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In Conversation: Ron Kaplan of Nuance Communications

In Conversation: Ron Kaplan of Nuance Communications

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I recently got together with Ron Kaplan who is a well known artificial intelligence researcher in the area of natural language processing. The conversation ranges near and far covering AI risks and the recent news about a chatbot passing the Turing Test, whether it is ridiculous to suggest that Siri is a conscious being, reflective c...

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Video Friday: David Pearce on H.G. Wells’ Utopia

Video Friday: David Pearce on H.G. Wells’ Utopia

Intuitively, one might indeed suppose that lifelong bliss would make us weak. Contrast, for instance, the Eloi with the Morlocks in H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. In practice, the opposite is true. “That which does not crush me makes me stronger,” said Nietzsche, but the best way to make ourselves stronger short of becoming cyborgs is to amplify our pleasure circuitry and enhance ...

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I Get Serious with R.U. Sirius — Part 1

I Get Serious with R.U. Sirius — Part 1

"I would say that transhumanism as an ism -- or a belief system -- is probably about the right of individuals and, possibly, the human species as a whole (or large groups therefrom) to self-enhance and to engage in an experiment in self-directed evolution, in a literal sense."

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