Round Up (Feb 16) – Atheism, Hybrid People, AI Workers, UFO Hunting

Atheism on the Rise

Recent research shows that among Generation Z, the rate of atheism is double that of the adult US population. Even though I happen to think atheism is foolish, a whole lot of younger people tend to see it differently. This religion of atheism (as I see it) is rapidly growing among youth. Why is this? I think the key is the “all-out embrace of relativism” the article mentions. If everything is relative, there are no absolutes. When there are no absolutes…nothing matters.

AI Hybrids

“Human/AI hybrids and gene editing are going to change mankind in a big way” claims the headline of this article. I agree. I talked about hybrids replacing normal humans as well. This news item shows how the concept of human-robot hybrids is becoming more mainstream. This totally serious article mentions human-AI neural interfaces as well as the very real possibility of AIs replacing humans in the labor force.

AI Co-workers

This article take the AI worker theme in a different direction, with the scenario of AI “co-workers”. “At the very least, finding ways to use AI as a tool rather than a replacement will keep human workers relevant.” That’s comforting. But the article does make clear that “not all jobs will survive the rise of AI”.

Ghostbusters for Aliens

Another ABC report related to UFOs – this time about an independent paranormal/UFO investigator who believes the 37th parallel is a sort of “highway” for UFOs. It’s a short but interesting interview. (Regarding the aliens or demons question – I wonder if Chuck Zukowski sees aliens as possible supernatural entities or real flesh-and-blood creatures.)