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Must Watch: “Slaughterbots” Short by Stop Autonomous Weapons Thumbnail

Looking like a creepy TED Talk, this sci-fi short film from Stop Autonomous Weapons looks at a possible near future of autonomous slaughterbot drones trained to kill a specific human target. It’s created by Stop Autonomous Weapons, a group dedicated to bringing pressure to update the 1980 Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) to explicitly include autonomous weapons. They even set up a creepy StratoEnergetics slaughterbot manufacturer website ;-) If this future isn’t what you want, please take action at http://autonomousweapons.org/   Related Articles Dawn of the Kill-Bots: the Conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Arming of AI (part 1)

We’re All Truck Drivers Now: Nikola Danaylov @ DES2017 Thumbnail

The year rolled away so quickly and I completely forgot that in May I was a keynote speaker at the DES 2017 Conference in Madrid, Spain. Luckily, a fan dug out this video from the depths of the internet and, since she liked it very much, I thought I’d share it with you on Singularity Weblog. The interview runs about 12 minutes long and we cover a variety of topics such as: why in an age when answers are free questions are priceless; the technological singularity or what if your toothbrush is smarter than you; whether we should fear or not fear the singularity; artificial intelligence, technological unemployment and why we are all truck drivers now; chatbots and why technology is a magnifying mirror; why I’m not worried about AI going evil; why technology is no God…

The Beyond: a High Concept Sci Fi Feature Trailer Thumbnail

Check out this trailer for The Beyond – a high concept sci-fi feature (based loosely on the 2014 short film Project Kronos) which will be released by distributor Gravitas Ventures in the US on Jan 9th 2018. The Beyond is a science fiction film that blends the realism of ‘found footage’ with the fantastical, ‘big idea’ nature of the science fiction films of today. The Beyond tells a fascinating and exhilarating story chronicling the ground-breaking mission which sent astronauts – modified with advanced robotics, through a newly discovered wormhole known as the Void. When the mission returns unexpectedly, the space agency races to discover what the astronauts encountered on their first of its kind interstellar space journey. The Beyond promises to be a cinematic, thinking man’s found footage film that shares inspiration from the likes of Contact and District 9 [...]

Chatbots – The New Retail Banking Frontier Thumbnail

Life of the modern Homo sapiens revolves around money and tech. That is why the banking industry is always the first one to adopt the latest trends. A decade ago the digital banking put an end to the three-hundred-year-old ‘tradition’ of waiting in queues. Today, we can run accounts ourselves, and use banking services without stepping foot into an actual bank. For customer service, the eBanking was a huge leap forward, but it has caused an unsettling feeling in the Customer Support departments across the globe. Where do we go from here? The customer expectations went wild in the last couple of years. This trend was confirmed by Deloitte’s Reshaping the Retail Banking Experience – For the Customer of Tomorrow study. They describe future consumers as well-informed, connected, a bit skeptical and very demanding. The financial institutions need to consistently feed [...]

Unexpected Futurist: Mark Twain, Tesla, and a Worldwide Visual Telephone System Thumbnail

In our previous episode of Unexpected Futurist, we covered Ben Franklin’s vision of the year 2776. Since Franklin was a leading scientist and experimenter of his day, it isn’t entirely shocking that he could sense that the increasing pace of scientific discovery was going to revolutionize the world. The second episode of this series features an individual who, while certainly a leading figure of his day, was no scientist: Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. Twain experienced his glimpses into the future largely as a scientific layman. While Franklin envisioned a world that would be rapidly evolving, by Twain’s time that rapid evolution had arrived. Twain was fascinated with scientific discoveries, with the new and controversial theory of evolution, and with the consumer products that resulted from new technology. In this sense, looking back on some of Twain’s technological [...]

Blade Runner 2049: “The future of the species has finally unearthed.” [Updated] Thumbnail

Thirty years after the events of the original Blade Runner, in this new version – Blade Runner 2049, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. From executive producer Ridley Scott and director Denis Villeneuve, #BladeRunner2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, MacKenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto. Nexus 2036: New Short Film for ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Explains Jared Leto’s Backstory A new Blade Runner 2049 prequel short film “in-world” piece that explains what happened in the world of Blade Runner between the first movie, set in 2019, and this sequel, set in 2049. [...]

Unexpected Futurist: Benjamin Franklin envisions 2776 and Cryonics Thumbnail

The futurist as a profession is a fairly recent development, dating back, at the earliest, to the 1940s. “The future” as a common theme in pop culture and literature, goes back only a bit further, the genre being launched by famous visionaries such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and exploding in the 1900s through mass market publications such as Popular Science, science-fiction films, and other works that explored the impact of rapidly evolving technology. So it can be easy to forget that well before the “the future” was a commercially exploitable pop phenomenon, the implications of scientific and technological advancements were weighing on the minds of both leading thinkers and the common man. As far back as the beginnings of the industrial revolution, and even the cementing of the scientific method, many individuals started to get an inkling of [...]

Limiting Factors: Is the current economic growth model limited by the speed of light? Thumbnail

Economic Growth and the speed of light may sound not to be very much related to each other. How is it possible that the growth model at the basis of the global economy is intrinsically limited by the speed of light? We all know that the current economic model is based on the expectation that global economy would continue growing steadily in the future, this is what has happened, with some bumps, for the last century, with a global average that has been constantly rising. With a reasonable approximation we can say that for the last decades it progressed averaging about 3% per year. Many economists think that such steady growth will decline in the future while others think that it will increase due to the effects of the IT revolution, zero marginal cost revolution, robotics and AI that will [...]

The Near Future: See How Healthcare Tech Will Transform Our Lives Thumbnail

CableLabs just released a cool short film called The Near Future: A Better Place that explores how emerging technologies in healthcare will transform our daily lives. A substantial percentage of the population worldwide is over the age of 60, and it will dramatically increase in the next two decades. This really underscores the importance of healthcare advancements, and connectivity is the underlying component that will power the emerging technologies that can transform our daily lives, such as IoT, telemedicine, intelligent agents and new sensors. For example, Cookie – the little robot AI Agent in the film is an in-home companion that provides social interaction, around the clock monitoring, as well as a direct interface with the complex system of care at the hospital. With this short film, CableLabs wants to inspire you and the entire tech and healthcare industry to help make [...]

Bill Nye the Science Guy: We Can Solve The World’s Problems Thumbnail

Bill Nye – the Science Guy, was the science educator to a whole generation not only in the United States but also in Canada and the rest of the English-speaking world. He was among a handful of TV celebrities who made science cool, interesting and fun. But most of all, Bill Nye inspired a generation of students not only to respect but also to love science and become scientists themselves. Today Mr. Nye is a man on a mission to save the world. And a unique behind-the-scenes documentary film – Bill Nye Science Guy, chronicles his personal campaign to do just that. So when David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg told me they are coming to Toronto for the Canadian premiere of their film, I knew that I had to use this opportunity to get Bill on my Singularity.FM podcast. During our 45 min [...]

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