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 05:08
Core Conversation hosted by Reese Jones for SXSW Interactive on topic of Sex, Ego, Death, Internet and Singularities at SXSW 2014 March 10th 2014 in Austin Texas
Conversation: "Sex, Ego, Death, Internet and Singularities"
Description: Why does death relate to sex; more than being an inevitable part of life? We'll openly discuss interplay between life, ego, consciousness, relationships, orgasm, sex, death, technologies, internet and singularities -- including how your mind is connected to your body, your relationships and through the internet. You can participate in a guided discussion about interplay among mind, body, relationships, ego, sex, and death in the time of internet.
1) why does death happen for humans and how does internet change that?
2) why did sex evolve and why is sex related to death?
3) what is consciousness, unconsciousness, sleep, orgasm & flow?
4) how does ego evolve in relationships as we develop and age?
5) what is mind, a limbic system & how does limbic internet work?
Submitted by Exponential Times on Fri, 2014-03-14 01:43
This audio is taken from the documentary 'Transcendent Man'. Igloo cut the audio to explain What is Singularity in 1 minute. Hope you enjoy :)
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Nano-machines stand poised to revolutionize technology and medicine, but what happens if these minuscule beasties break their leash and run amok? Rees, the U.K.’s Astronomer Royal and prolific author (Just Six Numbers; Our Cosmic Habitat), warns that the 21st century may well witness the extinction of mankind, a doomsday more likely to be caused by human error than by a natural catastrophe. Bioterrorists are the most widely publicized threat at the moment, but well-intentioned scientists, Rees says, are capable of accidentally wiping out mankind via genetically engineered superpathogens that create unprecedented pandemics, or even through something as weird as high-energy particle experiments that backfire and cause the universe to implode. Rees poses some hard questions about scientists’ responsibility to forsake research that might lead to a malevolent genie being let out of its bottle and even to restrict the sharing of scientific information to prevent it from getting into the wrong hands. Ultimately, though, Rees sounds more alarmist than precautionary. Some may find him overly optimistic on what science will be capable of doing in the next quarter century.
Fukuyama (The End of History and the Last Man; Trust) is no stranger to controversial theses, and here he advances two: that there are sound nonreligious reasons to put limits on biotechnology, and that such limits can be enforced. Fukuyama argues that “the most significant threat” from biotechnology is “the possibility that it will alter human nature and thereby move us into a ‘posthuman’ stage of history.” The most obvious way that might happen is through the achievement of genetically engineered “designer babies,” but he presents other, imminent routes as well: research on the genetic basis of behavior; neuropharmacology, which has already begun to reshape human behavior through drugs like Prozac and Ritalin; and the prolongation of life, to the extent that society might come “to resemble a giant nursing home.” Fukuyama then draws on Aristotle and the concept of “natural right” to argue against unfettered development of biotechnology. His claim is that a substantive human nature exists, that basic ethical principles and political rights such as equality are based on judgments about that nature, and therefore that human dignity itself could be lost if human nature is altered.
Can we scientifically predict our future? Scientists and pseudo scientists have been pursuing this mystery for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years. But now, astonishing new research is revealing patterns in human behavior previously thought to be purely random. Precise, orderly, predictable patterns...
Apocalyptic AI, the hope that we might one day upload our minds into machines or cyberspace and live forever, is a surprisingly wide-spread and influential idea, affecting everything from the world view of online gamers to government research funding and philosophical thought. In Apocalyptic AI, Robert Geraci offers the first serious account of this “cyber-theology” and the people who promote it.
WorldFuture 2014 is shaping up to be another can’t-miss experience. Building on the success of the 2013 conference, 2014 will offer interactive, participatory activities, fascinating speakers on cutting-edge topics, and a luxurious resort setting.
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Paul Saffo, co-founder and managing director of Foresight at DISCERN, consulting associate professor at Stanford University, visiting scholar at Stanford Media-X.
Raj Bawa, president/patent agent, Bawa Biotech LLC, and adjunct professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Arnulfo Valdivia, director of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad. During President Peña’s tenure as State of Mexico’s governor, Dr. Valdivia served as his advisor for foreign affairs and, during the presidential transition period, as advisor for migratory issues.
Karen Moloney is a Chartered Psychologist, consultant, writer and speaker, and the founder and director of Moloney Minds.
Delos Smith is working on new initiatives by the dyslexic community that connect brain and cognitive development research, early childhood evaluation and development, and education system reforms.