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Archives March 2011 - h+ Magazine

Reduction Considered Harmful

Reduction Considered Harmful

The goal of any science and engineering education is to give the student the ability to “perform Reduction”. Some of you may not be familiar with this term, but you have all done it. It is the most commonly used process in science and engineering and we tacitly assume we will use it at every opportunity. Therefore there has been little need to discuss Reduction as a topic outside of epistemology a...

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Seeking the Sputnik of AGI

Seeking the Sputnik of AGI

A couple months after I (Ben Goertzel) interviewed my good friend and sometime research collaborator Hugo de Garis on some of his wilder theoretical ideas, he suggested it would be interesting to play a role-reversal game and ask ME some interview questions – about my AGI research and my views on the future of humanity and intelligence. His questions were good ones and so I happily obliged!

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Transhumanism, Meet Humanism: Leon Battista Alberti’s Vision

Transhumanism, Meet Humanism: Leon Battista Alberti’s Vision

“Men can do all things if they will.” It might almost be a motto for Humanity+ itself. But it was written by Leon Battista Alberti, a fifteenth-century Italian polymath whose interests would have seemed equally at home in the twenty-first. An architect, artist, and philosopher, he was also a cryptographer who invented the first polyalphabetic cipher, and he made the first scientific study of ...

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Telomeres, Telomerase and Aging

Telomeres, Telomerase and Aging

One reads a lot about the role of telomeres in aging, as well as other biomedical phenomena like stress and various diseases. But what exactly are telomeres? Why are they so important? What is the evidence they may be helpful for increasing healthy lifespan?

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Eureqa! Signs of the Singularity?

Eureqa! Signs of the Singularity?

What will cause the Singularity? The most common theory revolves around Artificial General Intelligence. But while Strong AI could well play a part in causing a Singularity, it should not be thought of as the only route to an intelligence explosion. Broadly speaking, a Singularity can occur when there is a closed loop between technological improvement and an increase in intelligence. For example, ...

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Future Foglets of the Hive Mind

Future Foglets of the Hive Mind

The concept of utility fog – flying, intercommunicating nanomachines that dynamically shape themselves into assorted configurations to serve various roles and execute multifarious tasks – was introduced by nanotech pioneer Josh Storrs Hall in 1993. Recently in H+ Magazine, Hall pointed out that swarm robots are the closest thing we have to utility fog. This brings the concept a little bit closer t...

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Building and Growing Transhumanist Communities

Building and Growing Transhumanist Communities

Transhumanists are still human, and we still have basic human needs. This blog post summarizes the literature on personal happiness, and the only factors which correlate to any degree are genetics, health, work satisfaction, and social life - which actually gets listed three separate times as social activity, relationship satisfaction and religiosity. Transhumanists tend to be less socially adept ...

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Rejuvenate Your Cells by Growing New Mitochondria

Rejuvenate Your Cells by Growing New Mitochondria

In an unprecedented breakthrough, a compound has been discovered that promotes the growth of new mitochondria structures within aging cells. In this article, you will discover how this novel compound can help reverse cellular aging by activating genes that stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis, which means the generation of new mitochondria.

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The Future And You: An Interview by Extropia DaSilva and Stephen Euin Cobb

The Future And You: An Interview by Extropia DaSilva and Stephen Euin Cobb

On a personal level, I most look forward to becoming a person in a real rather than an imaginary sense. To that end, I am keenly interested in artificial intelligence going beyond the level where it can ace the Turing test (and is accepted as a mind with a level of general intelligence at least as broad as a human mind) and reaching a stage where it is possible to create a specific mind. Kind of a...

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