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AI and Robotics

AI and Robotics

  1. Waterfall is a guided, in-depth program for everyone interested in studying systematically issues upon which Objectivism has something distinctive and important to say.
  2. Four-to-six mini-courses per year are scheduled on perennial and contemporary themes—Money, Socialism, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Slavery and Reparations, Objectivity, Envy, Capitalism, Individual Rights, Egoism versus Altruism, and more.
  3. Each course includes content ranging from memes, videos, podcasts, texts by Ayn Rand, curated intellectual and scholarly texts by Objectivist and other thinkers from a variety of perspectives.  
  4. Executive Summaries written by Senior Scholar Stephen Hicks, Researcher Andrei Volkov, and others are provided for the longer items to give busy people an essentialized overview and/or to highlight the key themes for those who will pursue the in-depth reading.
  5. This course: Slavery. Examine the essential history of slavery and the powerful ideas behind the great moral and political campaigns against slavery. Discover key texts and movie recommendations.
  6. Authors included in the course are: Frederick Douglass, William Wilberforce, Ayn Rand, Stephen Hicks, Jeffrey Hummel, Jennifer Grossmann, Robert Nozick, and others.
  7. A meme series—some advocating the Objectivist view, some complementary to it, and some hostile to it—is also available with serious, humorous, and adversarial content.
  8. Links to additional recommended items are provided for those wanting further study.
  9. Anyone can pursue the Waterfall courses in self-guided fashion or by joining an informal online seminar with others interested in Objectivism. The seminar is led by Vickie Oddino, Ph.D. To participate in the seminar, enroll today as an Atlas Intellectual.

Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, "The Future Is Faster than You Think"
Week 1
Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, "The Future Is Faster than You Think"
Week 1
John Tamny, The End of Work
Week 2
John Tamny, The End of Work
Week 2
Ronald Bailey, “Can Algorithms Run Things Better than Humans? Welcome to the Rise of the Algocracy”
Week 3
Ronald Bailey, “Can Algorithms Run Things Better than Humans? Welcome to the Rise of the Algocracy”
Week 3
Amitai Etzioni and Oren Etzioni, “Pros and Cons of Autonomous Weapons”
Week 4
Amitai Etzioni and Oren Etzioni, “Pros and Cons of Autonomous Weapons”
Week 4
Stephen Hicks, "Sex Dolls: Why Not?"
Week 5
Stephen Hicks, "Sex Dolls: Why Not?"
Week 5
Steven Pinker, “Thinking Machines”
Week 6
Steven Pinker, “Thinking Machines”
Week 6
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