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July 9, 2013

In his paper on the technological Singularity, Vernor Vinge outlined several pathways that could lead to superhuman intelligence. The one which gets talked about most often is the 'AI scenario: We create superhuman artificial intelligence (AI) in computers'. In fact, this pathway is referred to so often, it has become synonymous with the Technological Singularity in the minds of a lot of people. This seems a pity, as there are other ways in which the Singularity could be brought about and we aught to be aware of these alternative routes to superintelligence.

May 29, 2013

The garden is the future of ubiquitous computing, where the computer will be made invisible, made to disappear into the garden itself.

June 25, 2012

It’s a dilemma. Information really DOES want to be free on the Net. But, content creators also need to get paid! What’s the solution? It’s pretty simple, I think: Embed the making of micro-donations to content creators, directly into the media consumption experience….

May 29, 2012

The term telepresence has often been used to describe one of the largest benefits of instant media. In the earlier parts of the 20th century, long distance communication was remarkable enough, but the multi-medial character of the internet has brought about the ability to project ourselves instantly into other people’s lives in an even more remarkable way.

April 9, 2012

It is easy to miss the Internet Renaissance that is happening around us. Because it grows gradually by the day, it is like the proverbial frog in the pot who doesn’t feel the water warming up around him.

April 3, 2012

The core belief of transhumanism is that human beings can be biologically and physically improved through radical technologies. Transhumanist meditation means that human intelligence could be augmented by technology either through amplification or through connectivity, allowing humans to transcend physical limits.

January 21, 2012

The universal forces of evolution have acted on organisms to create e.g. metazoan multicelluarity and its attendant specialization of cells, tissues, and organs. Similarly, human social roles are differentiated, and there are many specialized human "organs".

November 17, 2011

24 talks from the recent Singularity Summit conference in New York City are online at the SingularitySummits YouTube channel. Topics include robotics, economics, technology, artificial intelligence, and more.

November 16, 2011

DARPA, the Pentagon's advanced concepts think-tank, is looking to take propaganda to the next level and they're hoping to do so by controlling the very way their targets perceive and interpret the flow of incoming information. The Pentagon believes that by engaging in 'narrative control' they can alter an individual's grasp on reality and the way in which they evaluate current events. Simply put, DARPA is looking to shape minds with stories.

September 19, 2011

More than 80 transhumanist avatars stormed the virtual world of Second Life for a community event organized by Humanity+ on September 15. This has been by far the largest virtual transhumanist event that I have seen, and I believe I have seen them all. Two or three years ago the Second Life system would have been slowed down to a halt by 80 participants, but now everything worked without a glitch: virtual reality technology has evolved, and transhumanists want to bring the same fast evolution to RL (Second Life slang for “Real Life.”)

Ben Goertzel and Hugo de Garis
January 18th, 2011

Ben Goertzel converses with Hugo de Garis on his transhumanist argument for the reality of a Creator.

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