ASI, short for Artificial Super Intelligence, is a new discipline creating artificial intelligence that can learn, reason, plan, integrate, communicate, self-replicate, and sense. The development of artificial super intelligence with "recursive self-improvement" may have repercussions so great and so complex that it may not be possible to forecast what will come afterwards, as the intelligence would be able to improve upon itself with greater capacity and rapid development beyond human control.
CRISPR, short for "clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats" is genome editing technology with a wide scope of possibilities as well as significant ethical concerns. The technology allows permanent modifications of genes within an organism. Applications include medicine and crop seed modifications. Bioethical concerns are that it can be used for germline editing.
What does the new ISP data-sharing rollback actually change? Congress shot down the FCC’s internet privacy rules and created much confusion over what Americans should expect when it comes to online privacy. Previously internet providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T were prevented from sharing your web browsing history with other companies, now the door is open for far more aggressive data-sharing.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai plans to roll back net neutrality, one of the most controversial items up for consideration at the agency. Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites paying higher rates at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites paying lower rates?