Arthur Traviss Corry on Singularity 1 on 1: Give Bitcoin a Try!

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I have often felt that being located in Toronto, Canada puts me at a bit of a disadvantage with respect to having a futuristic high-tech blog and podcast. Living in Silicon Valley or New York [or a number of cities in Asia and Europe] appears to make it easier to stay at the cutting edge of technology and meet the amazing people pushing it forward. However, after visiting Decentral, I am convinced that there you can meet people who are making things happen and changing the world as […]

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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

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The Creative Commons-licensed version of The Internet’s Own Boy, Brian Knappenberger’s documentary about Aaron Swartz, is now available on the Internet Archive, which is especially useful for people outside of the US, who aren’t able to pay to see it online. It’s a remarkable movie and I hope you make some time to watch it. The Internet Archive makes the movie available to download or stream, in MPEG 4 and Ogg. There’s also a torrentable version. The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and […]

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Three Problems Computers Can Never Solve

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A new video by New Scientist presents three problems that computers can allegedly never solve. In short, the argument is that despite their complexity, almost all modern computers are of the type conceived by Alan Turing in 1936 – and they all have the same limitations. Turing showed that any computer predicated on human logic alone will struggle with the same questions that we do. They will always find some questions undecidable: not so much “computer says ‘no’” as “computer says ‘can never know’”. Check out […]

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What is the Future of Education?

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With current heated discourse over Common Core Standards, America has taken a closer look at the way we approach teaching and what the long-term effects are for students and our country. Are the SAT’s, ELA’s and MRE’s really a plausible way to determine the intelligence and aptitude of a person? Our education system’s main focus on testing and scores doesn’t provide room for real world application and isn’t designed to identify creative thinkers. We are essentially training our youth to become good at regurgitating information instead of […]

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The One God Hypothesis, a Post-Singularity Scenario

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The One God Hypothesis is a potential outcome of the technological singularity/transhumanist movement which I have devised. I have written it as a challenge to the attitude expressed by many singularitarians that technology will somehow enable us to live in a post scarcity world. If anything, it shows that scarcity and competition could potentially become more severe in a posthuman society. In summary, the One God Hypothesis describes a paradigm in which the best course of action for each and every transhuman is to eliminate all life forms with […]

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Bitcoin: The Financial Singularity is Here

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I have to admit – I was a total bitcoin skeptic. But after spending several months learning about cryptocurrencies I have come to believe that bitcoin is the financial singularity – the most disruptive technology of our present day beyond whose event-horizon human affairs as we know them – be it financial or otherwise, will be fundamentally transformed. Why I was a skeptic “Bitcoin is fake money used only by criminals, libertarians and anarchists” – reported the media. “Bitcoin Is Evil” – opined Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman. […]

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Bill Andrews on Singularity 1 on 1: Ageing is not going to cure itself!

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Some will say that Bill Andrews is totally crazy – at 61 he runs an average of 10 miles per day and at least one 100 mile marathon per month. He also wants to “Cure Ageing or Die Trying”. No wonder Bill is one of the 2 main protagonists of a new documentary about life-extension aptly titled The Immortalists. As to whether he is crazy or not, I myself hope that he totally is. Because, if we are ever going to defeat ageing, we are going to […]

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