Differential technological development

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Differential technological development is a strategy proposed by transhumanist philosopher Nick Bostrom in which societies would seek to influence the sequence in which emerging technologies developed. On this approach, societies would strive to retard the development of harmful technologies and their applications, while accelerating the development of beneficial technologies, especially those that offer protection against the harmful ones.[1]

Inspired by Bostrom's proposal, Luke Muehlhauser and Anna Salamon suggested a more general project of "differential intellectual progress," in which society advances its wisdom, philosophical sophistication, and understanding of risks faster than its technological power.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Bostrom, Nick (2002). Existential Risks: Analyzing Human Extinction Scenarios. Retrieved 2006-02-21. 
  2. ^ Muehlhauser, Luke; Anna Salamon (2012). Intelligence Explosion: Evidence and Import. p. 18-19. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Muehlhauser, Luke (2013). Facing the Intelligence Explosion. Machine Intelligence Research Institute. Retrieved 29 November 2013.