Sign In

Remember Me

Toys & Tools

What If A New Technology Forces Everyone to be Honest?

2016 presidential candidate Bob Glitch is preaching to the Republican Party faithful: "With God as my witness, we're going to bring morality and family values back to America and we're going to turn back the homosexual agenda…" Anonymous member Bob Dobbometer joins the cheering throng, raising his fist in the air and points his magnetic truth ring right at the candidate. Glitch continues. "I have nothing against h...

Read More »

MIMD GPUs for Scalable Graph Analysis: The Next Computer Hardware Revolution?

The human brain is a massively parallel processor — each of its 100 billion-plus neurons is processing data all the time, and responding if appropriate. By contrast, today’s default computer architecture is highly serial — our processors operate, by and large, one step at a time. Certain types of operations that are slow for brain cells are extremely fast for today’s computer processors, enabling our computers to do ...

Read More »

The Future of Brain Workouts

For thousands of years, humans have strived to move beyond the limits of their own minds through education, philosophy and meditation. Cognitive neuroscientists like myself are trying to turn such aspirations into reality by applying knowledge of neuroplasticity and cognition to cognitive training programs. Millions of people use their income to buy cognitive training games. This trend will continue as new discoverie...

Read More »
The Luxurious Ambiguity of Intelligence in Hyperconnectivity

The Luxurious Ambiguity of Intelligence in Hyperconnectivity

The cyborgization process of becoming in which we presently take part has a long history and a very likely and highly plausible future. This will include an array of options for radically enhancing our bodies and minds. However, the cyborgization of our civilization is a multilayered, multidimensional progression that can be parsed in many ways, one of which is the hyper-connected, virtualized enmeshed reality alread...

Read More »
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...

Read More »
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.

Read More »
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 ...

Read More »
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...

Read More »
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....

Read More »

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.”

Read More »