Danko Nikolic on Singularity 1 on 1: Practopoiesis Tells Us Machine Learning Isn’t Enough!

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If there’s ever been a case when I just wanted to jump on a plane and go interview someone in person, not because they are famous but because they have created a totally unique and arguably seminal theory, it has to be Danko Nikolic. I believe Danko’s theory of Practopoiesis is that good and he should and probably eventually would become known around the world for it. Unfortunately, however, I don’t have a budget of thousands of dollars per interview which will allow me to pay […]

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Kurzweil Interviews Minsky: Is the Singularity Near?

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A classic interview where Ray Kurzweil interviews Marvin Minsky on the human brain, artificial intelligence and whether the singularity is near or not. Most interestingly, Minsky’s approach of trying to make sense of the brain reminds me very much of my upcoming interview with Danko Nikolic and his fascinating theory of Practopoiesis. My 2 favorite quotes from this interview are this: “Many people think that the way to understand the brain is to understand how the parts work and then how the combinations of them work […]

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Project Hieroglyph: Science fiction for a better future

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Movies, television and books have painted a darkly dystopian vision of the future. Science fiction writers and innovators warn such entertainment can have deep long-term impacts, and tell the BBC that creating more optimistic views of tomorrow is crucial to influencing how we approach it. At Arizona State University (ASU), science fiction writers and scientists have joined together to learn from, and influence, each other to envision better tomorrows. Called Project Hieroglyph, the project pairs renowned science fiction writers with scientists to imagine optimistic, technically-grounded science […]

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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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