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Technology is Not Enough: the Future of Humanity in an Age of AI with Nikola Danaylov Thumbnail

A couple of days ago I got interviewed by Federico Pistono, who is one of the co-founders of Konoz. During our 80 min conversation we covered a variety of topics such as: my personal podcasting origin story; major takeaways from my interviews; interviewee and audience testimonials of impact stories; why technology is a magnifying mirror; veganism and ethics; the greatest danger to humanity; my current crowdfunding campaign… Here is Federico’s description of Nikola Danaylov’s interview: Dear EduCreators, In this month’s live hangout we will discuss and explore the role of technology in modern age and in the future with Nikola Danaylov, host of Singularity 1on1, a series of podcast where he interviewed over 200 of the best scientists, writers, entrepreneurs, film-makers, journalists, philosophers and artists, debating the impact of technology, exponential growth, genetics, robotics, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and the technological [...]

The Devolution of Nikola Danaylov: Socrates In The Baboon Room Thumbnail

This Thursday I did an interview for the Baboon Room podcast and here is the YouTube video of my conversation with the host Correy Cottrell. Synopsis from Correy Cottrell – the man behind the Baboon Room podcast: Before: “This is easily the biggest interview we have ever had. Socrates from the Singularity 1 on 1 podcast has talked to literally EVERYONE in the Artifical Intelligence space.” After: “Imagine every intellectual/philosophical rabit-hole you can around the idea of the technological singularity. We dove down just about all of em.”

Veni Vidi Vici: Awesome Rap Music Video by Baba Brinkman Thumbnail

Veni Vidi Vici is a song by the one and only scientifically peer reviewed rap artist I know of – Baba Brinkman. Baba wrote and performed this song for Threatened Species Day as a part of The Rap Guide to Wilderness. Synopsis: Scientists recently proposed designating our current geological era as the Anthropocene, signifying the indelible scale of human impacts on the planet, from biodiversity right down to the chemical signatures in rocks. Baba Brinkman’s new song and video, Veni, Vidi, Vici (attributed to Julius Ceasar: “I came, I saw, I conquered”), is a lament and dirge for lost species, and a call for humanity to accept our global dominance as a responsibility as well as a privilege, especially in our stewardship of other living things. The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) estimates that one quarter of all [...]

UBET: A Practical Answer to Technological Unemployment Thumbnail

Many people who think about the future believe that robots and artificial intelligence will take most of our jobs, while many other futurists believe the advances in technology will transform work and create a net increase in jobs. Neither of the aforementioned camps can agree on a set timeline for any of this so we end up with the conclusion that at some point in the future, perhaps starting today or perhaps decades away, we may or may not see an extreme spike in unemployment due to advancements in technology and automation. Furthermore, we may or may not be able to find gainful employment for these people at some point in the remainder of their lifetimes. The solutions to these extreme positions range from a Universal Basic Income (UBI) on one end, to business as usual on the other. What [...]

Stem cells – the future: an introduction to iPS cells [video] Thumbnail

This 16 minute video, ideal for general audiences and biology students aged 16+, tells the story of one of this century’s most extraordinary scientific discoveries – induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells. Nobel prize-winning medical doctor and scientist Shinya Yamanaka describes the experiments that arose from his desire to help his spinal cord injury patients. Together with other leading stem cell researchers, Yamanaka talks about the scientific, medical and ethical implications of his discovery that mature cells, such as skin cells, can be ‘reprogrammed’ into a new type of stem cell – iPS cells – that behave like embryonic stem cells. Cameron Duguid’s distinctive and appealing animations take us inside the reprogrammed cell, and bring the science to life on screen. You can also read more about iPS cells and embyronic stem cells in our FAQ at http://tinyurl.com/ck4fhz7, and [...]

The Future of Freedom Thumbnail

The Technological Singularity has the potential to radically expand human freedom in ways previously thought impossible. We may be freed from limits that were once considered a simple part of the human condition, from death, to taxes. Faced with new technologies, certain intelligent forward-thinking people are proclaiming The end of free will, stating that we ought to simply hand over our decision making processes to algorithms or machines so that they may decide an optimal path for us, rendering us mere pieces of data to be processed. On the metaphysical side of things, the idea that humans have any freedom at all is coming under attack by philosophers such as Sam Harris, who in his book Free Will proclaims the entire concept an illusion. The problem here is twofold. Firstly, it is that the vast majority of people have a [...]

Deconstructing Socrates and the Future of Singularity 1on1: Nikola Danaylov Gets Interviewed by Trevor Haldenby Thumbnail

Every once-in-a-while, it is a good thing to do a headstand and look at the world from a different perspective. In podcasting terms that would mean putting Socrates in the hotseat and making me answer questions, rather than let me hide in asking them. And I could’t think of a person better qualified to do that than Trevor Haldenby. Trevor is one of the masterminds behind the ByoLogic BRX Virus Outbreak episode I did a couple of years ago as well as a very skilled interviewer and interactive story-teller. And so I was not surprised I had so much fun answering his questions. Hope you enjoy it too. During our 80 min interview we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: the origin story of Singularity Symposium, Singularity Weblog and Singularity 1on1; the personal fears and lack of domain knowledge [...]

Neuromorphic Chips: a Path Towards Human-level AI Thumbnail

Recently we have seen a slew of popular films that deal with artificial intelligence – most notably The Imitation Game, Chappie, Ex Machina, and Her. However, despite over five decades of research into artificial intelligence, there remain many tasks which are simple for humans that computers cannot do. Given the slow progress of AI, for many the prospect of computers with human-level intelligence seems further away today than it did when Isaac Asimov‘s classic I, Robot was published in 1950. The fact is, however, that today the development of neuromorphic chips offers a plausible path to realizing human-level artificial intelligence within the next few decades. Starting in the early 2000’s there was a realization that neural network models – based on how the human brain works – could solve many tasks that could not be solved by other methods. The [...]

Make or Break the Singularity 1on1: Crowdfunding Campaign is Live Thumbnail

  Hi, I wanted to speak to you 1on1 today. So this is not a message for everybody but just for you. Yes you – my audience, my podcast listener, my YouTube viewer, my donor and moral supporter, my fellow geek and friend. And my reason for doing what I do. I want to share 3 things with you. But before I do that let me start by saying: “Thank you for your support!” I have sacrificed a lot for the past 6 years. But this effort has not been in vain. So far I have published about 1,000 articles and produced 200 podcast episodes. Singularity 1on1 has had 4 million views on YouTube and iTunes and has been republished by major media outlets such as the BBC, TVJapan and many others. Today I reach well over 100,000 people per [...]

The Economic Singularity Thumbnail

My new book The Economic Singularity argues that in the next few decades most humans will become unemployable because machines (AI systems plus their peripherals, the robots) will be able to do anything that we can do for money cheaper, faster and better. And unlike us, their capabilities will be improving all the time. At an exponential rate, if not faster. This is far from outlandish thinking to most readers of this blog – in fact it may even be orthodoxy here. But it is still a minority view in the world at large. Most traditional economists would say it is the Luddite Fallacy. Nedd Ludd (who probably never actually existed) gave his name to bands of frightened, angry men who smashed machines in England during the early industrial revolution. They weren’t advancing any sophisticated economic argument – they were [...]

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