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Lisa Jackson, American politician

agrees Fracking
I’m not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water.
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Xi Jinping, General secretary of the communist party of china and paramount leader of china

disagrees Tariffs
Pursuing protectionism is just like locking one's self in a dark room: Wind and rain might be kept outside but so are light and air.
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Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

What to do about mass unemployment? This is going to be a massive social challenge. There will be fewer and fewer jobs that a robot cannot do better [than a human]. These are not things that I wish will happen. These are simply things that I think probably will happen.
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Avi Rubin,

disagrees Electronic voting
My position hasn't changed over the years. Which is that online voting is a very unsafe idea and a very bad idea and something I think no technological breakthrough I can foresee can ever change. People's computers are not getting more secure. They're getting more infected with viruses. They're getting more under the control of malware.
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Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer

Historically, technology has created more jobs than it destroys and there is no reason to think otherwise in this case. Someone has to make and service all these advanced devices.
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Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman & former CEO, Google

We have to make them [workers] more productive through automation, through tools. So I'm convinced that there is in fact going to be a jobs shortage. There is going to be jobs that are unfulfilled, and that the way we'll fill them is to take people plus computers, and the computers will make people smarter. If you make the people smarter, their wages go up. They don't go down, and the number of jo... See More
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Moshe Vardi, AI and Automation Expert With 30 Yrs Experience

We are approaching the time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task. Society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: if machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do? A typical answer is that we will be free to pursue leisure activities. [But] I do not find the prospect of leisure-only life appealing. I believe that work i... See More
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Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

agrees Carbon Tax
Not paying carbon taxes is like not paying for garbage collection.
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Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

agrees Basic Income
I think we'll end up doing universal basic income. It's going to be necessary.
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Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Inc, inventor of the personal computer

Fast lanes or “paid prioritization” create anti-competitive incentives for ISPs to favor their own services over those of their competitors. Though Pai thinks paid prioritization would somehow benefit consumers, allowing ISPs to make such arrangements would stifle innovation online and make it harder for the next great streaming service or social network to reach the market. This is not an idle wo... See More
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Paul Buchheit, Lead developer of Gmail, founder of FriendFeed. and investor in Y Combinator

agrees Basic Income
I don't have to work. I choose to work. And I believe that everyone deserves the same freedom I have. If done right, it's also economically superior, meaning that we will all have more wealth. We often talk about how brilliant or visionary Steve Jobs was, but there are probably millions of people just as brilliant as he was. The difference is that they likely didn't grow up with great parents, am... See More
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Steve Huffman, Co-founder and CEO of Reddit

If we don’t have net neutrality protections that enforce tenets of fairness online, you give internet service providers the ability to choose winners and losers. This is not hyperbole.
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Steve Jobs, co-Founder and former CEO of Apple

Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think
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Bill Nye,

agrees Carbon Tax
So what we want to do is have a 'fee' for carbon dioxide production, and then we will return the fee to the people.
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Moshe Vardi, AI and Automation Expert With 30 Yrs Experience

agrees Basic Income
we may have to consider instituting a Basic Income Guarantee
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Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

I really think there are two fundamental paths [for humans]: One path is we stay on Earth forever, and some eventual extinction event wipes us out
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K. Eric Drexler, Founding father of nanotechnology

AI technologies may reach thethreshold of rapid, open-ended, recursive improvement before we are prepared to manage the challenges posed by the emergence superintelligent AI agents.
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Jaan Tallinn, Co-founder of Skype and Kazaa

He says our biggest existential threat is artificial intelligence
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Richard Sutton, Professor and iCORE chair of computer science at University of Alberta

He states that there is “certainly a significant chance within all of our expected lifetimes” that human-level AI will be created, then goes on to say the AIs “will not be under our control”, and so on
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Hans Moravec, Former professor at the Robotics Institute of CMU, and founder of the SeeGrid Corporation

He states that by the end of this process “the immensities of cyberspace will be teeming with unhuman superminds, engaged in affairs that are to human concerns as ours are to those of bacteria”
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David McAllester, Professor and Chief Academic Officer at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago

The Singularity would enable machines to become infinitely intelligent, and would pose an ‘incredibly dangerous scenario’, he says.
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Demis Hassabis, Founder & CEO, DeepMind

He accepts there are “legitimate risks that we should be thinking about now”, but is adamant these are not the dystopian scenarios of science fiction in which super-smart machines ruthlessly dispense of their human creators.
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Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
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Tom Harris, Executive director of the Ottawa-based International Climate Science Coalition

he current state of “climate change” science is quite clear: There is essentially zero evidence that carbon dioxide from human activities is causing catastrophic climate change
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Stephen Schneider, Professor of Environmental Biology and Global Change at Stanford University

You can't adapt to melting the Greenland ice sheet. You can't adapt to species that have gone extinct
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L. Rafael Reif, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I urge everyone to join us in rising to this historic challenge.
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Grady Booch, Software engineer. Developed UML

Might a superintelligent AI emerge? In some distant future, perhaps
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Clive Sinclair, Entrepreneur and inventor

Once you start to make machines that are rivaling and surpassing humans with intelligence, it’s going to be very dificult for us to survive
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Paul G. Allen, Co-founder of Microsoft

Gaining a comprehensive scientific understanding of human cognition is one of the hardest problems there is. We continue to make encouraging progress. But by the end of the century, we believe, we will still be wondering if the singularity is near.
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Jaan Tallinn, Co-founder of Skype and Kazaa

A superintelligent AI could be a serious problem
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Rodney A. Brooks, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, author, and robotics entrepreneur

If we are spectacularly lucky we’ll have AI over the next thirty years with the intentionality of a lizard, and robots using that AI will be useful tools. [...] Worrying about AI that will be intentionally evil to us is pure fear mongering
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Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Inc, inventor of the personal computer

It's actually going to turn out really good for humans. And it will be hundreds of years down the stream before they'd even have the ability. They'll be so smart by then that they'll know they have to keep nature, and humans are part of nature. So I got over my fear that we'd be replaced by computers. They're going to help us. We're at least the gods originally.
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Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science at Berkeley

The question is: Could you prove that your systems can’t ever, no matter how smart they are, overwrite their original goals as set by the humans?
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Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

AI potentially more dangerous than nukes
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Nigel Stein, CEO, GKN

disagrees Brexit
Industry in the UK is operating on a global stage and membership of the EU gives it the opportunity to participate in decision making, including the setting of regulation, which will impact the industry.
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Nigel Stein, CEO, GKN

disagrees Brexit
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Peter Rice, Irish engineer

disagrees Brexit
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Richard Williams, English academic, engineer and innovator

disagrees Brexit
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Nigel Weatherill, British academic

disagrees Brexit
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Christopher Snowden, British academic

disagrees Brexit
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Edward Byrne, Australian neuroscientist and university administrator

disagrees Brexit
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Julia King, British scientist

disagrees Brexit
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Daniel Wolpert, British neuroscientist

disagrees Brexit
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Greg Winter, British biochemist

disagrees Brexit
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Michael J. C. Gordon, Computer scientist

disagrees Brexit
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Keith Glover, Electrical engineer

disagrees Brexit
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Zoubin Ghahramani, British intelligence researcher

disagrees Brexit
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Richard Friend, British physicist

disagrees Brexit
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Derek Fray, British material scientist

disagrees Brexit
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Norman Fleck, British engineer

disagrees Brexit
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