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Why does culture sometimes evolve via sudden bursts of innovation?

Why does culture sometimes evolve via sudden bursts of innovation?

Human beings inherit many genetic traits directly from their parents. However, cultural traits – tools, beliefs and behaviors that are transmitted by learning – can be passed on not only by parents but also teachers and peers. Many animals have learned behaviors, but people are uniquely good at building on existing knowledge to innovate further. This capacity, known as cumulative culture, was capt...

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A Logic Named Joe

A Logic Named Joe

A Logic Named Joe is one of the earliest fictional examples of a dangerous emergent artificial intelligence.

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Get Ilia Stambler’s book, “A History of Life-extensionism in the Twentieth Century”, for Free

Get Ilia Stambler’s book, “A History of Life-extensionism in the Twentieth Century”, for Free

Ilia Stambler’s book,  “A History of Life-extensionism in the Twentieth Century” –  is now freely available from his site, in html and pdf formats for a limited time only. The paper book also has been reduced in price to make it more available for placing at university and community libraries, from Amazon. Illia writes, “I hope this book will provide a valuable resource on life-extensi...

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The Three Epochs of Humanity

The Three Epochs of Humanity

In these rapidly changing times the visions of the future fluctuate between a dystopian scenario of a rapid rise in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the demise of humanity as we know it to a more utopian view of a happy marriage between developing Artificial Intelligence, human augmentation, nanotechnology and the human species.

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