Singularity

SoftBank’s big plan for a smarter internet is brilliant

Masayoshi Son doesn’t do anything small nor does he do things in a simple way.<p>A few months ago SoftBank Group 9984, -0.24% announced that it would be raising $100 billion to invest in Son’s vision of the singularity. (That is more than the capital of the entire venture capital industry.)<p>Singularity …

Technology

We Should Be as Scared of Artificial Intelligence as Elon Musk Is

Elon Musk recently commented on Twitter (twtr) that artificial intelligence (AI) is more dangerous than North Korea. It’s not the first time that the …

Artificial Intelligence

New Tech Is Giving Humanity Many Potential Paths to Immortality

The 2045 Movement and Four Routes to Immortality<p>Herodotus’s Fountain of Youth. Rowling’s Philosopher’s Stone. Barrie’s Neverland. Ovid’s Cumaean …

The Future

What are the ethical implications of intimate human-robot relationships?

Machines are being used to streamline everything from cleaning to medicine, but can they help ease loneliness in an increasingly isolated …

Robots

Transhumanism Is Not Libertarian, It’s an Abomination

Last week in TAC, Zoltan Istvan wrote about “The Growing World of Libertarian Transhumanism” linking the transhumanist movement with all of its …

Conservative View

We all need to forget, even robots

We all know what it’s like to forget something. A loved one’s birthday. A childhood memory. Even people capable of extraordinary memory feats – say, …

Ray Kurzweil

‘Singularity Black’: Blackest Paint Absorbs Most Light, Makes Objects Look Flat

[Click here to view the video in this article] <br>‘Singularity Black’ is a solvent-based paint full of carbon nanotubes that absorb almost all light, …

Life Sciences

Why the singularity is certain to happen in my own lifetime (Futurist Gerd Leonhard)

I recently came to an important realisation: I will most likely see the so-called Singularity happen <i>in my own lifetime</i>. I’m 56, at this time, and I …

Life Sciences

Automation may take our jobs—but it’ll restore our humanity

For humans to survive the automation revolution, we need to double down on our humanity.<p>The argument goes like this: Artificial intelligence is getting better and better at automating things that humans do. Not just repetitive tasks like assembling parts in a factory, but complex tasks that have …

Intelligence

From Isaac Asimov to Aimee Mann, 'robophobia' plagues humans

CINCINNATI (AP) — Robots are secretly plotting to kill us. Or enslave us. Or, at best, they will take our jobs, one by one.<p>From science fiction written by Isaac Asimov eight decades ago to "Dilbert" cartoons today, the relationship between robots and humans has long fascinated — and worried — …

Robots

Posthuman - Against The Clock

<b>This is acid.</b><p>London duo Posthuman were at the forefront of the 303 revival long before it was fashionable. They’ve been making acid techno since 2001 …

Music

Are Asimov's laws enough to stop AI stomping humanity?

<i>Blade Runner</i>, the film inspired by Philip K Dick's book <i>Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?</i>, is 35 years old this year.<p>Set in a dystopian Los …

Isaac Asimov

Elon Musk Is Wrong Again. AI Isn’t More Dangerous Than North Korea.

Elon Musk's recent remark on Twitter that artificial intelligence (AI) is more dangerous than North Korea is based on his bedrock belief in the power …

Elon Musk

Big Free Update For PC RTS Ashes Of The Singularity: Escalation Detailed

A big patch and free DLC are on the way to Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, developer Stardock announced today. The 2.4 update arrives next week.<p>2.4 improves and addresses a huge number of areas. The menus and UI have been reworked, difficulty has been adjusted for all three campaigns and …

Life Sciences

Elon Musk Reminds Us of the Possible Dangers of Unregulated AI

“The Machines Will Win”<p>Late Friday night, Elon Musk tweeted a photo reigniting the debate over AI safety. The tongue-in-cheek post contained a …

Ray Kurzweil

Even The Greatest Ideas Start Out As Napkin Doodles

You've seen it in movies. The downtrodden protagonist, down on his luck, mindlessly scrawls some squiggles on his bar tab as he gives into …

Neurophilosophy

If a microchip can help you hear, why shouldn’t a chip in your brain help you think?

My last Border Collie, a sweet little rescue dog, had a chip implant that could identify her if she got lost. A vet equipped with the right …

North Carolina

Get a Live Look Inside Singularity University’s Global Summit This Week

Singularity University’s (SU) second annual Global Summit begins today in San Francisco, and the Singularity Hub team will be there to give you a …

Singularity University

If you upload your mind to a computer, are you immortal or just a bot?

Immortality has gone secular. Unhooked from the realm of gods and angels, it’s now the subject of serious investment—both intellectual and financial—by philosophers, scientists, and the Silicon Valley set. Several hundred people have already chosen to be “cryopreserved” in preference to simply …

The Brain

Richard Dawkins on artificial intelligence, agnosticism, and utopia

Evolutionary biologist and "passionate rationalist" Richard Dawkins has a new anthology of essays out today, titled Science in the Soul. Over at …

Atheism

Elon Musk: Artificial Intelligence Is More Dangerous Than North Korea

Elon Musk, hellbent on progressing the technological feats of humankind including artificial intelligence, would like you to know that artificial …

North Korea

Movie Review – Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (1991)

<b>Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D</b>, 1991.<p>Directed by James Cameron.<br>Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Joe Morton, and Robert …

Movies

THE BEADY EYE ASKS: WHO WANTS TO LIVE IN A WORLD RUN BY GOOGLE .

( A Twenty minute read)<p>We might not yet be living in a world that is run by Google but the way we are accepting artificial intelligence algorithms we …

Intelligence

18 things you really ought to know about Northamptonshire

From George Washington and Frances Crick to the Gunpowder Plot and Formula 1, you'll love our Northamptonshire trivia.<p>The Gunpowder Plot was hatched …

Neurophilosophy

DARPA is Working on Enhancing Human Senses with Computers

Repairing and Enhancing<p>The U.S. Department of Defense is moving forward with its work on brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), with the Defense Advanced …

U.S. Department of Defense

Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?

Should we fear artificial intelligence?<p>If you watch films and TV shows, in which AI has been exploited to create any number of apocalyptic scenarios, the answer might be yes. After watching <i>Blade Runner</i> or <i>The Matrix</i> or, as a more recent example, <i>Ex Machina</i>, it’s easier to understand why AI touches …

Ray Kurzweil

The simple brain test that can predict risk of death in older people

It is not reaction time alone, but rather how variable that reaction time is that can indicate a greater risk of death among older people, …

Australian News

Immortality: Silicon Valley’s latest obsession ushers in the transhumanist era | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

Zoltan Istvan is launching his campaign to become Libertarian governor of the American state of California with two signature policies. First, he’ll …

News (China)

When will the human race die out (and how will it happen)?

With the world seemingly circling the plug hole at the moment *cough*Brexit*Trump*DavidBowieDying*cough* you could be forgiven for thinking that …

19th Century

Neuroscience News wrote a new post, 'Ego Dissolving' Psychedelic Drugs Could Assist With Mental Health, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: A new study in Neuroscience of Consciousness adds weight to previous findings about the potential benefits psychedelics could have for …

Neurophilosophy