Singularity

Bill Gates Reviews 'Homo Deus' by Yuval Noah Harari

What gives our lives meaning? And what if one day, whatever gives us meaning went away—what would we do then?<p>I’m still thinking about those weighty …

Life Sciences

So, You Regret That Brain Implant. Now What?

If anyone understands the unique level of risk associated with getting a neural implant, it’s Dr. Phil Kennedy. In 2014, he was forced to fly to …

Life Sciences

This Robot Can Complete a 2-Hour Brain Surgery Procedure in Just 2.5 Minutes

Hello, future.<p>Brain surgery is precision business, and one slip can spell doom for affected patients. Even in one of the most skilled jobs in the …

The Brain

Elon Musk's Neural Lace Could be an Injectable Thinking Cap

The consumer brain machine interface still doesn’t exist, but tech companies like Facebook are already thinking about how they can invest now to …

The Brain

Nobel Week Dialogue 2015: The Future of Intelligence

The Future of Intelligence<p>Nobel Week Dialogue 2015<p>As machines are approaching – or even surpassing – human intelligence, is our society on the verge …

Ray Kurzweil

The Moral Importance of Understanding Consciousness - Facts So Romantic

Debating whether other beings are conscious can sometimes feel like an unimportant academic exercise. But it’s not. The conclusion we reach …

Neurophilosophy

Brain implant allows paralyzed people to control an exoskeleton with their mind

Why it matters to you<p>Brain-computer interfaces are making our childhood dreams of mind control come true.<p>A new device could let paralyzed people …

The Brain

Disclaimer: Crazy thoughts about being human in the exponential data era

In the last two months I took the time to read Nick Bostrom’s ‘Superintelligence’ and ‘Sapiens’ and ‘Home Deus’ by Yuval Noah Harari. Both are …

Mindfulness

Should Robots Have Rights?

In the future, humans may need to afford rights and protections to artificial intelligence—as a way of protecting ourselves.<p>Humans have historically used race, religion, gender, and sexuality as justifications to deny others the right to vote, marry, own property, and live freely. While robots …

Robots

'Neural lace': Elon Musk building a brain

Circumstances are making it hard to see what's in the little plastic cylinder molecular biologist Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow is waving in his hand, with – …

Elon Musk

Human Intelligence Is Limited. That's Why We Need Synthetic Intelligence.

Three times a day I take a drug called levodopa. I take it because my brain does not produce enough dopamine; without it, my hands and feet shake and …

Neurophilosophy

Yuval Harari's New Book Feeds the Tech Czars' God Complex

Silicon Valley big shots like Sergey Brin and Peter Thiel are obsessed with immortality, and historian Yuval Harari's new book plays right into their fantasy.<p>What do the most powerful people in the world read? For Donald Trump, the depressing but familiar answer is nothing beyond tweets and …

Silicon Valley

Do you say ‘Thanks!’ or ‘Thanks.’? Google will tailor suggested email replies to your preferences.

If you use Google's Gmail app, you may have seen something new pop up on your screen this week: suggested responses for your emails.<p>The move illustrates one way that Google is using its increased focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning. If you're wondering why and how Google can make …

Ray Kurzweil

Technology vs Humanity – The Future is already here

In a recently released video, Futurist Gerd Leonhard delivers his key messages in a powerful and passionate plea for balance between technology and …

Life Sciences

Emerging technology could turn these 9 sci-fi movie plots into reality within a decade

Few cinematic genres capture the imagination like science fiction. But plots that center around traveling to the stars, back in time or even to a …

Science Fiction

This Robot Can Perform 2 Hour Brain Surgery In Just 2.5 Minutes

Blimey.<p>Scientists have developed a drill that is able to perform brain surgery in two and a half minutes, a procedure that otherwise takes humans two hours from start to finish.<p>The team at the University of Utah were inspired by the technology available in the auto machine industry, and wanted to …

University of Utah

How to Imagine Consciousness

In response to:<p><i>Is Consciousness an Illusion?</i> from the March 9, 2017 issue<p><i>To the Editors</i>:<p>Thomas Nagel’s review of <i>From Bacteria to Bach and Back</i> [<i>NYR</i>, …

Neurophilosophy

The Secret to Smart Negotiations Is Simply Empathy

Many people, when they hear about hostage negotiation, shake their heads and say, “Why don’t they just shoot the guy?” But they don’t know the stats. …

Neurophilosophy

Singularity is the Hinge To Swing HPC Cloud Adoption

May 18, 2017 Nicole Hemsoth<p>For almost a decade now, the cloud has been pitched as a cost-effective way to bring supercomputing out of the queue and …

Life Sciences

Why threading matters for Ashes of the Singularity

You face a constant balancing act between features and performance as you build your game. The GPU is the most obvious bottleneck you’ll encounter as you add graphical effects and features to your game, but your game can also become CPU-bound.<p>In addition to the usual CPU loads from game logic, …

Life Sciences

Science is not Sacrosanct and Science Takes Place Within an Orthodox Tradition

Scientists will agree that they obtain information from two sources. The suggestions of previous studies help a new scientific research to identify a …

Consciousness

Meet One of the First Human Cyborgs

WSJ The Future of Everything<p>Meet One of the First Human Cyborgs<p>Meet Emily Borghard, one of the world's first true cyborgs thanks to a chip implanted in her brain. In the not too distant future, there could be millions more like her. These high-tech implants have implications for treating …

Technology

Mobile Game Terminator Genisys: Future War Launches

Mobile gamers who are familiar with the <i>Terminator</i> franchise can now take their robotic conflicts on the go with the release of mobile game developer …

Gaming

Consciousness is not a thing, but a process of inference – Karl Friston

I have a confession. As a physicist and psychiatrist, I find it difficult to engage with conversations about consciousness. My biggest gripe is that …

Neurophilosophy

Google rolls out new ‘smart reply’ machine-learning email software to more than 1 billion Gmail mobile users

A smarter version of Smart Reply (credit: Google Research)<p>Google is rolling out an enhanced version of its “smart reply” machine-learning email …

Ray Kurzweil

U. of I. cancels talk by Nobel laureate after faculty raises concerns about his views on race, intelligence

The University of Illinois has cancelled plans to host a talk by Nobel Laureate James Watson after faculty raised concerns about his discredited views on race and intelligence.<p>Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology director Gene Robinson tells The News-Gazette the center dropped plans to host the …

Neurophilosophy

Elon Musk And Artificial Intelligence Share A Tumultuous Relationship

He may be daring enough to propose colonizing a barren planet with potentially little or no water, but ask him about the future of artificial intelligence, and Elon Musk may just end up losing his cool. In a startling contradiction to Silicon Valley elites Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page, Elon Musk …

Life Sciences

ARM fights paralysis with brain implant chips

ARM teams up with University of Washington researchers for brain-implantable chips<p>ARM has chips on the brain – and wants to put them in our brains to …

The Brain

Mind control brain implants are real. Don't be scared — they could do a lot of good.

The idea of a microchip controlling the human brain might sound dark and dystopian, but these brain implants are more likely to promise a future …

Robotics

Will Humans Ever Evolve Enough to be Able to Live in Space?

While the race to colonize on Mars continues, are we really sure we can survive for this long in space? We know that humans aren’t naturally built to …

Space Station