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The Intelligence Explosion: A Short Sci Fi Film about AI Ethics Thumbnail

The Intelligence Explosion is a hilariously witty short sci fi film about AI ethics. The film is asking questions such as: How can we prevent a robot AI from turning evil? Can we solve ethics? Can humans be a good role model for AI? I hope you enjoy The Intelligence Explosion as much as I did ;-) Synopsis: It's 2027 and Mental Endeavours Ltd has a problem with their flagship robot Günther. How do you program an intelligent machine not to annihilate humanity? And if its intelligence is skyrocketing faster than anyone could have predicted, are they about to run out of time? Other cool science fiction films Rise: Proof of Concept Short Sci Fi Film with Anton Yelchin Tears In The Rain: A Spectacular SciFi Blade Runner Fanfilm “Dust” Short SciFi: Stunning Cinematography & Worthy Message Envoy: David Weinstein’s [...]

Why the politics of the future is technology and technology is the future of politics Thumbnail

Technology drives change. And, by definition, change turns the world upside down. So it takes a perfectly good blue-blood nobleman and turns him into a pauper. It takes a king and, at best, makes him a ceremonial figurehead with no real power. It takes a shepherd and makes him a laborer, hopefully a member of the middle-class or, occasionally, a capitalist. And so, in the end, technology, as a bringer of change, is about politics. Because, as my undegraduate textbook defined it, politics is about "who gets what, from whom, under what conditions, and for what purpose." To those who know history this is no revelation. Every time we've had a technological change we've had both social and political change. Karl Marx was but one of a few who has pointed out that our socio-economic system, and therefore our politics, [...]

GoodAI CEO Marek Rosa on the General AI Challenge Thumbnail

Marek Rosa is the founder and CEO of Keen Software, an independent video game development studio. After the success of Keen Software game titles such as Space Engineers, Marek founded and funded GoodAI with a 10 million dollar personal investment thereby finally being able to pursue his lifelong dream of building General Artificial Intelligence. Most recently Marek launched the General AI Challenge with a fund of 5 million dollars to be given away in the next few years. During our 80 min discussion with Marek Rosa we cover a wide variety of interesting topics such as: why curiosity is his driving force; his desire to understand the universe; Marek's journey from game development into Artificial General Intelligence [AGI]; his goal to maximize humanity's future options; the mission, people and strategy behind GoodAI; his definitions of intelligence and AI; teleology and the direction [...]

The “Hel’s Bet” Space Opera Series: Singularity Art and Propaganda Thumbnail

“Work for the Singularity to max your odds of living long. Don’t bother if you’ve got a taste for dirt.”—Heloise Chin, Hel’s Bet [1] Channel Zilch and Hel’s Bet are pro-Singularity propaganda wrapped in a thrilling, funny, space opera. The books raise a huge red flag, shouting to geeks and geek moguls, “Why the heck are you wasting your time and money on trivial projects when you can work on the only Project worth doing: creating The Singularity?” Science fiction changes the world. No Clarke, no Heinlein—no Apollo 11. The Hel’s Bet Series wants to change the world. Heloise Chin, the geek goddess who helms the adventure, says that her goal is to “kickstart the Singularity.” She figures that her best bet to speed up the onset of the Singularity is to “…recruit hordes of programmers to work on existing and new open [...]

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 [...]

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