Economy

Invited Essay — Future of Work: Musical Performance in Virtual Reality

Invited Essay — Future of Work: Musical Performance in Virtual Reality

Today's guest post continues our theme on the Future of Work in a somewhat different direction: the performing arts and music. The rise of digital music and music sharing has challenged the existing economics of the music business. And at the same time these very technologies offer artists new ways to connect with fans, customers, and other artists. A shared virtual reality environment present...

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The Future of Work – The Past and Future of the Desk

The Future of Work – The Past and Future of the Desk

As the Singularity approaches, the very nature of work and many of the tools we use on a daily basis will change radically. Chances are that most of you reading this article are sitting at something called a desk right now. But what are desks and why do we have them? What is the future of the desk? What about mobile and augmented reality technologies? Can't they make the very idea of a desk obsole...

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Russia 2045: Will the Singularity Be Launched in Russia?

Russia 2045: Will the Singularity Be Launched in Russia?

For 3 days in late February, Russian businessman Dmitry Itskov gathered 500+ futurists in Moscow for a “Global Future 2045 Congress” – the latest manifestation of his “Russia 2045” movement. The Congress featured an impressive roster of Russian scientists, engineers and visionaries, along with American futurist leaders like Ray Kurzweil, Randal Koene and John Smart.

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Videos from Singularity Summit 2011 Now Online

24 talks from the recent Singularity Summit conference in New York City are online at the SingularitySummits YouTube channel. Topics include robotics, economics, technology, artificial intelligence, and more.

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Singularity Summit in NYC to Explore Historic Watson Victory

Singularity Summit in NYC to Explore Historic Watson Victory

This Singularity Summit line-up this year features a mix of 25 speakers from numerous fields, with a central focus on robotics and artificial intelligence, in particular the victory of the IBM computer Watson in Jeopardy! this February. Inventor and award-winning author Ray Kurzweil will give the opening keynote on “From Eliza to Watson to Passing the Turing Test”. Registration for the Summit, whi...

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Would Anything Change Your BS (Belief System)?

My purpose in this article is not to try to surmise who — or what — is correct about this particular scenario or about any of the dozens of other disaster scenarios that seem to confront us. My purpose is to examine how people deal with the intrusion of "scientific" information that may not only disrupt their models of reality but their projects-already-in-progress.

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Seven Silly Superstitions About Cryonics Trusts

Seven Silly Superstitions About Cryonics Trusts

"Doctor, it looks like this patient is dead. But there is a cryonics medical team standing by in the hall ready to start him on his ambulance ride to the future." Or it could be "He's dead, Jim... I am a doctor, not a miracle worker!" These words might be among the last you may hear... or not hear, having given up the proverbial and almost certainly mythical "ghost" a few moments earlier.

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