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Cities on the Edge

Cities on the Edge

H+: So what is “Cities on the Edge”? Waldemar: Cities on the Edge is a sourcebook for the role-playing game Transhuman Space, published by Steve Jackson Games and written by noted transhumanist Anders Sandberg and I. The primary purpose of the book is to give Transhuman Space players good entertainment, but some of the best entertainment also makes you think about important issues. We also wanted to make the...

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Improviso Game

Collective AI: A Conversation with MIT’s Jeff Orkin

You’re the director in an ultra-low-budget movie set around an alien encounter. You select scenes, summon special effects, and play the supporting cast members: G-Man, Scientist, Alien, and Little Girl. Your lead actor Ted is a struggling reporter who wakes up tied-up on an alien spaceship. What do you do? You improvise.

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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, consider a group of ...

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Music and Machines: Highlights from the MIT Media Lab

Music and Machines: Highlights from the MIT Media Lab

I recently attended “Music | Machines: 50 Years of Music and Technology @ MIT,” part of MIT’s ongoing Festival of Art + Science + Technology (FAST). One of the most interesting demonstrations was the iPhone Guitar by Rob Morris of the MIT Media Lab. Basically, he makes use of the iPhone’s accelerometer as an input for special effects. The iPhone is attached to the guitar, so that certain gestu...

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Adding Our Way to Abundance

Adding Our Way to Abundance

How 3D Printing Will Obsolete the Economy of Scarcity and the Corporations that Rely On It. One concept you'll be hearing about a lot in the next decade is Additive Manufacturing....

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Kinect: A Powerful Interface Between our World and the Virtual

If you remember my very first article on H+, you might remember this quote: “With the upcoming release of “Project Natal”, the Emotiv Epoc neural headset, a variety of video glasses such as Limus’s see-through glasses, and a computer or console game, basic virtual reality is now a reality.”

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From iPhone to iBrain: Ben Goertzel Chats with (Humanity+ Director and Mobile App Designer) Amy Li  about the Transhuman Future

From iPhone to iBrain: Ben Goertzel Chats with (Humanity+ Director and Mobile App Designer) Amy Li about the Transhuman Future

The 80s brought us the personal computer, the 90s brought us the Internet and the ubiquitous mobile phone.  Following up these wonders, one of the breakthroughs of the 00’s has been the smartphone.  Bringing the mobile phone and the Net together yields something more than the sum of its parts – for many users the smartphone is almost an extension of the mind and body, an extra organ dealing...

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Humanity+ @ CalTech, Dec 4-5 2010: Redefining the Future of Humanity

Humanity+ @ CalTech, Dec 4-5 2010: Redefining the Future of Humanity

It’s been my privilege, over the last month, to help out with organizing the next Humanity+ conference, which will be at CalTech’s Beckman Institute Dec 4-5.  So I wanted to take the chance, in this article, to introduce just a handful of the extraordinarily interesting talks that we’ll be bringing you. Of course all the talks and demonstrations we have planned for the conference are awe...

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A Step Towards Idoru?

Hatsune Miku is a completely virtual Japanese pop star. She began as a piece of music software powered by Yamaha’s VOCALOID technology that takes text input and converts it into synthesized singing. Developed by Crypton Future Media, the virtual singer with a cartoon face began to take on new life as fans remixed her music, created videos, and propagated their own drawings of the anime-ish idol.

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More Famous than Lady Gaga

Since winning the Loebner prize, Suzette has donned sun glasses and become increasing reclusive. Not that she completely shuns the paparazzi - as virtual worlds reporter Hamlet Au (James Wagner Au) recently discovered.  

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