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The 5 Million Dollar General AI Challenge is a Path to Human-level AI Thumbnail

I realized that if I make a successful game and get rich, I can reinvest in building general AI. So I founded a game studio, Keen Software House. After overcoming the initial learning curve and conducting a few experiments, my team and I developed Space Engineers. The game became a big hit and enabled me to start GoodAI and dedicate more of my time to researching and developing general AI...

A Universal Basic Income is Not the Solution Thumbnail

The familiar structure of work we’ve been accustomed to for around 100 years has been gradually changing over the past couple of decades. Much of this change has gone unnoticed by most of the population because companies typically don’t like to talk about replacing jobs with technology and the news media typically buries layoffs and workforce reduction information deep in the business section. Yet these changes in the workforce are some of the most important issues of our society and need to be brought to the center of public discourse. Technological advances and outsourcing over the past 30 years have eradicated millions of jobs and will continue to do so at an escalating pace over the next 20 to 30 years. Some new jobs have also been created due to these advances, but the overall net loss in jobs has [...]

Tears In The Rain: A Spectacular SciFi Blade Runner Fanfilm Thumbnail

Tears In The Rain is a short film set in the world of Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) as well as the motion picture Blade Runner (1982). Synopsis: In a dystopian Los Angeles future, replicants or genetically engineered humanoids are created to work forced labour on off-world colonies. The latest generation, the Nexus 3 series, begins to display erratic and violent behaviour. Replicants were not designed to experience complex emotions or develop long-term memories. In the wake of corporate scandals of the previous decade, the Tyrell Corporation quietly attempts to remove Nexus 3 from circulation. John Kampff (Sean Cameron Michael), a senior engineer, heads up the Tyrell Retirement Division. With the primary objectives, detect and remove Replicants, John has suspected Nexus 3 Andy Smith (Russel Savadier) firmly in his sights. As John soon learns, [...]

Why the Future adds 0 and what “Conversations with the Future” is about Thumbnail

This is the introduction to my bestselling book Conversations with the Future. If you like it, you can buy the book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kcseK9 Why the Future adds 0 and what "Conversations with the Future" is about "If someone needs directions, don't give them a globe. It'll merely waste their time. But if someone needs to understand the way things are, don't give them a map. They don't need directions; they need to see the big picture." Seth Godin  If you have ever been to a Hindu temple you probably couldn't help but notice the Paal Paysam - rice pudding. Legend has it that the tradition of serving Paal Paysam to visiting pilgrims started after a game of chess between an Indian king and the Lord Krishna himself. You see, the king was a big chess enthusiast and had the habit [...]

Our Future, AI and Veganism: 6 Reasons Why I Went Vegan Thumbnail

People keep asking me why I went vegan so I decided to share the top 6 reasons. Check out the list below and do let me know if you agree or disagree with me as well as your own reasons as per why you would or you wouldn't go vegan yourself ;-) 6 Reasons Why I Went Vegan: For our planet: if there has ever been a single decision that an individual can take right now, which will have a direct impact on our climate and our planet in general, and that requires no government or other kind of approval, it is changing your diet. In short, since 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions are coming from our livestock and their byproducts, the less meat we consume the better it is for our planet and our climate. Period. [There are [...]

Augmented: Short Sci-Fi Film Asks Good Questions About AR Thumbnail

Augmented is a short film set in the near future, where augmented reality has become so ubiquitous that the line between the real and virtual worlds have become blurred. When a new, dangerous technology is created that can manipulate the perception of this brave new world, who will exploit it? Who will monetize it? Who will become twisted by it? Augmented is directed by Ross Peacock and produced by Ben Mortimer of Black Arrow Pictures, and executive produced by Tim Clayton of Sweet Potato Productions. Starring Sabine Crossen, Brett Fancy and Camilla Roholm. Other cool science fiction films Rise: Proof of Concept Short Sci Fi Film with Anton Yelchin “Dust” Short SciFi: Stunning Cinematography & Worthy Message Envoy: David Weinstein’s Short Sci Fi About Alien Robot Must Become Full Feature Film The Nostalgist: A Cool Sci Fi Short Film Explores [...]

Suzanne Gildert on Kindred AI: Non-Biological Sentiences are on the Horizon Thumbnail

Suzanne Gildert is a founder and CTO of Kindred AI - a company pursuing the modest vision of "building machines with human-like intelligence." Her startup just came out of stealth mode and I am both proud and humbled to say that this is the first ever long-form interview that Suzanne has done. Kindred AI has raised 15 million dollars from notable investors and currently employs 35 experts in their offices in Toronto, Vancouver and San Francisco. Even better, Suzanne is a long term Singularity.FM podcast fan, total tech geek, Gothic artist, PhD in experimental physics and former D-Wave Quantum Computer maker. Right now I honestly can't think of a more interesting person to have a conversation with. During our 100 min discussion with Suzanne Gildert we cover a wide variety of interesting topics such as: why she sees herself as a [...]

Must Watch: “Before the Flood” Climate Change Documentary Thumbnail

Before the Flood is a must watch documentary produced by National Geographic. Join Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. Synopsis: Before the Flood, directed by Fisher Stevens, captures a three-year personal journey alongside Academy Award-winning actor and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio as he interviews individuals from every facet of society in both developing and developed nations who provide unique, impassioned and pragmatic views on what must be done today and in the future to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. P.S. Just one of many examples why Technology is NOT Enough!

Gerd Leonhard on Technology vs Humanity: The Future Belongs to Those Who Can Hear It Coming Thumbnail

Gerd Leonhard is a musician, keynote speaker and futurist with over 300 clients, 1,500 engagements and over a million people of combined audience at venues across the world. Gerd is most recently the author of a brand new book titled Technology vs Humanity: The Coming Clash Between Man and Machine and, as someone who puts stress on ethics in his work as a futurist, I thought he would make a great interviewee on Singularity.FM. So check out his interview and let me know what you think! During our 80 min discussion with Gerd Leonhard we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: why Gerd considers himself a humanist and a traveller; his journey from theology and philosophy through music and entrepreneurship and into foresight and futurism; starting a Spotify-type of a company 10 years too early and writing his bestseller book The [...]

Technology is NOT Enough! Thumbnail

I am tired of hearing that science and technology will save the world. It is almost the same as saying "Jesus will save you!" It evokes the very same passive quasi-religious hope that something or someone out there will magically solve all our problems, bring abundance in our lives, help us live forever and bring back the dead. I am sorry to break this to you but science and technology will not save the world. Never have. For example, we have all the science and technology to provide water, food, shelter and sanitation - the mere basic necessities, to every hungry and homeless person on our planet. And yet 800 million people are starving. 800 million lack access to clean and safe drinking water and another 2 1/2 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. An estimated 100 million [...]

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