The Value of Science Fiction in Understanding the Singularity

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Many contend that science fiction has no place in the discussion of artificial intelligence and the singularity. In my opinion, that’s not true. They argue that understanding the impact of artificial intelligence and transhumanism is serious business. When we read the work of MIRI, books like Our Final Invention, or Ray Kurzweil’s writings, we see the stakes are high for both benefits and risks. Differences in opinion cause tensions to run strong between scientists, futurists, and business leaders. At first glance, this seriousness suggests the tropes of science […]

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Androklis Polymenis Donates 1 Million NXT to Alcor

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Generous donor Androklis Polymenis has been a Singularity 1 on 1 fan since the very first episodes of my podcast and I was very happy to help facilitate this donation to Alcor Life Extension Foundation in support of their vital research in long-term static storage. Here is the full text of the official PR release: PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Marji Klima, Media Relations Max More, president, Alcor Life Extension Foundation 7895 E. Acoma Drive, Suite 110, Scottsdale AZ 85260 Office: 480-905-1906 x101 Fax: […]

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William Hertling on Singularity 1 on 1: The Singularity is closer than it appears!

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William Hertling is a rather recent science fiction discovery of mine and the author of award-winning novels Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears, A.I. Apocalypse, and The Last Firewall. William has written several plausible scenarios for the technological singularity that were so engaging and compelling that, as soon as I finished his first book, I could not help it but go ahead and read the next one too. And so I was very happy to get an opportunity and interview Hertling on my Singularity […]

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Researchers Cure Diabetes in Mice

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Researchers in California have turned skin cells in mice into insulin producing beta cells, effectively curing the animals of diabetes. They hope to achieve similar results in human cells, paving the way to an eventual cure for a disease that affects millions of people around the world. Original story by Ben Gruber for Reuters:

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Peering into Our Future’s Black Hole: AI, Transhumanism and the End of Humanity

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These are the videos of my presentation at the 2014 Podcamp Toronto. This year I decided that it is best not to speak about podcasting but rather focus on issues familiar to readers of Singularity Weblog – artificial intelligence, transhumanism and the technological singularity. The session was intended to provide a brief introduction of the issues and to engage a broader audience of people who are generally not familiar with the topic. You can listen to and/or download the complete audio file above, or see my […]

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Singularity Weblog Layout Testing and Design Changes

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I have not done any design changes to Singularity Weblog for over 18 months. And I am afraid that the look and feel of my blog are starting to age. There are 3 main reasons for taking so long: 1. Design changes take a lot of time Until now I have not been convinced that investing my scarce time in redesigning Singularity Weblog will be time better spent than that invested in creating more new and unique high-quality content. After all, you come here for the […]

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It’s Future Day: Happy Tenth Millennium!

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The Ancient Greeks had a word for the largest number that they could conceive of. It was the myriad and it meant literally ten thousand. Coincidentally, that’s roughly the age of human civilization. So today, on Future Day I’m celebrating civilization’s first myriad. Ten thousand years ago was the beginning of the Neolithic period, sometimes called the Anthropocene period – the era in which humans would begin to exert a permanent and profound influence over their environment. Prior to this, the fate of the planet was […]

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