Singularity

‘Seat 14C’ short stories imagine a 20-year time warp – and now you can hop right in

Imagine you’re a passenger on a jet that mysteriously time warps to the year 2037: That’s what a team of world-class science-fiction writers did for …

Margaret Atwood

Scientists Now Believe the Universe Itself May Be Conscious

<b>(</b><b>ANTIMEDIA</b><b>)</b> – You don’t have to look far to find outlandish theories on the nature of the cosmos and human consciousness. These days, notions once …

Neurophilosophy

Effective Altruism Says You Can Save the Future by Making Money

This new philosophy toward charitable giving claims to be driven by data and science.<p>There is no contradiction in claiming that, as Steven Pinker argues, the world is getting better in many important respects and <i>also</i> that the world is a complete mess. Sure, your chances of being murdered may be …

Life Sciences

The one law of robotics: Humans must flourish

<b>The science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov wrote about controlling intelligent machines with the three laws of robotics:</b><p>A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm<br>• A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would …

Intelligence

There's A Revolution Happening In Tech For The Blind

Apps are linking visually impaired people to sighted volunteers as assistive technology enters a new era of connectivity<p>“Connected to other part,” my …

Ray Kurzweil

The Americans Who Stick Gadgets Under Their Skin

'Grinders,' a new photo book from Hannes Wiedemann, gives a behind-the-scenes look at American biohackers.<p><b>This article contains graphic images that may be unsuitable for some readers.</b><p>Bloody ears and fleshy cross-sections in makeshift operating rooms around the United States weren't enough to phase …

Should AI have human rights?

At Cannes last week, Publicis Groupe chief executive Arthur Sadoun said he would be fine if the company’s new artificial intelligence (AI) platform, …

Life Sciences

Humans reach for godhood — and leave their humanity behind

Much analysis of Yuval Noah Harari’s brilliant new book, “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow,” focuses on the harrowing dystopia he anticipates. In this vision, a small, geeky elite gains the ability to use biological and cyborg engineering to become something beyond human. It may “upgrade …

Opinion

Tourette Syndrome Patient: My Life With a Brain Implant

Before she had a piece of electronics implanted in her brain to treat her Tourette’s syndrome, Kayley Thorpe says her life could be horrifyingly …

The Brain

"The Real Threat of AI"

Kai-Fu Lee has an interesting opinion piece in yesterday's NYT: –"The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence":What worries you about the coming world …

Intelligence

Ray Kurzweil Has a Prediction About Linking Our Brains to the Cloud

Once we eventually figure out how to connect our brains to computers, most thinking will happen in our synthetic computer brains, futurist Ray …

Ray Kurzweil

The 3 Laws of Robotics

As a high school student, I started reading some of Isaac Asimov’s short stories and novels. One of the most prolific Science Fiction writers ever, …

Robots

Corpus callosum: Function and disorders

The corpus callosum connects the left side of the brain to the right side, each side being known as a hemisphere. The connection allows information …

Neurophilosophy

Ethereum Set to Eclipse Bitcoin, Only Question is When

How likely is it that Ethereum takes over Bitcoin

Ray Kurzweil

Alan Turing: Life, Interrupted

Alan Turing was undoubtedly one of the greatest intellects of the 20th century. In January, <i>Nature</i> called him “one of the top scientific minds of all …

Neurophilosophy

Why We're Probably Living in a Computer Simulation

Philosopher Nick Bostrom published a rather convincing argument in 2003 that insisted that we’re probably living in a computer simulation. Read it …

Multiverse

Amputees control avatar by imagining moving their missing limbs

Even after losing a limb, brain activity associated with imagined movements can be read by an fMRI brain scanner and used to control a computer …

The Brain

MIT grads are already taking Tim Cook's graduation advice

View photos<p>More<p>Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, futurist Ray …

Ray Kurzweil

11 books on science Bill Gates thinks everyone should read

For decades, Bill Gates made billions in technology. Now he's spending that money on fighting disease and climate change. It's no wonder the man …

Books

Designing Impact for the Far Future

<i>This article was contributed by the Stiftung für Effektiven Altruismus and originally appeared here.</i><p>Most charities focus their work on helping …

Intelligence

Ray Kurzweil: Here’s What Will Happen When We Connect Our Brains to the Cloud

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, thinker, and futurist famous for forecasting the pace of technology and predicting the world of tomorrow. In this video, …

Ray Kurzweil

How a political battle became a rallying cry for Canada’s trans community

By Mercedes Allen on Jun 22, 2017<p>Canada’s trans human rights bill C-16 has, finally, become the law of the land.<p>To get there, the bill endured a 12-year-long struggle to drag the issue out from the shadows, endure a gauntlet of manufactured controversies, and through Canada’s arcane rules of …

LGBTQ

This AI camera is built to think like the human brain

A new AI camera can mimic signaling patterns of the human brain, reports Scientific American.<p>The camera's photo sensors are like a pair of eyes that …

Humanity

Quick-Thinking AI Camera Mimics the Human Brain

The device will use artificial neurons and synapses to improve self-driving vehicle and drone performance

Programming

[ARTICLE] Changes in arm-hand function and arm-hand skill performance in patients after stroke during and after rehabilitation – Full Text

Abstract<p>Background<p>Arm-hand rehabilitation programs applied in stroke rehabilitation frequently target specific populations and thus are less …

The Brain

The war to create the singularity

One of the great current dramas is the global competition for artificial intelligence: machines that will think for themselves and, one day, many …

Life Sciences

Bill Nye Disses Ray Kurzweil's Singularity Prediction

On Wednesday, Bill Nye said that he is not afraid that machines will take over and mocked Ray Kurzweil’s predictions for how fast artificial …

Ray Kurzweil

Stephen Hawking wants humanity to leave Earth as soon as possible

Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has been extremely vocal in recent months about his feelings that humanity needs to get off of Earth as soon as possible. With a troubled climate, ever growing population, and mounting risks of apocalypse at our own hands, Hawking has taken the stance that …

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking Thinks It’s Time For Humans To Leave Earth, Or Else

Hoping for some good news about the future of mankind on Earth from Stephen Hawking? You won’t find it. The theoretical physicist has cautioned multiple times that a disaster happening to the planet is a “near certainty in the next thousand or ten thousand years,” and we can’t “survive another …

Stephen Hawking

How Real-Life Bionic Man's 'Eyeborg' Cam Represents First Step Toward Singularity

Just like the Bionic Man, Rob Spence has a prosthetic eye. But instead of fighting crime, he uses it to make films. Rather than use a GoPro or …

Hollywood