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Exponential technology such as artificial intelligence causes the complexity of our world to explode. How do we address complexity as an existential risk in itself? Enter Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon, director of the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University, in British Columbia. He describes himself as a Complex Systems Theorist, and has a PhD from MIT in international relations, defense and arms control policy, and conflict theory.

His research has focused on threats to global security in the 21st century, including economic instability, climate change, and energy scarcity. He and the Cascade Institute study how people, organizations, and societies can better resolve their conflicts and innovate in response to complex problems.

In part 2 of our talk, we continue discussing his latest book, Commanding Hope, Systems Thinking, and how to identify mechanisms for shaping our collective beliefs and attitudes to produce more effective action on, say, climate change.

All that and our usual look at today's headlines in AI.

Transcript and URLs referenced at HumanCusp Blog.

Thomas Homer-Dixon





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