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Artificial Intelligence

Are You Ready To Have Sex With Robots?

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 01.30.2015 | Technology

Can a robot consent to having sex? Will an operating system replace your girlfriend? Will we able to sync to our partners' vibrators just by using our...

Why AI?

Meia Chita-Tegmark | Posted 01.28.2015 | Technology
Meia Chita-Tegmark

I have come to believe that the reason is that AI engages some of our deepest existential hopes and fears and forces us to look at ourselves in novel, unsettling ways. Even though the ways in which we are forced to face our humanity are new, the issues and questions are old.

The Internet of Things and the Race to Singularity

Daniel Newman | Posted 01.28.2015 | Technology
Daniel Newman

Where are we headed? Predictions point towards a future where devices will become our "digital shadows," a reflection of everything we are, and even hope to be. The question is: Is that a good or bad thing? And, does it even matter?

A New Default Self

Robert Fuller | Posted 01.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

The first computers were free-standing machines. Later, we learned how to hook them up and the result was an enormous increase in computing power. A parallel shift in our notion of selfhood is called for. The current default self, subscribed to by most people most of the time, is a stand-alone model. The new default self, to be posited in this essay, is more like a computer network.

Here's Why You Shouldn't Fear A Robot Apocalypse

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 01.23.2015 | Science

Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have issued grave warnings about artificial intelligence--saying it has the potential to wipe out humanity. But Dr. ...

Powers of Mind: In Praise of Subtle Actions

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

At a time when the mass of headlines seem to be about the brain, artificial intelligence, robotics, and smarter computers, not enough is said about th...

What Babies Can Tell Us About Artificial Intelligence

Alison Gopnik | Posted 01.16.2015 | Science
Alison Gopnik

We call them our kids. Computation is still the best, indeed the only, scientific explanation we have of how a physical object like a brain can act intelligently.

Autonomous or 'Semi' Autonomous Weapons? A Distinction Without Difference

Heather Roff | Posted 01.16.2015 | Technology
Heather Roff

Presently there are no autonomous weapons systems fielded. However, there are a fair amount of semi-autonomous weapons systems currently deployed, and a recent workshop on AI got me to thinking more about the line between "full" and "semi."

Zero to One: An Idea for Our Time

Max Benavidez | Posted 12.23.2014 | Business
Max Benavidez

For Thiel, the intelligently designed startup that will eventually evolve into what he calls the creative monopoly is the key to a brighter future for our world.

Can AI Save Us From AI?

Singularity University | Jason Dorrier | Posted 12.15.2014 | World

Nick Bostrom’s book Superintelligence might just be the most debated technology book of the year. Since its release, big names in tech and science, ...

Will Google Pluto Berlitz?

Steve Leveen | Posted 12.03.2014 | Technology
Steve Leveen

I find myself on a quest to learn how bilingualism might become the norm in America rather than the exception. That is, how most Americans might speak English plus another language of their choice. It seems clear that technology will play a role in accomplishing that transformation.

Stephen Hawking: AI 'Could Spell The End Of The Human Race'

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.02.2014 | Science

When it comes to advances in artificial intelligence, we've come a long way: self-driving cars are no longer limited to science-fiction novels, robots...

Trusting the Crowd and the Machines

Despina Katsikakis | Posted 01.19.2015 | Business
Despina Katsikakis

The business environment of the future needs to trust people and technology and provide flexibility and choice for employees to connect with complementary skills across a network, to work together on challenges, to learn fast, unlock their passion and improve performance.

Genetic Big Data: What It Means

Singularity University | Jason Dorrier | Posted 11.17.2014 | World

Researchers finished the first draft of the human genome in the year 2000. Although the decreasing cost of the technology has far outpaced Moore...

11 Reasons To Fear Robots (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.31.2014 | Science

All that talk about robots rising up to become our high-tech overlords is pretty far-fetched--or is it? Sure, that Roomba keeping your floors clean...

Peter Singer: 'We Need To Be More Cautious With Our Caution'

The European | Lars Mensel and Max Tholl | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

Peter Singer is the world’s most prominent and controversial moral philosopher. He talked with Lars Mensel and Max Tholl about techno-skepticism...

Musk Issues Big Warning About Artificial Intelligence

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 10.27.2014 | Science

Elon Musk is no Luddite, but that doesn't mean he's eager to embrace all new technology. "I think we should be very careful about artificial intell...

Should a Transhumanist Run for US President?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

I'm in the very early stages of preparing a campaign to try to run in the 2016 election for US President. I'll be doing it as a transhumanist for the Transhumanist Party, a political organization I recently founded that seeks to use science and technology to radically improve the human being and the society we live in.

Artificial Intelligence Opens a New Window to the Universe

Lior Shamir | Posted 12.02.2014 | Science
Lior Shamir

Robotic telescopes constantly collect astronomical data and generate enormous astronomical databases. But these huge databases are of almost no value unless there are tools that can analyze them and turn them into knowledge.

The Morality of Artificial Intelligence and the Three Laws of Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.02.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

I'm all for development of superior machine intelligence that can help the world out with its brilliant analytical skills. But programming AI with mammalian ideas, modern-day philosophies, and the fallibilities of the human spirit is dangerous and will possibly lead to total chaos.

Could Artificial Intelligence End the Electronic Medical Record Nightmare?

Kevin R. Stone, M.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin R. Stone, M.D.

The point is, we can all talk. We just can't type and hunt and peck efficiently. And "Siri" could both listen and add the information we may never have even learned in medical school, making both the patient and the doctor smarter.

Two A.I. Chatbots Talk About Life, Argue About Everything

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.29.2014 | Weird News

When you meet someone for the first time, chances are you don't start talking about the fourth dimension, reincarnation or the meaning of life within...

Reconstructing Grandma: How New Technology Can Let Loved Ones Live 'Virtually' Forever

Michael Chang | Posted 11.23.2014 | Technology
Michael Chang

Technology is advancing so quickly in the areas of video, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and predictive software, that it may be possible in the future to 'reconstruct Grandma,' to put together all the personal data we have.

The Future of Getting Lost

Mark Fallows | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Fallows

As controllers of technology, individually and collectively, we must balance technological connection with disconnection, have the discipline to lose ourselves in our unconscious minds, and have the focus to listen to our souls.

When Robots Take Over Most Jobs, What Will Be the Purpose of Humans?

Stowe Boyd | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Stowe Boyd

Soon, all that will be left for human beings will be the non-routine, creative work.