Karma doesn't work how most people think it does

Eastern traditions have complex views on how karma affects your life.

  • Karma is not simple retribution for bad deeds.
  • Eastern traditions view karma as part of a cycle of birth and rebirth.
  • Actions and intentions can influence karma, which can be both positive and negative.
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Why aligning AI to our values may be harder than we think

Can we stop a rogue AI by teaching it ethics? That might be easier said than done.

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  • One way we might prevent AI from going rogue is by teaching our machines ethics so they don't cause problems.
  • The questions of what we should, or even can, teach computers remains unknown.
  • How we pick the values artificial intelligence follows might be the most important thing.
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How we make moral decisions

In some situations, asking "what if everyone did that?" is a common strategy for judging whether an action is right or wrong.

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Imagine that one day you're riding the train and decide to hop the turnstile to avoid paying the fare.
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Earth alienation: Hannah Arendt on outer space

This space expansionist ideology marked the beginning of what Arendt called "earth alienation."

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On Wednesday 30th May, billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX company launched its first human passengers into orbit from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, opening a door to the commercialization of space.

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3 cognitive biases perpetuating racism at work — and how to overcome them

Researchers say that moral self-licensing occurs "because good deeds make people feel secure in their moral self-regard."

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Books about race and anti-racism have dominated bestseller lists in the past few months, bringing to prominence authors including Ibram Kendi, Ijeoma Oluo, Reni Eddo-Lodge, and Robin DiAngelo.

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