Singularity

Matt Eagles: how a brain implant gave a Parkinson's patient back his life

After being diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s at the age of eight, Matt Eagles now manages the disease with deep brain stimulation. A battery-operated brain implant delivers an electrical pulse to a particular area of the brain to bypass the part that isn’t working. He now works to raise …

The Brain

Is anything real? And if not, whose dream are we in? Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the mystery of consciousness

<i>In his new book From Bacteria to Bach and Back, atheist philosopher Daniel Dennett wonders how human consciousness arose</i>– <i>and what it's for. Jane O'Grady examines his case</i><p>Water is H2O, heat is the movement of molecules, and in time, claim some philosophers and scientists, we will similarly be able …

Neurophilosophy

A serious assessment of the Technological Singularity

Will the ongoing acceleration of technology result in a “technological singularity”?<p>Eminent thinkers such as John von Neumann, Alan Turing, Vernor …

Life Sciences

Human consciousness - how did it start

by Julian Baggini<p>In the story of Western modernity, science plays the role of both hero and villain – saviour and nemesis. The tension is captured in …

Neurophilosophy

Kurzweil claims singularity will happen by 2045

<b>Predictions by Ray Kurzweil</b>Ray Kurzweil, a director of engineering at Google, is a well-known futurist with a track record for accurate …

Ray Kurzweil

You Can Correct This Robot's Mistakes Using Only Your Mind

Technology is amazing, but it has its downsides. When new stuff comes out, it takes time to learn how to use it—we're still not entirely sure how …

Robots

Future of Learning – SingularityU – Medium

6 Tips on the Future of Learning from Actual Teenage Exponential Thinkers<p>6 Tips on the Future of Learning from Actual Teenage Exponential Th...What …

Singularity University

From Automation To Empathy, AI Dominated The SXSW Conversation

Beyond the political underpinning, the fake news agenda and the plethora of VR experiences, the one technology to really know about while at SXSW in Austin this year, was artificial intelligence (AI). That sentence has to be taken with a pinch of salt, because it’s almost impossible to think of AI …

Ray Kurzweil

The man has many talents.

The upcoming issues of the <i>New Yorker</i> includes a lengthy and excellent profile of philosopher <b>Daniel Dennett</b> by <b>Joshua Rothman</b>.<p>While most articles about …

Neurophilosophy

To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death

author |Mark O'Connell<p>year published |2017<p>Transhumanism—defined here as “a liberation movement advocating nothing less than a total emancipation from …

Life Sciences

Yuval Noah Harari: ‘Homo sapiens as we know them will disappear in a century or so’

The visionary historian, author of two dazzling bestsellers on the state of mankind, takes questions from Lucy Prebble, Arianna Huffington, Esther Rantzen and a selection of our readers<p>Last week, on his Radio 2 breakfast show, Chris Evans read out the first page of <i>Sapiens</i>, the book by the Israeli …

Arianna Huffington

This Is What Happens When We Debate Ethics in Front of Superintelligent AI

Is there a uniform set of moral laws, and if so, can we teach artificial intelligence those laws to keep it from harming us? This is the question …

Artificial Intelligence

Science says your dog is lying to you for food. Bad doggie.

When your pooch gives you those sad puppy dog eyes, don’t you want to just give them the world? But wait a second. According to new research, dogs …

Dogs

Cracking the Brain’s Codes

How does the brain speak to itself?<p>In <i>What Is Life?</i> (1944), one of the fundamental questions the physicist Erwin Schrödinger posed was whether there …

Neurophilosophy

Dream Tweets And Hackneyed iPad Androids: Artist JIllian Mayer Interprets The Technological Singularity - Creators

Jillian Mayer's new solo show <i>Precipice/Postmodem</i> probes the concept of technological singularity, the theoretical moment in time when the boundary between human and machine, brain and computer disappears. But Mayer, known for her irreverent viral videos (like <i>I Am Your Grandma</i>) explores the concept …

Art

The brain on a chip: As Moore’s law ends, brain-like computers begin

<b>How to build computers that directly mimic in silicon what the brain does in flesh and blood.</b><p>For five decades, Moore’s law held up pretty well: …

Life Sciences

Amazon can judge your daily outfit choices

Amazon has a new perk exclusively for Prime members. The latest version of the e-commerce titan's app comes with a feature called "Outfit Compare" under the "Programs and Features" section, where you'd usually find all its newest offerings. Since its purpose is to compare two different OOTDs, you'd …

Amazon

Is Evolution Yielding to Newer "Algorithmic Forces"?

1. “The 21st century will be dominated by algorithms,” says Yuval Harari. That makes “‘algorithm’ arguably the single most important concept in our …

Neurophilosophy

Nanowire retinal implant could restore sight with better resolution

Advances in bionic eyes over the past few decades have given blind and visually impaired people new hope of restoring some of their vision. Now …

Cyborgs

The Singularity: US Navy calls on gamers to help it plan for the rise of the machines

'Technology has advanced to the point that we can see the Singularity on the horizon,' Dr. Eric Gulovsen said.<p>The US Navy is calling on gamers to …

Life Sciences

Google Director's Push for Computers Inside Human Brains Is 'Anti-Christ,' 'Human Rights Abuse,' Theologians Explain

Google's director of engineering is saying implanting computers "inside our brains" is upon us, words theologians and Christian bioethicists consider …

Ray Kurzweil

The Nature of Robots (draft)

“Utopia” is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “ a real place which is perceived or imagined as perfect,” and it’s clear from <i>Metropolis</i>’ two …

Science Fiction

Transhumanism Is the Next Step in Human Evolution

The Body Hacking Convention in Austin, Texas took place a few months ago. It brought together a collection of people who share in the idea of using …

Cyborgs

Expert Says Humans Will All Become Sexy Half-Robots By The Year 2029

The internet says we are going to turn into smart, sexy robots by the year 2029. And you know this has to be true because the this info comes from a …

Ray Kurzweil

3 Tech Advances That Will Make The 'Matrix' Reboot Boring AF

Hollywood executives have looked at the red pill and the blue pill and decided to swallow the one that will give them the most cash: Plans for a …

Elon Musk

The Entrepreneur with the $100 Million Plan to Link Brains to Computers

Tech big shots are charging into neuroscience, but do they even have a clue?<p>Entrepreneur Bryan Johnson says he wanted to become very rich in order to …

The Brain

4 Crazy Predictions About the Future of Creativity by Ray Kurzweil

The futurist has some wild ideas about where artificial intelligence is going.<p>Futurist (and current director of engineering at Google) Ray Kurzweil has made a lot of predictions about the future--and many of them have come true. In his 1990 book <i>The Age of Intelligent Machines</i>, Kurzweil foresaw …

Ray Kurzweil

Beyond our five senses: Cyborg Nest's implants can make you part-machine

The North Sense implant vibrates when you're facing in a northerly direction<p>Moon Ribas can feel earthquakes. Thanks to a small vibrating sensor embedded above her elbow, the Barcelona-based artist can immediately detect seismic activity - no matter where she is in the world. "I knew that, with …

Cyborgs

Dueling Robots Controlled by Left and Right Brainwaves

<i>Split Brain Robotics</i> is an interactive art project by San Francisco artist Kal Spelletich, in which a pair of custom-built robots are able to plug …

Robots

What's so great about making mistakes? - David Didau

To err is human<p>Alexander Pope<p>Making mistakes is an inevitable part of life. We’re all wrong about something at some point. Obviously contending with …

American Philosophy