The Hawking Fallacy Argued, A Personal Opinion

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This article is a response to a piece written by Singularity Utopia (hereforth called SU) entitled The Hawking Fallacy. Briefly, the Hawking Fallacy is SU’s attempt to describe any negative or fearful reaction to strong artificial intelligence, also known as artificial general intelligence, as an irrational fear or a logical fallacy. SU further holds the opinion that when AGI eventuates it will almost certainly be benevolent and usher in a period of abundance and super-intelligence that will within a very short time result in the technological […]

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Illustris: History of the Universe Reproduced by Computer Simulation

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Scientists at MIT have traced 13 billion years of galaxy evolution, from shortly after the Big Bang to the present day. Their simulation, named Illustris, captures both the massive scale of the Universe and the intriguing variety of galaxies — something previous modelers have struggled to do. It produces a Universe that looks remarkably similar to what we see through our telescopes, giving us greater confidence in our understanding of the Universe, from the laws of physics to our theories about galaxy formation. And such understanding […]

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The Hawking Fallacy

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The Hawking Fallacy describes futuristic xenophobia. We are considering flawed ideas about the future. Stephen Hawking, Stuart Russell, Max Tegmark, and Frank Wilczek inspired me to define the Hawking Fallacy. They wrote an article warning of possible threats from artificial intelligence. Their fallacious reasoning generated a substantial amount of publicity, mostly uncritical. My emphasis of Stephen’s name will be an enduring warning against the folly of succumbing to prejudice regarding artificial intelligence. I concentrated on Stephen because he was a significant focus of all media reports. For example, the […]

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London Futurists Hangout On Air: Terminator or Transcendence?

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Last Sunday I participated in a fun panel discussion organized by David Wood from the London Futurists. The topic was “Terminator or Transcendence?” and we kicked off the conversation by critiquing the film Transcendence. Then we moved on to other topics such as the timeline to achieving AI in general and ASI in particular, the Turing Test and our hopes and fears for the future. You can see the full 90min recording below:   Synopsis: Hollywood has provided some vivid images of what might happen when AI gains superhuman […]

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FIRST Robotics: Who are the Celebrities of the Future? [Short Doc]

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At the most basic level The FIRST Robotics Competition, founded by inventor Dean Kamen, looks to the future by developing the next generation of the world’s engineers. Many of the students at FIRST go on to work at very influential titans of technology, or at future oriented organizations such as NASA. This documentary on FIRST Robotics is our eighth main piece in our Galactic Public Archives series in which we explore compelling visions of our future from influential individuals. So far, we’ve covered an interesting collection […]

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Ed Boyden on Singularity 1 on 1: Let’s Bring Engineers into Studying the Brain

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The first time I met Prof. Ed Boyden was at last year’s Global Future 2045 conference in New York. There I was highly impressed with Boyden’s impressive work in neuroscience in general and optogenetics in particular, as well as the profound implications it would have on our ability to understand and manipulate the brain. And so I knew instantly I must bring him for an interview on Singularity 1 on 1. During our 1 hour conversation with Ed we cover a variety of topics such as: his […]

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The Bitcoin Phenomenon [Short Doc]

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There are a number of bitcoin documentaries being produced at the moment and within the next 6 to 18 months we would be flooded with them. The Bitcoin Phenomenon is a 35 min short documentary that looks at the history, the technology, and the clash between the politics of early-adopters and the VCs and entrepreneurs gearing up to take Bitcoin mainstream. Will the establishment interests of Wall Street and Silicon Valley be able to neutralize the radical politics of this movement?! The Bitcoin Phenomenon includes interviews with many of […]

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