Some additional old, moldy items (for my recent work, please return to main page)

Why we need Friendly AI
Humans will not always be the most intelligent agents on Earth, the ones steering the future. What will happen to us when we no longer play that role, and how can we prepare for this transition? [w/ Luke Muehlhauser] [Think, Vol. 13, No. 36 (2014): 41–47] [pdf] [translation: Russian]
Predictions from Philosophy?
How analytical philosophers could help forecast our technological future. Argues that academic philosophers can do something useful if they become scientific generalists, polymaths, with a thorough grounding in several sciences. Also contains specific remarks about the Fermi paradox, superintelligence, sociological attractors and other things. [Colloquia Manilana (PDCIS), 2000, Vol. 7] [audio]
What to say to the Skeptic
A discussion, in dialog form, of the position of the radical skeptic, who doubts that any inductive knowledge is possible. Very early work.
Human Reproductive Cloning from the Perspective of the Future
Boy have I been asked the cloning question too many times! But here is a statement of 27 Dec 2002.
Heart of the Matter, BBC1 Television
Script: "Against Aging". (March 2000).
The Epistemological Mystique of Self-Locating Belief
Some puzzling problems related to self-location
The Future of Identity
On the future of "human identity" in relation to information and communication technologies, automation and robotics, and biotechnology and medicine.
[w/ Anders Sandberg] [Report, Commissioned by the UK's Government Office for Science, 2011]
Recent Developments in the Ethics, Science, and Politics of Life-Extension
A review/commentary on The Fountain of Youth (Oxford University Press, 2004).
[Ageing Horizons, No. 3 (2005): 28–33] [html] [pdf]
Recognizing the Diversity of Cognitive Enhancements
Short article on the bioethics of cognitive enhancement.
[AJOB Neuroscience (11:4), Nov (2020): 250–253] [pdf]
Dinosaurs, Dodos, Humans?
Short article on existential risks.
[Global Agenda, Feb (2006): 230–231; the annual publication of the World Economic Forum] [pdf]
Cortical Integration
Possible Solutions to the Binding and Linking Problems in Perception, Reasoning and Long Term Memory. (My MSc-thesis from 1996 in computational neuroscience on the problem of finding neurologically plausible dynamical binding mechanisms in the brain for producing and storing structured representations.) [Consciousness and Cognition, 2000, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 39S-40S]
Understanding Quine's Theses of Indeterminacy
My old MA-thesis in philosophy. Boring. [Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations, 2005, Vol. 9, March]
Observational Selection Effects and Probability
Doctoral dissertation, which presented the first mathematically explicit "observation selection theory". It has now been transfigured into a book, which I'd recommend instead.
What is transhumanism?
An obsolete introduction but with a more recent postscript. [Earlier version in Sawaal, August 2000; reprinted in Doctor Tandy's First Guide to Life Extension and Transhumanity, 2001, Ria University Press, Palo Alto]
Some older online interviews
Nanotechnology now (2001) | Resonance Publications (2000)

Some abandoned drafts

Ethical Principles in the Creation of Artificial Minds
A brief proposal. Revised in 2005. [html]
Desire, Time, and Ethical Weight
Discusses the role of time in desire-satisfactionism. E.g. is it more important that a desire gets satisfied if it has been held longer? (This paper would have needed major revising.) [pdf]

Some old interviews and miscellanea

Interview for The European
Interviewed by Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements, and ethical discourses about technological progress. (13 June 2011)
Interview for Nature
With Kerri Smith (22 August 2006)
Interview for The Guardian
With John Sutherland (9 May 2006) [pdf]
Apology for old email


Global Catastrophic Risk
Lecture for the Chancellor's Court of Benefactors, Oxford 22 Nov 2008 [video]