Singularity

The Way the World Ends: Not with a Bang But a Paperclip

Paperclips, a new game from designer Frank Lantz, starts simply. The top left of the screen gets a bit of text, probably in Times New Roman, and a …

Technology

These science cartoons depict our terrifying and thrilling future

The Future is Coming. . .Soonish<p>The future is both thrilling and terrifying. It’s normal to feel both. That’s especially true in thinking about the …

Augmented Reality

Probing How Americans Think About Mental Life

A new study explores how Americans think about, and categorize, mental life. Most, they report, break 'mental life' into three components, body, …

Consciousness

A Guide to Some of the Biggest Names in Genetics

Pioneers of Genetics is a handy guide to some of the biggest and most important names in the history of genetics. Their imaginations, perseverance, …

Genetics

The Troubled Marriage of Brains and Computers

Neurotechnology could make science fiction dreams a reality. But a pioneer in the field is already sounding alarms<p>By<p>Miguel Nicolelis<p>On June 12, 2014, a young man named Juliano Pinto stood on a field and, as 1.2 billion people looked on, performed the ceremonial first kick of the World Cup in São …

The Brain

ARM chip OG Steve Furber: Turing missed the mark on human intelligence

Ten mice and a million cores are going to prove it"Brains are massively parallel. We each have just under 100 billion neurons inside our heads, all …

Life Sciences

Apple's New Driverless Car May Doom Humanity

The main critique of Apple's new autonomous driving system is it's ugly. It appears to be a bulky rack bolted onto the roof of a car. But now that …

Humor

Ray Kurzweil predicts the exact year singularity will occur

Renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil discusses the Singularity with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Ray Kurzweil

Stunning AI Breakthrough Takes Us One Step Closer to the Singularity

Remember AlphaGo, the first artificial intelligence to defeat a grandmaster at Go? Well, the program just got a major upgrade, and it can now teach …

Artificial Intelligence

Is Pet-Love Caused By A Virus of the Mind?

Is our love of pets caused by metaphorical mental viruses?<p>In a previous post, I argued that we humans are the only animal to bring members of other …

Pets

Is London Just One Giant Game Of SimCity?

Copyright Electronic ArtsRemember SimCity? Alright, the latest iteration in the series wasn't brilliant, but SimCity 3000 is an all time classic, and …

Electronic Arts

Aliens are actually immortal robots, and they’re billions of years old, scientist claims

Sorry, UFO fans, aliens are probably not almond-eyed, elf-like creatures with an unfathomable obsession with sticking probes up people’s bums.<p>British …

Aliens

Mindfulness Apps Aim To Help People Disconnect From Stress

From fires and hurricanes, to confrontational politics — with all that's been going on, it's no wonder the American Psychological Association found an increase in Americans' stress levels over the last year.<p>Our constant checking of smartphones — with the bombardment of news and social media — can …

Happiness

We’ll be able to inject tiny machines to turn ourselves into superhumans within two decades

Within 20 years, people will be injecting tiny machines into their brains and bodies – and becoming superhuman.<p>Storm Brian is here and he's brought …

Life Sciences

5 of the Biggest Questions That Science Can't Answer Yet

While it's reasonable to trust that science will eventually answer our unsolved questions, assuming that it has all of the answers right now is …

Space Science

Collective Intelligence Is the Root of Human Progress

Many of us intuitively think about intelligence as an individual trait. As a society, we have a tendency to praise individual game-changers for …

Emerging Technology

Does Sound Have a Flavor? It Could Be Synesthesia

The term "<b>synesthesia</b>" comes from the Greek words <i>syn</i>, which means "together", and <i>aisthesis</i>, which means "sensation." Synesthesia is a perception in …

The Brain

Humanity's Sci-Fi Future: Are We Really Ready for Intelligent Robots?

NEW YORK — From transporters and lightsabers to spaceships that can travel faster than the speed of light, futuristic devices that lie beyond …

Science Fiction

AI nanobots injected into human body could help repair bones, muscles, enhance brain activities

The technology may become so advanced within the next two decades that it may allow humans to control their surrounds and thoughts.<p>Artificial …

Gear & Gadgets

Computing machinery and intelligence

Computing machinery and intelligence A.M. Turing, <i>MIND 1950</i><p>This is most certainly a classic paper. We’ve all heard of the ‘Turing Test,’ but have you …

Programming

Nonfiction Science Fiction

Do you think civilization is collapsing? Or do you have hope, believing humanity is on the cusp of a new renaissance? Does your attitude towards the …

Life Sciences

The Technological Singularity: Managing the Journey (The Frontiers Collection)

This volume contains a selection of authoritative essays exploring the central questions raised by the conjectured technological singularity. In …

Life Sciences

Viewing The Present Through The Lens of History

<b>We Are the Medieval Ones</b><p>The Singularity will be upon us by 2029<p>The term singularity describes the moment when a civilization changes so much that its …

Emotions

Relive the 2017 GeekWire Summit: Our annual tech conference offers a glimpse into the future

CEOs and executives shared their best practices. Professors and researchers offered their expert opinions. Inventors and entrepreneurs demonstrated …

Science

Ray Kurzweil + Peter Diamandis: Disruptive Technologies, Mind-Boggling Predictions and Dangerous Ideas

Join futurist Ray Kurzweil @<b>KurzweilAINews</b> + @<b>PeterDiamandis</b> webinar on mind-boggling predictions: Oct 13 11:30am PTPeter & Ray will cover …

Life Sciences

6 ways humankind might accidentally bring about the ‘techpocalypse’

Here in 2017, technology’s pretty great. It’s helping us live longer, healthier lives, with more access to education and entertainment, and tools …

Life Sciences

Elon Musk wants to meld the human brain with computers. Here's a realistic timeline.

<i>By James Wu, Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering, Researcher at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, University of Washington, and Rajesh P.</i> …

The Brain

There’s No Fire Alarm for Artificial General Intelligence

What is the function of a fire alarm? One might think that the function of a fire alarm is to provide you with important evidence about a fire …

Mind

Here’s what ends human civilization: The leading contenders to kill us all

Escalating tensions with North Korea have once raised notions of a possible World War Three; an apocalyptic spasm of global violence that could …

Canadian News

Inside the Moonshot Effort to Finally Figure Out the Brain - MIT Technology Review

"Here’s the problem with artificial intelligence today," says David Cox. Yes, it has gotten astonishingly good, from near-perfect facial recognition …

The Brain