Kevin Warwick: The First Cyborg

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This is another cool video of Kevin Warwick (aka the first cyborg). In 2002, under the heading Project Cyborg, a British scientist and university professor, Kevin Warwick, had an array of 100 electrodes fired into his nervous system in order to link it to the internet. Then he successfully carried out a series of experiments including extending his nervous system over the internet to control a robotic hand, a loudspeaker, amplifier and to communicate with his wife. That neural connection is a form of extended sensory […]

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Is Google Evil?

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Big Brother is so 1984. Today we have Google. The all-knowing, almighty Google already has more information about me and you than all of the secret service and spy agencies of the world combined. For starters, Google often knows what we browse and search for; who sends us emails and about what (it reads all gmail emails to sell ads); it monitors our usage of Google docs and its mapping software Google Earth so it knows when and how we travel, as well as our starting […]

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Stephen Hawking on Big Think: Go To Other Planets or Go Extinct

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In this 2 min video interview with Big Think British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking argues that we must go to conquer other planets or, eventually, face extinction. You can read the full transcript in the next several paragraphs or skip right to watching the video itself at the end of the post. “I see great dangers for the human race. There have been a number of times in the past when its survival has been a question of touch and go. The Cuban missile crisis […]

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Richard Dawkins on TED: The Universe Is Queerer Than We Can Suppose

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In this TED video biologist Richard Dawkins makes a case for “thinking the improbable” by looking at how the human frame of reference limits our understanding of the universe. Richard Dawkins’ profile bio on TED: “As an evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins has broadened our understanding of the genetic origin of our species; as a popular author, he has helped lay readers understand complex scientific concepts. He’s best-known for the ideas laid out in his landmark book The Selfish Gene and fleshed out in The Extended Phenotype: […]

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Dharmendra Modha on How to Build a Brain-like Computer

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Mapping the entire human brain one neuron at a time, discovering its complete functionality and then simulating it in a virtual environment is one of the major benchmarks on the way to the singularity. If successful it will have wide ranging implications for a variety fields from medicine and supercomputing to neuroscience and artificial intelligence. I have previously posted some interesting videos of Henry Markram and his Blue Brain project. In this video Dharmendra Modha, manager of Cognitive Computing department at IBM and a principle investigator […]

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The ATLAS Experiment: Exploring Matter in the Universe

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What happened before the Big Bang? Are there parallel universes? Is time travel possible? Are there other dimensions? Those are the kinds of questions that the Large Hadron Collider is designed to address. Last week I published a series of videos about the ATLAS experiment on Singularity Symposium. To put it succinctly the ATLAS experiment is aimed to unlock the secrets of genesis of our universe and unite the four fundamental forces of gravity, electromagnetism, the weak and the strong nuclear force. Today I am adding […]

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John Lloyd at TED: All That Matters Is Invisible

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I thought I’d finish off this week’s blog posts with a little witty and relevant humor. Singularitarians are sometimes blamed for being too materialistic and/or too rational with a “know-it-all” take on the universe. I hope that this hilariously smart video may help us look back at the cosmos from the funny side, the side where, as John Lloyd says, “all that matters is invisible” and where the best tool for our inquiry is what the zen Buddhists call an “empty mind.” In this TED video, […]

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