all to the threats posed by chemicals associated with oil and gas development. She wove the two together beautifully in her statement The Fossil Fuel Connection, which she worked on until the day she died.

Theo’s visionary leadership and passion shone most brilliantly when she made direct connections between new ideas, scientists whose work confirmed them, impacted individuals, and people in positions to change what needed changing. She will be remembered for many generations to come, generations that she worked tirelessly to protect.

Visit the TEDX website
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Read a short bio of Theo Colborn written by Elizabeth Grossman
Read the CHE Partner Spotlight interview featuring Theo Colborn

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Director

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