Ray Kurzweil predicts that artificial intelligence will equal and then surpass human intelligence in the not-too-distant future, in what he calls the “moment of singularity.” Advances in brain/machine interfacing (BMI) may be viewed as a challenge to this futuristic prediction.
Category: Intelligence Amplification
Schreiweis et al. have tested transgenic mice in which the mouse version of the language-related gene FoxP2 was replaced with the human version.
The 17th Annual Swartz Foundation Mind/Brain Lecture with Dr. Michael Wigler explores the genetic basis of cognition and autism.
Rony Abovitz, Graeme Devine, and Neal Stephenson, of Magic Leap in a fireside chat with MIT Technology Review editor in chief Jason Pontin.
Cybernetics, Art, and Ideas (1971) by Jasia Reichardt is a lost and out of print masterwork of multimedia, interactive, and computer generated art that will be of interest to transhumanists.
For years, conventional wisdom held that growing older tends to be bad news for brains. Past behavioral data largely pointed to loss in cognitive – that is, thinking – abilities with age, including poorer memory and greater distractibility. Physical measures of brain structure also showed atrophy, or loss of volume, in many regions with age.
Technology is empowering us in ways we never before dreamed possible, and it’s time to start having the conversation about what might happen within our lifetimes today.