Category: Economy

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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 presents an entirely new creative means for performing music and sharing music and other art as well as potentially providing a platform for selling or exchanging it.

Linda Rogers has been organizing musical performance in Second Life for half a decade. Linda shares some of the history, issues, and challenges she encountered along the way to five years of virtual reality performances in which she quite arguably and somewhat accidentally invents an entirely new art form — the shared virtual reality musical performance.

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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 obsolete?

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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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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, which runs on October 14-15 at the 92Y in New York, is open to the public.

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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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AGI and the Emerging Peer-to-Peer Economy: Ben Goertzel Interviews AI Researcher Mohamad Tarifi

I first encountered Mohamad Tarifi on an AI email list, where he was discussing his deep and fascinating work on hierarchical temporal memory architectures.  Using a combination of rigorous mathematics and computational experiments, he treats these constructs very broadly as an approach to both vision processing and artificial general intelligence.

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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.