Singularity

Destiny 2: The Curse of Osiris review

I have kind of a thing for the Vex, so when Destiny 2’s first expansion was introduced with – omg – the Vex in it, I was super hyped. THE VEX, YOU …

Destiny 2

The Enchanted Loom | Lewis H. Lapham

<i>The light of the sun and moon cannot be outdistanced, yet mind reaches beyond them. Galaxies are as infinite as grains of sand, yet mind spreads</i> …

Human Genome Project

Humans Run Experiments, a Robot Writes the Paper

In 2014, a researcher in France revealed a disturbing fact about the published scientific literature: At least 120 computer-generated manuscripts had …

Research

An inside look at the world's first nation with a minister for artificial intelligence

Prioritizing the Future<p>From robots that can flawlessly perform backflips to electric cars that can go over 950 km (600 miles) on a single charge, it …

Artificial Intelligence

Robots will definitely take our jobs but they might give us better lives in exchange

There’s a lot of experts talking about AI, most of which want you to know robots will destroy nearly a billion jobs in the next twenty years (give or take a decade). But it’s not all bad, some actually predict the integration of machines into the workforce will <i>create</i> jobs. Let’s focus on those.<p>A …

Robots

Asimov's Laws For Artificial Intelligence

A week and a half ago I was in Berlin for the hub conference. I had the opportunity to speak on a panel about cybersecurity (no surprise there) and shared my views on how countries and corporate entities can work together. I touched on the need for better channels of communication between the …

Artificial Intelligence

San Mateo County officials to take on ‘killer robots’

REDWOOD CITY — San Mateo County is poised to take a stand against what one official views as a looming threat: killer robots.<p>On Tuesday, Supervisor …

Robots

Personalities as Dramatis Personae: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the Self as Author

In a commentary featured in the <i>TLS</i> about a year ago, Galen Strawson argues against what he terms "a fallacy of our age": that "human beings typically …

Psychology

Of Hearts And Minds And The Cognitive Era

Several large-scale organizations have begun to align around a concept known as the “cognitive era.” Based on artificial intelligence and advanced cognitive systems, “cognitive era” technology has the ability to make judgments and form hypotheses based on the synthesis of “big data.”<p>Furthermore, …

Intelligence

The impossibility of intelligence explosion

The basic premise is that, in the near future, a first “seed AI” will be created, with general problem-solving abilities slightly surpassing that of …

Consciousness

Why Intelligent Optimism Is Crucial to Human Progress

There is nothing to be gained from blind optimism. But an optimistic mindset can be grounded in rationality and evidence. It may be hard to believe, …

Peter Diamandis

The AI Paradox: How Computers Will Make Us More Human

<i>By Deepak Chopra, MD</i><p>Various scientific fields over the course of history have hoped to master nature for the benefit of humankind. At the top of the heap right now is artificial intelligence (AI), which has allied itself with the technology of robotics. Between them AI and robotics are having a …

Consciousness

A-Tech Cybernetic Gets Free Demo and New Story Mode Chapter

Developers Xreal Games quietly launched its cyberpunk virtual reality (VR) shooter A-Tech Cybernetic into early access earlier this year, but now the …

Consciousness

What is DNA and How does it Work?

<b>Genetics FAQ and Human Genetics FAQ</b><p>New to the topic of DNA and genetics? Start here with these two FAQs, and learn some basic and fascinating facts …

Molecular Biology

What makes the human mind so special?

Everyone knows what it feels like to have consciousness: It's that self-evident sense of personal awareness, which gives us a feeling of ownership …

Psychology

What Was the Most Influential Photograph in History?

A big question<p><b>John Stanmeyer, photojournalist and co-founder, VII Photo agency</b><p>One image that summarizes our fragility and the need to work for peace is the simple yet poignant <b>photograph of Earth taken by the astronaut William Anders</b> during 1968’s <i>Apollo 8</i> mission.<p><b>Pete Souza, photographer and author,</b> …

Psychology

6 Travel Predictions for 2018

Most of our prophecies for 2017 held up well, so once again we’re looking at the year ahead. Many of these predictions would have seemed implausible …

Ray Kurzweil

11 wild predictions Elon Musk has made about the future

Killer robots, electric jets, and living on Mars.<p>These are just a few of the things that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the future holds.<p>Here's a look at some of his boldest predictions about what's to come.

Elon Musk

10 Artificial Intelligence-Driven Technology Trends for 2018

With 2018 almost here, vendors are wondering where and in what technologies budgets will be spent in the coming months. What once were cutting edge …

Smart Homes

The Downloadable Brain: We’re Closer Than We Think to Immortality

Two millennia ago, a young carpenter appeared in what is now Israel and, in addition to suggesting some guidelines on personal behavior, offered the …

Neurophilosophy

Will artificial intelligence become conscious?

Forget about today’s modest incremental advances in artificial intelligence, such as the increasing abilities of cars to drive themselves. Waiting in …

Copenhagen

The human race has peaked: Scientists warn this is as good as it gets for mankind

The human race has peaked, with mankind reaching its maximum limits for height, lifespan and physical performance, scientists have claimed.<p>Despite …

Consciousness

Getting Intelligent About Artificial Intelligence: 6 Ways Executives Can Start

By Davia Temin, Bruce Molloy, Jayanth Kolla<p>This past June, <i>Fortune Magazine</i> asked all the CEOs of the Fortune 500 what they believed the biggest challenge facing their companies was. Their biggest concern for 2017: “The rapid pace of technological change” said 73% of those polled, up from 64% in …

Artificial Intelligence

Anesthesia Complicates Our Idea of What It Means to Be Human

In trying to get at questions as broad and incalculable as “What is consciousness?” and “What is memory?” it’s difficult to say where to start. Are …

Fashion

Can neuroscience rehabilitate Freud for the age of the brain? – M M Owen

An old therapist of mine had a signed photograph of Sigmund Freud hanging on her wall. A gift from a former patient who had employed forgery skills …

Psychology

The Merge

A popular topic in Silicon Valley is talking about what year humans and machines will merge (or, if not, what year humans will get surpassed by …

Consciousness

Dawn of the New Everything by Jaron Lanier review – virtual reality patter

The techno-sage and Silicon Valley insider sees VR as emancipatory and liberating but what does ‘shared lucid dreaming’ actually mean?<p>I experienced virtual reality for the first time the other day, at a training workshop for university lecturers. When I donned the Oculus Rift – a sleek plastic …

Virtual Reality

‘Not Just A Brain In A Non Existent World’

There is a rather peculiar trait within Western thought, it manifests itself in a psychological need for austerity. Like the pages of an Ikea …

Jane Austen

David Bentley Hart on Daniel Dennett

Every ten years or so, Hart gives Dennett a good drubbing. This time it’s in <i>The New Atlantis</i>.<p>Here, as it happens, lurks the most incorrigibly …

Conservative View

HARMS WAY's New Song "Human Carrying Capacity" Will Force You To Punch Everything

<b>Harm's Way</b> will release its new album <i>Posthuman</i> on February 9, which will also be the band's Metal Blade Records debut. The band's new song "Human …

Consciousness