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AI Dangers & Intelligent Design / Catastrophic Threats

Date Sunday - August 18, 2019
Host George Knapp
Guests Hugo de GarisBryan Walsh

In the first half, AI expert, Dr. Hugo de Garis, joined George Knapp to discuss what he believes the future holds in terms of AI, as well as his upcoming speech at the True Legends conference called "The Post Science Paradigm, Was the Universe Designed?" Particle physicists are discovering ever stronger clues that the universe was designed by a hyper mathematical intelligence, he reported, adding that other planets are billions of years older than ours, so intelligent life almost certainly evolved to enormous heights in terms of AI. "The values of the constants in the laws of physics are so fantastically, improbably finely tuned to allow matter and life to exist that you become extremely suspicious that it's been engineered," he remarked, "as though some hyper-intelligence behind it tuned these parameters to be just right."

As AI development accelerates, he warned that beings with artificial intellect or "artilects" will eventually have god-like capacities, and be trillions of times smarter than us. It's an incredibly risky endeavor for humans to create such beings, de Garis pointed out, as they might view humanity as so inferior to them (like how we see ants or mosquitoes) that they would do something that causes our extinction like removing oxygen from the planet. He outlined how over the coming decades, humanity is probably going to split into three categories which may be in conflict with each other: The Terrans, normal humans as they are today; Cyborgs-- part machine, part human; and Cosmists-- those who push for the building of artilects and have a "big picture" view of expanding out into the cosmos.

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From asteroids and AI to volcanic super-eruption to nuclear war, 15-year veteran science reporter and TIME editor Bryan Walsh provided a panoramic view of the most catastrophic threats to the human race, in the latter half. He includes threats that emerge from nature and those of our own making, and offers strategies for saving ourselves, all pulled from his rigorous reporting and research. Beyond the immediate damage from a massive asteroid strike, it's the cooling effect from the particles in the atmosphere, which create an "impact winter," that would create a catastrophic situation that can last for years, he noted. Temperatures drop by 10-15 degrees leading to crop failures and other environmental collapses.

We could do a better job scanning the heavens for possible asteroids on a collision course with us by using space-based telescopes, he continued, and craft could then be sent to change the momentum of such objects. Walsh also talked about how the eruption of a supervolcano can lead to an extinction-level event. If you look back at the history of the planet, mega-volcanic activity has been responsible for far more extinctions than asteroids, he cited, and the caldera at Yellowstone could be overdue for such a cataclysmic eruption. The threat of nuclear war, while lessened from the height of the Cold War days, is still an ever-present danger, cautioned Walsh, and with the addition of countries such as Pakistan and India having nuclear weapons, there are more possibilities for wars or accidents.

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Knapp's News 8/18/19

George Knapp shares a number of items that recently caught his attention including an article about Johns Hopkins studying people's experiences with DMT 'aliens.':

If You’ve Met Aliens While on DMT, These Scientists Would Like to Hear From You
Scientists Create Millions of Virtual Universes to Understand Cosmic History
Insect 'apocalypse' in U.S. driven by 50x increase in toxic pesticides
It's Possible That Dinosaurs Had a Whole Civilization
Fractal Patterns Offer Clues to Universe's Origin
Asteroid shock: NASA preparing for ‘colossal God of Chaos’ rock to arrive in next 10 years

Exclusive Luis Elizondo Statement

Did the Dept. of Defense authorize the release of three purported UFO videos in 2017 and 2018? That question has largely been settled but continues to generate questions among some researchers. This week, in response to a FOIA request, the Pentagon released additional information about the email communications between the requester Luis Elizondo (pictured) and the DOD. After reading some of the hostile comments posted on social media, George Knapp reached out to Lue Elizondo for further comment. Elizondo sent this statement:

Once again, this is yet another attempt by a few antagonists to bend facts around their false narrative. What the emails actually prove is as follows:

1) I did indeed work in AATIP

2) I was in a Senior position

3) The videos were coordinated for release the proper way and the decision was a group decision

4) The Pentagon and not Luis Elizondo approved release

As for the notion by the conspiracy theorist that some how I released the videos under false pretenses is further negated by the following:

A) At the time of the request, AATIP was still a small and sensitive program that I was not at liberty to discuss among a broader audience. As such, I used the term UAS as a general phrase that people could understand without specifically highlighting UAPs.

B) That individuals who were also part of the AATIP and UAP effort and who ultimately authorized the release were CCd on all the emails so those who needed to know, absolutely knew. This is the "OCA" or better known as the Original Classification Authority. This is evident by the fact that the Pentagon chose to redact their names, namely because they are still part of the effort and work at the Pentagon.

C) It was the Pentagon and not me who believed releasing the videos to a broader audience would be easier. One can read my emails to see I wanted to keep the videos protected but they felt releasing them at the unrestricted level would be easier and more efficient.

D) The reason why it reads "Not Applicable" under the section "PUBLICATION" is because last I checked you can't "publish a video" you "release a video". As such, I did not want to confuse DOPSR by indicating I wanted to publish the videos...we wanted to release them instead. Proper English grammar.

---Luis Elizondo

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