Category: Internet

Video Friday: The Future of Computation & Knowledge: Stephen Wolfram at HITS

Stephen Wolfram recently gave a talk in the Studio Villa Bosch conference center: “The Future of Computation & Knowledge.”


Video Friday: Peter Diamandis on Abundance 360 and Exponential Technologies (2014)

This Draw Shop video, originally created for entrepreneurs in Peter Diamandis’ Abundance 360 coaching program, illustrates the powerful implications of six key technologies: 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence, the “Internet of Things,” infinite computing and synthetic biology.



In his paper on the technological Singularity, Vernor Vinge outlined several pathways that could lead to superhuman intelligence. The one which gets talked about most often is the ‘AI scenario: We create superhuman artificial intelligence (AI) in computers’. In fact, this pathway is referred to so often, it has become synonymous with the Technological Singularity in the minds of a lot of people. This seems a pity, as there are other ways in which the Singularity could be brought about and we aught to be aware of these alternative routes to superintelligence.


Cliff Joslyn on the Global Brain

The universal forces of evolution have acted on organisms to create e.g. metazoan multicelluarity and its attendant specialization of cells, tissues, and organs. Similarly, human social roles are differentiated, and there are many specialized human “organs”.


Propaganda 2.0 and the rise of ‘narrative networks’

DARPA, the Pentagon’s advanced concepts think-tank, is looking to take propaganda to the next level and they’re hoping to do so by controlling the very way their targets perceive and interpret the flow of incoming information. The Pentagon believes that by engaging in ‘narrative control’ they can alter an individual’s grasp on reality and the way in which they evaluate current events. Simply put, DARPA is looking to shape minds with stories.