Will humanity survive this century? Sir Martin Rees predicts ‘a bumpy ride’ ahead

To learn more about which technologies worry him most, his prospects for humanity’s survival and why he thinks we’ll eventually enter a period of “Post-human evolution,” MACH recently sat down with Rees in New York City.

Well, we survived 18 years so far, but I do think we will have a bumpy ride through the century.

I’m thinking about climate change and the associated loss of biodiversity.

I’m thinking of biotechnology, cybertechnology and artificial intelligence.

It’s a dangerous delusion to think otherwise, because terraforming Mars is much, much harder than ensuring we have a sustainable situation here and avoid massive climate change.

You think we’ll eventually have humans living on Mars?I think there is a likelihood that by the end of the century there will be a community of people living on Mars.

These people on Mars – I think they will be important for the far future of the 22nd century and beyond, because they will be in an environment to which they’re ill adapted.

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AI Weekly: Driverless car innovation has sped ahead of regulation

Driverless cars remain on a slow but steady march toward widespread deployment.

Volkswagen, Intel’s Mobileye division, and car distributor Champion Motors unveiled a plan to launch a commercial autonomous taxi service in Israel next year.

In March, Uber suspended testing of its autonomous Volvo XC90 fleet after one of its cars struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona.

The Rand Corporation, for one, estimates autonomous cars will have to rack up 11 billion miles before we’ll have reliable statistics on their safety.

“Self-driving cars should be no more likely to crash than cars currently do, and should provide no less protection to occupants or pedestrians in the event of a crash.”

In early October, the Department of Transportation, through NHTS, issued the third iteration of its voluntary guidelines on the development and deployment of driverless car technology: Automated Vehicles 3.0.

In March, President Donald Trump signed into law a $1.3 trillion spending bill that earmarks $100 million for projects that “Test the feasibility and safety” of autonomous cars.

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