Chris Lawrence's Posts

An Anthropologist’s Study of Transhumanist Ideas

An Anthropologist’s Study of Transhumanist Ideas

By Ingrid Bäckström My name is Ingrid Bäckström and I am a graduate student working on a Master’s in Cultural Anthropology at Uppsala University in Sweden. I also have the great pleasure of being titled as an associated scholar at Humanity + which I am forever grateful for. As of right now, I am located in Scottsdale Arizona where I also will be staying for two months to conduct fieldwork and gath...

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2019 Recap: “Vernor Vinge on the Singularity”— (2 decades ago)

2019 Recap: “Vernor Vinge on the Singularity”— (2 decades ago)

by Natasha Vita-More Has the technological singularity in 2019 changed since the late 1990s? As a theoretical concept it has become more recognized. As a potential threat, it is significantly written about and talked about. Because the field of narrow AI is growing and machine learning has found a place in academics and entrepreneurs are investing in the growth of AI, tech leaders have come to the...

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Don’t Panic!

Don’t Panic!

By Calum Chase First Published on Pandora’s Brain Franklin D Roosevelt was inaugurated as US President in March 1933, in the depth of the Great Depression. His famous comment that “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” was reassuring to his troubled countrymen, and has resonated down the years. If and when it turns out that machines will make it impossible for many people to earn a ...

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Sophia and SingularityNET: Q&A

Sophia and SingularityNET: Q&A

By Ben Goertzel These last couple months have been fascinating (and exhausting) for me. I’ve largely taken a break from my AI research work and I’ve spent most of my time organizing a new AI-meets-blockchain project — SingularityNET — and traveling around promoting it. At the same time, the Sophia robot I’ve been working on at Hanson Robotics has been made a citizen o...

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Longevity Month – October 2017

Longevity Month – October 2017

By Ilia Stambler Following the tradition set in 2013, on or around October 1 (“The UN International Day of Older Persons”) longevity research activists from around the world organize events and promotions as a part of the “Longevity Day” Campaign. Further events take place throughout the entire month of October forming Longevity Month. All events focus on support of biomedical research into aging ...

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The Corporatization of AI is a Major Threat to Humanity

The Corporatization of AI is a Major Threat to Humanity

By Ben Goertzel This “editorial” article represents the personal views of the author, shaped by his 3 decades in the AI research community and 2 decades as an AI entrepreneur. It absolutely does NOT represent an official position of H+ Magazine or Humanity+. I’ve been working in the AI field since the late 1980s, and hoo boy have things changed! A joke I sometimes tell in confere...

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PERSISTENCE OF LONG-TERM MEMORY: in Vitrified and Revived Simple Animals

PERSISTENCE OF LONG-TERM MEMORY: in Vitrified and Revived Simple Animals

By Natasha Vita-More First published in Cryonics Magazine “If the aging process is controlled in a similar way in worms and humans, then we can use what we learn about worms to speed our study of higher organisms.” — Cynthia Kenyon Preserving memory after cryonic preservation is a breakthrough science for cryonics, which has been a huge hurdle for cryonics. The research leading to this breakthroug...

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