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Between Chimp-Pig and Superman

Between Chimp-Pig and Superman

We humans share a lot of DNA with chimps and other primates, so there’s no real doubt we reside fairly close to these other creatures on the evolutionary tree. But yet, there are some major gaps in the standard story of how primates transitioned into humans. I’ve recently become aware of a novel, eerily compelling, hypothesis that – if accepted – would appear to fill these gaps quite nicely.

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CRUX: Ramez Naam’s new novel continues his SF masterwork Nexus

CRUX: Ramez Naam’s new novel continues his SF masterwork Nexus

(Meta-comment: This is a quick, non-spoiler review….) When I read it last year, Ramez Naam’s novel Nexus fairly blew me away – I’d rate it one of the best SF novels I’ve read in years.   The core concept – a programmable “drug” called Nexus that lets you introspect and reprogram your brain via Linux-like commands – was fleshed out in an impressively plausible way, drawing heavily on the author’s s...

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Humanity+ @ Beijing

Humanity+ @ Beijing

On Saturday July 27, the Jintai Art Museum provided a beautiful venue for Humanity+@Beijing, the first conference in Beijing to focus on the implications of radical technological advance for the future of humanity. Over 60 attendees joined a roster of Chinese and Western speakers for a wide-ranging exploration of the future.

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Robot Toddlers and Fake AI 4 Year Olds

Robot Toddlers and Fake AI 4 Year Olds

At the same time as my OpenCog and GENI Lab collaborators are running an Indieogogo crowdfunding campaign aimed at raising funds to create a robot toddler, by using OpenCog to control a Hanson Robokind robot…

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Humanity+ @ Beijing: July 27, 2013

Humanity+ @ Beijing: July 27, 2013

There is a huge amount of exciting science and technology development happening in Asia. Come share futurist ideas with Asian and Western technology pioneers at Humanity+ @ Beijing, at the Jin Tai Art Museum on Saturday July 27, 2013.

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Giving Everyone a Million Dollar Education

Giving Everyone a Million Dollar Education

By a million dollar education I mean the quality of education that would be obtainable if students had a million dollars to spend on conventional text books. The internet now allows books and journal articles to be downloaded for free using file sharing sites and the conversion of paper format documents into electronic format documents using scanners with optical character recognition software, so...

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Goertzel Contra Dvorsky on Mind Uploading

Goertzel Contra Dvorsky on Mind Uploading

Futurist pundit George Dvorsky recently posted an article on io9, labeled as “DEBUNKERY” and aimed at the topic of mind uploading. ... I will briefly run through Dvorsky’s eight objections, and ... explain why, from my own perspective, none of them is compelling ...

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Will Transhumans Be Transocial?

Will Transhumans Be Transocial?

Transhumanism has been defined by Humanity+ as the intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally improving the human condition through applied reason, especially by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities, as well as the study of the r...

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