Automation is the process whereby any action, decision or function that was once performed by a human (or non-human animal) is taken over by a machine.
“Today, natural philosophy has not disappeared completely. It lives under disguise. Scientists write popular books, for the general educated public, professing to make their ideas about the science that they practice accessible to non-scientists. They use these books to speculate about the larger meaning of their discoveries for our understanding of the universe and of our place within it. They also have another audience, however: their colleagues in science, addressed under the disguise of popularization.”
Human beings have long desired immortality.
The nature of knowledge itself is shifting from being an end in itself to a commodity meant to be repackaged and redistributed.
Former h+ Magazine editor R.U. Sirius and co-author Jay Cornell appeared on the alternative radio program Coast to Coast AM last night.
The first chapter of the The Transhumanist Reader – the first comprehensive overview of transhumanism, edited by Natasha Vita-More and Max More has been made available online for free by the publisher John Wiley.
Like many geeks of the post-Sputnik generation, I grew up hoping that space travel would be common by the time I reached middle age. Weaned on a youthful diet of speculative fiction by the likes of Ray Bradbury and Arthur Clarke, raised on Star Trek and The Outer Limits, and thrilled by real-life hero Neil Armstrong’s “one small step” onto the gravelly surface of the Moon when I was in elementary school, it never occurred to me that humankind’s manifest destiny in the stars would be undone by changing political winds, disasters like theChallenger explosion, and a mountain of debt to pay for misguided military adventures like the War in Iraq.
Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity is a new book by former h+ Magazine editors R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell.
Here’s a prediction I made about “intelligent agent” technology in 1993. How close did I get to our present reality?
This is the fifth part of my series on Nick Bostrom’s book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies.