#23 – Vulnerable World Hypothesis with Dr. Matt McCormick

In Algo Podcast Episode 23, Dr. Matt McCormick and Amjad Hussain discuss the Vulnerable World Hypothesis.

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0:00 Episode Preview
0:29 Introduction
2:36 Bostrom’s Vulnerable World Hypothesis
5:24 Fermi Paradox & Alien Life
8:26 Drake Equation
9:26 Exoplanets
11:23 John von Neumann Space Probe
13:44 Speed of Light Constraints
19:18 Potentially disastrous technologies
24:58 Are physics the same everywhere in the universe?
29:25 Multiverse Theory
32:08 Universe: Philosophy & Religion
34:42 Vulnerable World Hypothesis
39:27 Policies to address Vulnerable World Hypothesis
40:48 Containing Technologies
45:03 Future of Humans
48:02 Invention of the Internet & Information Apocalypse
51:05 Human Life Span
54:54 Bringing people out of poverty
55:58 QAnon
57:34 Equilibriums for complex systems
1:00:22 Chaos Agents
1:01:54 Social Media & Fringe Ideas
1:05:31 January 6 Insurrection
1:06:17 Anti-Vax Conspiracies
1:07:09 Darwinian Evolution
1:08:45 Pakistan, Opportunity & Graveyards
1:13:15 Algo & meaningful work for people
1:16:08 Hope for the future
1:22:06 Future of work & school
1:25:48 Where are the aliens?
1:28:04 Global Influence of Technology & Diversity of Values
1:29:33 Less conflict in the metaverse?
1:31:50 People more productive working remotely
1:33:31 Are aliens conscious?
1:36:25 Alien reality
1:36:57 Bereavement Hallucination
1:38:14 Error checking methods for hallucinations
1:40:58 Consciousness in dream states
1:44:10 Running into alien technology
1:46:47 Closing Thoughts

About the host

portrait of Amjad Hussain, one of the author for Algo podcast and the CEO of Algo

Amjad Hussain

Amjad Hussain is an entrepreneur at heart. He founded Algo where he is the CEO during the day and AI lego blocks designer at night. He has built an intrinsically motivated global team of deep business domain experts, AI architects, computer scientists and software engineers. Algo is an always on full stack platform with deep learning, augmented reality and workflow automation woven at its core. The platform has a conversational virtual business analyst persona as its primary user interface. The company is enjoying sustainable growth creating tremendous net new value for its customers world-wide.

Amjad completed his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering with Honors from UET Lahore. He earned his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from UMIST, in the United Kingdom and an Advanced Analytics MBA from MIT. He has completed general management programs at Harvard and Stanford business schools. Amjad deeply cares about ethical issues surrounding AI and its societal impact.

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