Consciousness

My philosophical interests

In my philosophical work, I have attempted to understand the nature of the human mind in a general, abstract and comprehensive way.<p>I have addressed …

Mind

Symptoms of consciousness

Where did consciousness come from? A recent piece in New Scientist (paywalled, I’m afraid) reviewed a number of ideas about the evolutionary origin …

Neurophilosophy

Consciousness Is a Narrative Created by Your Unconscious Mind

American neuroscientist Dean Buonomano believes that your brain might be processing the world around you in a totally different manner than how you …

Google's AutoML AI Won't Destroy The World (Yet)

A popular concept in science fiction is the singularity, a moment of explosive accelerating growth in technology and artificial intelligence that …

Machine Learning

First the cloud, now AI takes on the scientific method

Cloud didn't make the scientific method irrelevant in '08—AI won't do it in '17, either.<p>Back when I was doing research, one of my advisors once joked …

Higgs Boson

Eternal Emperor in His Own Mind: The Distorted Reality of Donald Trump

<i>In this in-depth article, two high profile mental health experts delve further into the inconsistencies and untruths that underlie much of what this</i> …

Psychology

Mind-controlled device may help paralysed patients move again

Scientists have developed a new mind-controlled device that helps paralysed patients regain movement in their hands.<p>Stroke patients who learned to …

Singularity

Artificial Womb Technology: Who Benefits?

Artificial wombs just got a lot closer to becoming a reality. But who will benefit from this groundbreaking technology? And what do feminists have to …

Singularity

Research Topics for Crary's Techniques of the Observer

<b>1) Foucault considers that between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the transcendent subject of the Enlightenment became mapped onto the</b> …

letter from Ray | Supporting universal basic income as step in world progress

column<b>:</b> letters from Ray <br>date<b>:</b> May 27, 2017<p>topic<b>:</b> Adopting a universal basic income for all people can help society think creatively with new ideas, …

Ray Kurzweil

3 Ways Focusing On Mental Health Has Made Me A Better Entrepreneur

This May during Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ve been taking time to reflect on my own mental health. Specifically, how mental health and self-care practices impact my ability to lead my startup company. Entrepreneurship is both draining and exhilarating, all in one – and it’s common for those …

Self-awareness

Is Consciousness in the Physical World? We May Be About to Find Out.

Physicist Lucien Hardy of the Perimeter Institute for Quantum Physics in Canada has an experiment he wants to try. His believes his experiment could …

Quantum Mechanics

Qualia

I recently went on a short trek in the hills. There were very few people on this trail, all women. Something to be said for the male demographics …

Publicly Documenting My Private Failures

Perhaps this article is a risk to my career by virtue of being too honest, but it's a subject I have wanted to discuss publicly for some time. In the …

Self-awareness

World of Watson – 2017

The largest cognitive technology and AI conference in the U.S., World of Watson hosted by IBM includes a “Cognitive Concourse,” multiple keynotes, …

Cognition

Think you’re self-aware? Think again

Genuine self-knowledge relies on coming to see yourself as a stranger<p>The psychologist Tasha Eurich reports that 95% of people think they’re self-aware – that is, conscious of what really makes them tick and how they come across to others – yet only about 10-15% of us truly are. The discrepancy …

Self-awareness

How We Ruined Mindfulness

<i>Breathe. Be in the moment. Live in the here and now.</i><p>Those are familiar words, I’m sure, because we are living through a mindfulness revolution. …

Cognition

Today’s Kids Could Live Through Machine Superintelligence, Martian Colonies, and a Nuclear Attack

A futurist looks at the data.<p>It has become a cliche to declare that the future is full of both "great promise and great peril." Nonetheless, this aphorism expresses an important fact about the Janus-faced nature of our increasingly powerful technologies. If humanity realizes the best possible …

Singularity

An AI Just Created and Named New Paint Colors, and They're Hilarious

What’s in a Name?<p>Buying paint is always an enlightening affair. The names that companies come up with for their pigments are usually worth a chuckle …

Ray Kurzweil

THE BEADY EYE ASKS: HOW ARE WE GOING TO DEAL WITH ROBOTS THAT HAVE NO CONSCIOUSNESS.

( A seven minute read)<p>When we think about the future our horizons are constrained by present day ideologies and social systems.<p>For instance Democracy …

Intelligence

2017 is the year of artificial intelligence. Here’s why

Sandhya Venkatachalam, Founding Partner, Centerview Capital Technology<p>A recent acceleration of innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made it …

Ray Kurzweil

Google’s ‘Expeditions’ Initiative is Leading Innovation in the Future of Immersive Education

Google’s overarching mission is to organize all of the world’s information, and so it’s a natural fit for the company to be one of the leading …

Cognition

'Year Million's Robot Rights Movement is Already Taking Shape

National Geographic’s <i>Year Million</i>, which premiered this month, offers a terrifying glimpse into the future of our species. The first episode focused …

Singularity

Elon Musk's Neural Lace Could Use Brain-Stimulating Tech to Make Us Smarter

Stimulating The Brain<p>We are now poised at a time in history when brain-computer interfaces (BCI) are the obvious next step. On the brink of the …

Singularity

The NHMRC program grant overhaul: will it change the medical research landscape in Australia?

Medical research in Australia is facing some unprecedented challenges. Investment in the National and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has been flat …

Research

Mind-controlled device helps stroke patients retrain brains to move paralyzed hands: Device reads brain signals, converts them into motion

Device reads brain signals, converts them into motion<p>Stroke patients who learned to use their minds to open and close a plastic brace fitted over …

Singularity

In a tech world

Before his Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind became a phenomenon around the globe, Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari probably did not imagine …

Singularity

Wagers, Contests, and Competitions That Inspired Scientific Breakthroughs

A Cut-Throat Industry<p>The inventor Thomas Edison is quoted as saying, “If you want to succeed, get some enemies.”<p>His observation cuts to the heart of …

Neurophilosophy

Neuroscientist Christof Koch How the “Qualia” of Our Experience Illuminate the Central Mystery of Consciousness

“Without consciousness there is nothing… Consciousness is the central fact of your life.”<p><i>“I wish you could know what it means to be me,”</i> Nina Simone sang in her 1967 civil rights anthem “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” — an invitation to empathy at the heart of which is the animating …

Neurophilosophy

Quiz: How Self Aware Are You? It Can Predict How Your Life Would Be Like

<b>The Road to Self Awareness</b><p>Like most people, it took me quite a while to really come to my own self awareness. Through out my teens and twenties, I …

Self-awareness