Joseph Carvalko is a lawyer with many decades of experience who bravely sued the Secretary of Defense and the President of the United States for deserting a POW in Korea. Carvalko is also an engineer and inventor with 10 patents in fields spanning bio-medicine, electronics and the financial services.
Joseph is the author of an interesting and very well researched book titled The Techno-Human Shell: A Jump in the Evolutionary Gap, as well as a poet, jazz pianist and a cyborg. And so it wasn’t hard to see that Carvalko would make a great guest for Singularity 1 on 1 the moment I met him.
During our conversation with Joseph we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: his unique path to starting up a legal practice as a trial lawyer; how and why he sued the Secretary of Defense and the President of the United States, and his consequent book We Were Beautiful Once; the story of how he himself became a cyrborg as the genesis for The Techno-Human Shell; whether copyright and patents hurt or promote progress; NSA surveillance programs such as PRISM; the Turing Test and legal rights for Artificial Intelligence; his take on the technological singularity…
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Who is Joseph Carvalko?
Joe Carvalko, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has traveled throughout the world and lived variously between the Southwest, Mid-west, the South, and the Northeast coast. He writes about his experience across a wide variety of genres including, fiction, poetry, science, technology and law.
Most recently Carvalko authored We Were Beautiful Once: Chapters from a Cold War (Sunbury Press, 2013), a fiction inspired by a case he tried against the U.S. government for an accounting of a Korean War soldier it claimed was MIA. The trial was featured in a 2004 documentary Missing, Presumed Dead: The Search For America’s POWs narrated by Ed Asner.
Joe also authored The Techno-Human Shell: A Jump in the Evolutionary Gap (Sunbury Press, 2012), about how future medical technology will transform us into part cyborg.
In 2012, he was one of two finalists for the Red Mountain Press, top poetry honors for The Interior; and one of three finalists for the 2012 Esurance Poetry prize for The Road Home.
Currently Carvalko is under contract to publish Law, Science and Technology for American Bar Association Publishing. Shortly, Anapora Literary Press will publish Notes Out Of Time-Verse In Five Moments, a memoir in poetry. When not writing, he is Adjunct Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University, School of Law, a member of the Community Bioethics Forum, Yale School of Medicine and a member of the Yale Technology and Ethics working group, a jazz pianist and a member of a pride of four 4 cats.