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Ashes Ashes is a podcast about the end of the world. Each week we explore a new systemic or apocalyptic issue that society is facing now or will have to deal with in the coming decades. Through this we hope to draw the listener to the conclusion that our overarching economic and political systems are inherently flawed. Once that fact is accepted, it's that much easier to do something about it.
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3 days ago
Episode 29 - "War Machine"
International calls to ban autonomous weapon systems have done little to slow the escalating arms race between nations to acquire weapons of the so called third revolution in warfare - or simply "killer robots." The intersection of AI, deep learning, and lethal weaponry presents a future of war unlike any the world has ever seen. In the crosshairs of this new frontier of violence we find moral accountability, the ethics of killing, and of course the comforting lullaby that we have any meaningful control over our world.
What will war become when all the warriors are replaced by weapons that "think" but do not feel? Listen in this week to find out.
5:10 Arms Race for LAWS
8:28 Autonomous Weapons: This Time It's Different
15:47 Calling for a Ban
28:46 Robot Dystopian Future #1
32:03 Is Technology Just a Tool?
39:30 Robot Dystopian Future #2
42:22 War Business and Following Orders
47:12 Robot Dystopian Future #3
55:46 Robot Overlords
58:31 Sitting on a Man
1:01:14 Culture that Outpaces Technology
1:03:27 Flaw of Averages
1:06:47 Robot Dystopian Future #4
1:12:17 Absurdity of War
1:16:35 What Can We Do?
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