Hannu Rajaniemi on his Quantum Thief Trilogy

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Hannu Rajaniemi is a Ph. D. in string theory and fellow SU alumni best known  for his popular science fiction trilogy The Quantum Thief [Jean Le Flambeur]. His work has risen to prominence both because of its own merits but also because of the legend surrounding his signing up with a major book publisher. Rajaniemi has been suggested numerous times as a strong guest-candidate for my Singularity 1 on 1 podcast and I am extremely happy to have had the opportunity to finally fulfill those requests. […]

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Socrates Does The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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My friend Chris Smedley dared me to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge yesterday. Since I am not one to run away from challenges, especially easy ones like this one, I went ahead and asked my brother-in-law to film my best friend pouring a large bucket of ice water over my head. Hope you enjoy it and join me in making a donation for the fight against ALS here. Also, I myself would like to challenge the following 3 people to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: 1. Dr. Aubrey […]

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Artificial Intelligence & The Singularity Conference

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What is the most likely path (technology) to achieve AGI? When will we likely achieve human-level general intelligence? How fast will its intelligence increase? An ‘explosion’? How serious are the risks? The Artificial Intelligence and The Singularity Conference is your best chance to hear a variety of answers to the above questions from leading experts on AI. It will be held on September 20, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm, at Piedmont Veterans Hall, 401 Highland Avenue, Piedmont, California and you can get tickets at EventBrite for the […]

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Jerome C. Glenn on Singularity 1 on 1: Science is an epistemology in the house of philosophy

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Jerome C. Glenn is co-founder and Director of The Millennium Project and I had great fun talking to him during our first interview. But it has been over two years since our previous conversation and so, when Jason Ganz reminded me that the latest State of the Future report has been out for several months now, I jumped at the opportunity to have Jerome back on Singularity 1 on 1. In this second discussion with Glenn we cover a wide variety of topics such as: The State […]

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Singularity 1 on 1: Jonathan Mugan on The Curiosity Cycle

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Jonathan Mugan is not only a computer scientist specializing in machine learning and AI but also a father of three and the author of The Curiosity Cycle: Preparing Your Child for the Ongoing Technological Explosion. Since this is one of the few good books on the topic that I am aware of, I thought I’d bring Jonathan on Singularity 1 on 1 so that we can dive deeper into the issues surrounding child education in an age of accelerating change. During our 30 min conversation with […]

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The Trail’s End: David Rosenbaum’s Sci-Fi Short is Bonnie and Clyde with Androids

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What if Bonnie and Clyde was re-envisioned as a sci-fi? That’s the idea behind David Rosenbaum’s short sci film The Trail’s End. The short is the prequel to Bonnie and Clyde, with androids going on the run from the law. It premiered at the LA Shorts Fest, has fantastic VFX and sleek cinematography, not to mention an interesting premise playing on a classic story we all know. Synopsis: On the final day of his life, an android has an unexpected encounter that alters the course of […]

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Desperate search for relief in a time of anxiety [a 16-year-old writes to Socrates]

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This is the email message that a 16-year-old girl sent me. It is one of a series of similar messages that I have been receiving and replying to for some time now. But on this occasion I decided to share publicly both the letter and my reply in the hope of providing others with easy access to my suggestions as well as soliciting further wisdom and mentorship from the general Singularity Weblog community. Desperate search for relief in a time of anxiety Hello! I am a 16 year […]

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