Submitted by Exponential Times on Wed, 2014-05-07 07:13
Michio Kaku in Australia (June 5,6,7) Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane http://thinkinc.org.au/michiokaku String theory stems from Albert Einstein's legacy; it combines the theory of general relativity and quantum mechanics by assuming the multiverse of universes. String field theory then uses the mathematics of fields to put it all into perspectives. Dr Kaku's goal is to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one 'unified field theory', a theory that seeks to summarise all fundamental laws of the universe in one simple equation.
Think Inc. is bringing Dr Kaku to Australia this June in order to further their objective: to promote rational thought and smart discussions through a platform that is both educational and entertaining. Since 2011, Think Inc. has been celebrating science and challenging traditions.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Sun, 2014-04-27 23:24
The future by nature is always changing. But now something more important is happening: the nature of the future is changing. For the past 10,000 years or so, we faced the future by anticipating our needs and doing now what we will need then: lashing a sharp rock to a stick, gathering and drying seeds for next season's crop, designing a database application to manage payroll as our company grows. Once we've built a tool, we increase its total value by holding on to it as long as we need can. We of course still do that. But we are also seeing a new type of future emerge out of the global connectedness of the Net. The new approach says that anticipating needs and locking into solutions is sub-optimal in many important cases. For example, librarians recognize that the rise of digital content poses a fundamental challenge, and many think they therefore have to come up with tools and services that will re-invent libraries in the Age of the Net. But the problem/opportunity is too big for any one group ... even librarians. We instead need to enable any 14-year-old come up with an idea about what libraries can do and how they can be woven into the infrastructure of the Net.
Hollywood has provided some vivid images of what might happen when AI gains superhuman powers. This includes the various disasters depicted in Terminator and Transcendence. These films are science fiction, but appear to have some of their plot lines rooted in potential near-future real-world developments. Should we be worried about real-world near-equivalents of Dr Will Caster? If so, what sort of evasive action should we be taking?
This London Futurists Hangout On Air assembles an international panel of analysts who have thought long and hard about the potential of superhuman AI: Randal Koene, Calum Chace, Stuart Armstong, and Nikola Danaylov.
The panellists will be debating a number of far-reaching questions raised by recent Hollywood AI extravaganzas:
• Which elements of Transcendence are the least credible? Which elements are the most credible?
• How soon will we see the first human-level AI? Haven’t computer scientists been wrong about their predictions of timing many times before? Why should we take their latest predictions any more seriously than previous ones?
Will Romance Be Revolutionized in the Future? When We Understand Sexual Attraction - Neurologically - Will We Mutate and Manipulate It for “Transhuman” Advantages? Can Emerging Science & Technology Obliterate Loneliness? Is Marriage in Crises? Can it Be Chemically Revived? Will Cosmetic Surgery Enable Everyone to be Beautiful in Any Gender They Choose? Are Sexbots a Threat in the Bedroom? Is Pornography a Gift or a Plague? Are Artificial Wombs a Feminist Necessity? Do We All Want to Be Hermaphrodites? Or ASexual? Is the Internet Enhancing or Annihilating Intimacy? Is the Potential of “Sex Education” Still Unexplored?
on April 5 (Saturday) from 9:30am - 9pm at Piedmont Veteran’s Hall (401 Highland Avenue, Piedmont) these topics will be discussed at a symposium called:
EROS EVOLVING - THE FUTURE OF LOVE, SEX, MARRIAGE and BEAUTY (produced by TRANSHUMAN VISIONS)
Speakers: Grace Walcott, Ginger Murray, Nicole Sallak Anderson, David Fitzgerald, Valerie Tarico, Zoltan Istvan, Riva-Melissa Tez, Adam Safron, Hank Pellissier, Kevin Russell, Bill Softky, Carol Queen, Andrea Kuszewski, Sue Bratton, Jay Bookhouse, Susan Kuchinskas
Submitted by Exponential Times on Tue, 2014-03-04 08:04
This is the video recording of my presentation at the 2014 Podcamp Toronto.
This year I decided that it is best not to speak about podcasting but rather focus on issues familiar to readers of Singularity Weblog -- artificial intelligence, transhumanism and the technological singularity.
The session was intended to provide a brief introduction of the issues and to engage a broader audience of people who are generally not familiar with the topic.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Mon, 2014-03-03 05:19
Dr. Peter Diamandis - Co-Founder of Singularity University and Founder of the X-Prize - United States of America
Dr Peter Diamandis, Co-Founder of Singularity University and Founder of the X-Prize (US), spoke in the plenary session on the second day of The Government Summit about how the world would be like in 2050, and the technologies and phenomena that would make it so. He shared insights on how bright the future looks and what are the trends that will shape the world as we know it in the next 25 years.
Focusing on "breakthroughs leading to a world of abundance," Dr. Diamandis spoke of a world where the needs of every man, woman and child are met and spoke of a shift in thinking, from 150,000 years of linear and local human development that progressed in centuries and decades, to an exponential and global curve that is pushing progress in years and months.
Globally renowned as the founder of the X-prize challenge as well as other initiatives that impact citizens globally and know no boundaries, Dr. Diamandis based his picture of the future on trends that have shaped the previous 25 years, opening the audience up to some very striking possibilities.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Mon, 2014-03-03 05:04
Artificial intelligence in the future might replace professionals, as technology could automate the procedures which workers currently follow. Graeme Codrington gives his view in this TV show.
Artificial intelligence in the future - The GP