FutureMed: The Future of Health

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      This archive file was compiled from audio and video documentation of a gathering of medical professionals, inventors & entrepreneurs, held at Singularity University in California, February 2013. The selected material gives a portrait of a time in which the field of health found itself at a crossroads between the mature medical institutions which had slowly evolved over hundreds of years, and a need to develop and integrate new, more flexible and scalable forms of care. We created “FutureMed: The Future of Health” as […]

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Make Up Your Mind! [Now I am Become Water the Creator of Worlds]

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This title with apologies to J. Robert Oppenheimer Accommodation: When a baby holds a ball, the baby adjusts its grip according to the nature of the ball (its thingness ‘as such’, its “ball-ness”). In re-action to the softness, roundess, smoothness and other attributes of a ball, the baby becomes attracted or repelled by the object. If the object is experienced as pleasurable or painful, or otherwise interesting or important, the baby will form a memory strength commensurate with the significance of the experience. In a way, […]

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Noam Chomsky: The Singularity is Science Fiction!

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Dr. Noam Chomsky is a famed linguist, political activist, prolific author and recognized public speaker, who has spent the last 60 years living a double life – one as a political activist and another as a linguist. His activism allegedly made him the US government’s public enemy number one. As a linguist he is often credited for dethroning behaviorism and becoming the “father of modern linguistics” (and/or cognitive science). Put together his accomplishments are the reasons why he is often listed as one of the most […]

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Keloid: JJ Palomo’s Gripping Robopocalypse Short Sci Fi Film

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Keloid is a fantastic short short science fiction film that reminds me greatly of Daniel H. Wilson’s gritty novel Robopocalypse. It is also appropriate that I happened to watch Keloid right after my interview with James Barrat on Our Final Invention. And so I thought you may also find it relevant or, at the very least, enjoy the compelling cinematography and cool special effects. Synopsis: In a not too distant future, societies of all countries come to rely on an intricate network of artificial intelligence devices […]

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Singularity 1 on 1: James Barrat on Our Final Invention

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For 20 years James Barrat has created documentary films for National Geographic, the BBC, Discovery Channel, History Channel and public television. In 2000, during the course of his career as a film-maker, James interviewed Ray Kurzweil and Arthur C. Clarke. The latter interview not only transformed entirely Barrat’s views on artificial intelligence, but also made him write a book on the technological singularity called Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era. I read an advance copy of Our Final Invention and it […]

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Stuart Hameroff on Singularity 1 on 1: Consciousness is More than Computation!

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Dr. Stuart Hameroff is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychology, and Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona. Together with British quantum physicist Sir Roger Penrose, Hameroff is the co-author of the controversial Orch OR model of consciousness. I first met Dr. Hameroff at the recent GF2045 conference where the usually mild-mannered Ray Kurzweil went out of his way to make it abundantly clear that the Orch OR model is totally wrong. Others called it “speculative,” “non-testable” and “unscientific”. By now both Stuart and […]

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Mind Uploading and Identity

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Like many of you here, I saw the recent interview on Singularityweblog with Dr Natasha Vita-More about her idea of the Whole Body Prosthetic. The article raises many interesting questions, not least what it would mean to have an uploaded mind and a physical body, whether natural or prosthetic. In this article I want to explore some of these ideas, in particular what identity means for an uploaded mind. Identity and continuity The idea of uploading a mind to a supercomputer is commonplace in singularity discussions. […]

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