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We Are Not Saved

We Are Not Saved is a podcast covering Eschatology. While this concept has traditionally been a religious one, and concerned with the end of creation, in this podcast that study has been broadened to include secular ways the world could end (so called x-risks) and also deepened to cover the potential end of nations, cultures and civilizations. The title is taken from the book of Jeremiah, Chapter 8, verse 20: The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
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Now displaying: June, 2023
Jun 30, 2023

Religion is often viewed as being completely different from technology, but in actuality religion is a technology, one of the oldest forms of it in fact. It's a particularly important form of technology one that we abandon at our peril.

Jun 28, 2023

Transcript: https://www.wearenotsaved.com/p/the-ideas-of-nassim-nicholas-taleb-20d?sd=pf

For many years this was the most listened to episode of my podcast. So it seemed logical to update it, but also it's one you might have already heard.

Jun 23, 2023

Transcript: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatchesendofworld/2023/06/a-judgment-day-for-ais/

If AIs are going to act as independent agents then they should be praised for the virtues and judged for their sins just as we all are. And in fact this judgment is one of the few things that will ensure their morality.

Jun 21, 2023

Transcript: https://www.wearenotsaved.com/p/the-politics-of-the-zombie-apocalypse-e4c

Per Scott Alexander it's possible that the right optimizes for survival, while the left optimizes for thriving. If so would a society entirely optimized around thriving actually function?

Jun 16, 2023

Transcript: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatchesendofworld/2023/06/morality-for-robots-and-ais/

AI risk has been in the news a lot lately. One way to reduce that risk is to make sure that AIs are moral. But what does morality even mean when you're talking about robots and AIs?

Jun 14, 2023

Transcript: https://www.wearenotsaved.com/p/burning-man-dreamtime-and-dragons-8b8

Burning Man aspires to reinvent the culture of the Earth. I don't think it's going to, which is to say in 1,000 years I don't think that people will look back on this era as the Dawn of the Burners. But what will they think of us? That's the question we cover in this episode.

Jun 9, 2023

Artificial Intelligence has many attributes, which previously have been qualities we've only associated with the divine. 

This is cross posted from my Patheos column which you can find here: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatchesendofworld/

Jun 8, 2023

Transcript: https://www.wearenotsaved.com/p/the-10-books-i-finished-in-may-and 

I'm still figure out how to do anchor links. Also I really need to figure out how to write shorter reviews...

Jun 3, 2023

Religion and technology relate to each other in strange and subtle ways. Religion must, of necessity grapple with technology, but how to do that remains unclear.

This is the first post of my new Patheos column. If you could subscribe that would be fantastic.

 

Jun 1, 2023

Transcript: https://www.wearenotsaved.com/p/nukes-2023 

A updating of one of my past posts. I actually changed a lot more than I thought would. Also since it's not appearing on Substack I went a little bit crazy with footnotes. Let me know what you think of how I handled them on audio.

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