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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The Emerging Age of Technological Telepathy

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It might seem premature, but I believe the age of technological telepathy is upon us, and it won’t be long until our thoughts alone begin to manipulate the world around us. We’ll be using intracranial implants, nanobots, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), or Electroencephalography (EEG) headbands; and our computers, our prosthetics, our avatars will all be controlled by thought alone. Biological telepathy and the somewhat related telekinesis, are recurring themes in science fiction and fantasy fiction, with perhaps the Force of the Star Wars films being one […]

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Natasha Vita-More on Whole Body Prosthetic

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It has been almost two months since I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Dr. Natasha Vita-More at her family house in Scottsdale, Arizona. Vita-More has been at the fore-front for several decades and her projects such as Primo Post Human have lead the NY Times to call her “the first female philosopher of transhumanism.” Thus I was very happy to do my first in-person interview with Natasha and discuss her ideas about Whole Body Prosthetic and Substrate Autonomous, Networked Avatar Bodies by Design. During our 36 min conversation with Dr. Vita-More we […]

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