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This introductory talk to the Singularity Summit 2011 differs from other talks to be given in that it does not attempt to look forward but rather looks backward in time over the interval to identify and track the progress in technologies, and plots the metrics that are presumably relevant to any future Singularity. The Singularity […]
I.J. Good’s “intelligence explosion” is the rapid transition from greater-than-human artificial intelligence to superintelligence. I will give a philosophical analysis of the argument for an intelligence explosion. Paper can be found here: http://consc.net/papers/singularity.pdf
Human+ Bodies with Second Skins are operating in Second Life, shape shifting with fluid identities and extruded selves. Hybrids, Cybrids and Chimeras proliferate. EMS and Exoskeltons actuate and animate paralysed limbs. Organ Printing, Epidermal Electronics, Hydraulic Hearts and Nanobots generate alternate architectures. Machines have become soft and small. Bodies have become cyborgs of meat, metal […]
Augustin Cournot is famous for the principle that an event of small probability singled out in advance will not happen. Yet Dick Cheney is famous for his “1% doctrine”: “if there’s a 1% chance that Pakistani scientists are helping Al Qaeda build or develop a nuclear weapon, we have to treat it as a certainty […]
Is there a problem? Well, the Crown Casino is raking in zillions of dollars, politicians are conning the populace with meaningless statistics, religious leaders are conflating coincidences into proof of higher beings, and on and on. So, yes, there is a problem. We are all constantly finding ourselves in situations that involve randomness and uncertainty. […]