EP 3: An Act of Nature

Would it be wise for humanity to clarify its ethics regarding the treatment of animals before artificial general intelligence (AGI) knocks humanity off the top of the pyramid?

In this episode, we cover the intellectual property of monkeys, Ireland, the Book of Genesis, slavery, dolphins, 3D printed food, and robots who program pain for themselves.

Also, Nick and Eddie call BS on themselves at least once and plan on a sequel episode with interviews of experts in the field of Animal Rights law. This is Robot F. Kennedy.


• A monkey took a selfie, and the ownership of it was not…clear
• NPR: Monkey Can’t Own Copyright To His Selfie, Federal Judge Says

• Washington Post: “USDA abruptly purges animal welfare information from its website”

• The History of Animal Protection in the United States

• Animal may qualify for increased legal rights
• The Soul of an Octopus: How One of Earth’s Most Alien Creatures Illuminates the Wonders of Consciousness
• New Jersey Says Releasing Dolphin’s Autopsy Would Infringe Its Privacy
• Chimpanzee Rights Get a Day in Court

• Yuval Harari scares Nick.
• Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

• Freakonomics Radio: “Waiter, There’s a Physicist In My Soup”
• Part 1, January 27, 2011:
• Part 2, February 3, 2011:

• Northern spotted owl and arguing for biodiversity to conservatives.
• In 1994, the Clinton administration negotiated a truce between conservationists attempting to protect the northern spotted owl, and an Oregonian lumber company with logging rights in the bird species’ mating territory.

• The economic interest in exploiting animals will decrease over time.
• Beyond Meat, plant-based burgers apparently indistinguishable from ground beef
• Memphis Meats, lab grown meat from stem cells. As of 2016, it costs $18,000 per pound, but of course that will fall over time.
• Engadget: Bloody, meatless Impossible Burger will soon be easier to find

• Humans are the cheapest supercomputers. We run on an average of an average power of 97.2 watts. You are less energy expensive than a 100 watt light bulb.

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