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AIs, Ethiopian Food and iCog Labs

AIs, Ethiopian Food and iCog Labs

On February 2, 2015 Getnet Asefa, the CEO of iCog Labs, standing under the Azure Sky over the international Airport of Addis Ababa welcomed his guests from Hong Kong, Germany, and England. His exact words were, “Welcome to the era of hi-tech meetings in East Africa”. Until the last few years, it wasn’t even plausible to dream about meetings and seminars on Artificial intelligence or robotics or social movements like ...

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Unequal Access to Technology: What Can We Learn From Smartphones?

Unequal Access to Technology: What Can We Learn From Smartphones?

The smartphone industry has made a remarkable impact on numerous aspects of human life, and can be seen as a foretaste of what might be achieved by emerging new technologies of human enhancement. Core smartphone technology frequently dropped in price, making benefits available to people in all social classes worldwide. But other examples of high tech products suggest disturbing ‘winner takes all’ scenario...

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Cognitive Enhancement and the Future of Work

Cognitive Enhancement and the Future of Work

This theoretical paper draws the scientific community’s attention to how pharmacological cognitive enhancement may impact on society and law. Namely, if safe, reliable, and effective techniques to enhance mental performance are eventually developed, then this may under some circumstances impose new duties onto people in high-responsibility professions—e.g., surgeons or pilots—to use such substances to minimize risks ...

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Krishnamurti on The Singularity

Krishnamurti on The Singularity

A couple of videos of Jiddu Krishnamurti talking about artificial intelligence and the future of humanity have come to my attention and I thought they might also be of interest to h+ Readers.

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