My name is Ruben Boyd, and I’m currently finishing my thesis of Artificial Intelligence Master at the Free University of Amsterdam (VU). I complete sucker for science, but not that much of a scientist. Because of that, I am learning to become a science journalist at New Scientist. My roots lie in Psychology, and in 2014 I obtained my Bachelor of Science at the VU.
My main interests lie in human (altered) states of consciousness, free will, mental disorder, neuroscience, artificial intelligence and how all of this relates to society and politics.
With the ever increasing influence of data-driven systems on our societies, I am incredibly interested in the ethical and societal implications of new upcoming technologies such as artificial intelligence, applied neuroscience, computational biology and robotics. It is of crucial importance to monitor what the actual impact of these new technologies are. Is technology making us more human, more clever, or more dumb and hive-like? How will humanity cope with wide spread automation and possible sentient artificial intelligence? Are we killing human imagination and attention by giving every 8 year old a smartphone and stocking it primarily with entertainment, essentially turning it into an addiction device ? How do we fight search engine and social network based information bubbles?
The human psyche is the battleground of the 21st centuries cognitive capitalism. It are exactly these philosophical and scientific questions that deserve critical answers, as they are shoved under the table by tech-utopians making a quick buck, undermining our psychological health.
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