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Nikola and Amish on their April Fool’s Prank: Serious about Comedy and Comedy about the Serious Thumbnail

Yesterday I did a Facebook Live session together with comedian Amish Patel where we talked about our April Fool’s Prank, got serious about comedy and did a little comedy about the serious. So, if you still haven’t seen my “interview” with “Dr. Amish Patel” on why the Universe is a Simulation and his proof for that, make sure you check it out. During this conversation with Amish Patel we talk about: the format and goals of my Singularity.FM podcast; our April Fool’s prank and some chosen audience comments; how many of the “jokes” in our gag were things that really happened during my real interviews; why emotion eats logic for breakfast; the power of music and humor; the importance of doubt and asking questions; why I went vegan; ethics and religion… I have to mention that both I and Amish [...]

Dr. Amish Patel: The Universe is a Simulation and I Have the Proof Thumbnail

Do you fear we might live in a simulation? Well, I just had the unique privilege to interview Dr. Amish Patel, who not only argues passionately that the Universe is indeed a simulation but also shares for the very 1st time his groundbreaking proof that this is indeed the case. During our 30 min discussion with Dr. Patel we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: who is Amish Patel in his own words; his cutting-edge work in cosmology, quantum mechanics and applied mathematics; the collapse of scientific materialism; his savant-like multiplication skills; mathematics and the nature of reality; his biggest dream and biggest fear; why everything around us is information and his “it from bit theory of the universe”; the computation hypothesis and the simulation hypothesis; why we are the AI; negativity and nihilism; why and how we can [...]

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 [...]

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