forbidden research


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In a world where seemingly anything is possible, there are still lines of inquiry and research that—for a host of reasons—remain forbidden. Exploring restricted scientific and cultural topics in the face of social and moral constraints requires a willingness to buck the rules; to disobey them conscientiously. You don’t win a Nobel prize by doing what you’re told, but there is a fuzzy line—sometimes obvious only in retrospect—between disobedience that helps society and disobedience that doesn’t.

The idea of “forbidden research” challenges us to ..

question long-standing laws and rules about what knowledge we can seek,

and whether that knowledge improves or impedes the health and sustainability of society. Deeply held moral beliefs have led to laws that restrict research on organismal engineering. Artificial intelligence and machine rights raise uncomfortable social, cultural, and legal questions. Misconceptions about Islam and women’s rights are amplified around the world, especially now in a time of politically charged racism in America. Climate and environmental engineering offer massive potential and massive risk. Can we afford to take those risks? Can we afford not to?

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The full video of #forbiddenML is available now. Closed captions coming soon!

‘how to get disobedience robust.. stronger rather than weaker when people question authority’- @Joi #forbiddenML

‘how to protect freedom to take on new research.. forbidden because so big/uncomfortable’ – @EthanZ

‘restrictions on what we can study are restrictions on an open society’ – @EthanZ

on denialism & non-solutions that arise & the silencing people that discover the flaws- @doctorow

‘tiny us to net we have today. ulysses pacts’- @doctorow

‘laws are actually a weak guarantee of outcome’ – @Snowden

‘law is not a substitute for conscience’ – @Snowden

‘one good journalist at right time/place can change history.. makes them targets’- @Snowden

day of.. via livestream:


When do we follow rules, disobey quietly or bravely decide to defy rules and work to change them asks @natematias at #forbiddenML

Alexandra Elbakayan speaking about Scihub at #forbiddenML, where scholars share credentials to access research.


The nature of science is to discover secrets, not keep them—Alexandra Elbakyan, @ringo_ring #forbiddenML

on unrigging our algo’s of bias – @kkarahal #forbiddenML


Evolution doesn’t optimize for well-being. Should we do that? Could we even know how? A public, not scientist question 403 #forbiddenML


Ethan, Joi, CoryEd, Bunnie, ..

A Prize for Disobedience from the @medialab & @reidhoffman.


pluralistic ignorance

manufacturing consent

let’s do this firstfree art-ists.

for (blank)’s sake

a nother way

hosting life bits via self talk as data