Call for Papers The Second International Conference on Anticipation
(Sep 23, 2016)
The 2nd International Conference on Anticipation provides an interdisciplinary meeting ground in which researchers, scholars and practitioners who are seeking to understand anticipation and anticipatory practices can come together to deepen their understanding and create productive new connections.
IEET Affiliate Scholar Franco Cortese Published New Paper
(Sep 15, 2016)
IEET Affiliate Scholar Franco Cortese has published a new paper in the August Issue of Rejuvenation Research with co-author Dr. Giovanni Santostasi of Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.
IEET Affiliated Scholar Nikola Danaylov Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Singularity1on1 (Sep 14, 2016)
IEET Affiliate Scholar Franco Cortese appointed an Affiliated Researcher of the BGRF (Sep 13, 2016)
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Exponential Impact at the Singularity University Global Summit
by David Orban
Sep 25, 2016 • (0) Comments • Permalink
At Singularity University we address the world’s greatest challenges, through the application of exponential technologies, spreading knowledge through conferences, educating through our courses, and creating, accelerating and funding startups.
Competitive Cognitive Artifacts and the Demise of Humanity: A Philosophical Analysis
by John Danaher
Sep 24, 2016 • (1) Comments • Permalink
David Krakauer seems like an interesting guy. He is the president of the Santa Fe institute in New Mexico, a complexity scientist and evolutionary theorist, with a noticeable interest in artificial intelligence and technology. I first encountered his work — as many recently did — via Sam Harris’s podcast. In the podcast he articulated some concerns he has about the development of artificial intelligence, concerns which he also set out in a recent (and short) article for the online magazine Nautilus.
Critical Nature of Emotions in Artificial General Intelligence
by David J. Kelley
Sep 23, 2016 • (1) Comments • Permalink
This paper reviews the key factors driving the Independent Core Observer Model Cognitive Architecture for Artificial General Intelligence specific to modeling emotions used to drive motivational and decision making processes in humans; as it relates to or inspires the ICOM motivational systems. Emotions in ICOM are key elements of the ability to be self-motivating and make decisions. Behavioral tuning research case work around motivations in ICOM, as seen in the series 4 ICOM Isolation Studies designed to validate the series 4 model versus series 3 model and used to bench mark as well as tune the ICOM emotional processing core, are presented. Detailed is the reasoning for emotions in ICOM as used as a method of tagging ideas, concepts, and experiences for evaluation. Such emotions are the driving force behind the ICOM system’s subjective experiences.
Will human enhancement cause problems for interpersonal communication?
by John Danaher
Sep 22, 2016 • (0) Comments • Permalink
China Mieville’s novel Embassytown is a challenging and provocative work of science fiction. It is set in Embassytown, a colonial outpost of the human-run Bremen empire, located on Arieka, a planet on the edge of the known universe. The native alien race are known as the Ariekei and they have an unusual language. They have two speaking orifices and as a result speak two words at the same time.
Computers and Law Special Edition on Algorithmic Governance
by John Danaher
Sep 21, 2016 • (0) Comments • Permalink
As part of the Algocracy and Transhumanism project I am running, myself and my colleague Dr. Rónán Kennedy put together a special edition of the journal/magazine Computers and Law on the topic of algorithmic governance. It consists of a diverse range of articles on the increasingly prominent role of algorithms in decision-making, and the implications this has for the law. The special edition arose from a workshop we held on the topic back in March 2016.
A Free Education for all the World’s People: Why is this Not yet a Thing?
by Eliott Edge
Sep 20, 2016 • (2) Comments • Permalink
When we as a global community confront the truly difficult question of considering what is really worth devoting our limited time and resources to in an era marked by such global catastrophe, I always find my mind returning to what the Internet hasn’t really been used for yet—and what was rumored from its inception that it should ultimately provide—an utterly and entirely free education for all the world’s people.
Decadent Europe’s Islamist Dystopia
by Rick Searle
Sep 19, 2016 • (1) Comments • Permalink
Sometimes I get the feeling that the West really is intellectually and spiritually bankrupt. I take my cue here not from watching Eurovision or anything like its American equivalent, but from the fact that, despite how radically different our circumstance is from our predecessors, we can’t seem to get beyond political ideas that have been banging around since the 19th century. Instead of coming up with genuine alternatives we rebrand antique ideas. After all, isn’t “fully automated luxury communism” really just a technophilic version of communism which hopes to shed all association with breadlines or statues of strapping workers with hammers in their hands? Let’s just call the thing Marxism and get it the hell over with.
Alcor Life Extension Foundation sponsors health clinic in Nyakiyumbu, Uganda
by Hank Pellissier
Sep 18, 2016 • (0) Comments • Permalink
The Alcor Life Extension Foundation, the “world leader in cryonics, cryonics research, and cryonics technology”, is sponsoring a health clinic for orphans in the impoverished village of Nyakiyumbu, Uganda.
Defining the Blockchain Economy: What is Decentralized Finance?
by Melanie Swan
Sep 17, 2016 • (0) Comments • Permalink
The aim of this article is to explore the intersection of blockchain technology and finance from a practical, theoretical, and conceptual standpoint.
A Way Forward
by Stephen Yearwood
Sep 16, 2016 • (0) Comments • Permalink
In its “Vision”statement IEET says that the “liberal democratic revolution” is “still growing strong.” These days, it is difficult to find evidence in support of that statement.
Skeletal Analysis Suggests Lucy Died After Falling From a Tree
by George Dvorsky
Sep 14, 2016 • (0) Comments • Permalink
The world’s most famous human ancestor, an extinct hominid named Lucy, died after falling from a tall tree, according to scientists. It’s a revelation that points to tree-dwelling behavior in recent evolutionary history, but some scientists aren’t convinced.
Alien Hunters Spot Freaky Radio Signal Coming From Nearby Star
by George Dvorsky
Sep 13, 2016 • (1) Comments • Permalink
Astronomers using the RATAN-600 radio telescope in the Russian Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia have detected an unusual signal emanating from a star located about 94 light-years from Earth. It’s not clear if the signal is being transmitted by aliens, but the researchers say we should keep a close watch on this intriguing new extraterrestrial candidate.
Mylan’s New Generic EpiPen is Still Too Goddamned Expensive
by George Dvorsky
Sep 12, 2016 • (0) Comments • Permalink
Pharmaceutical company Mylan has announced plans to launch its first generic EpiPen. But at a cost of $300—which is half of the branded product’s list price—it’s still a heap of money for this critically important medicine.
Science Fiction! Science Fiction!
by David Brin
Sep 11, 2016 • (1) Comments • Permalink
An apropos moment for a SF’nal posting, as I report to you all from the World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, MO. Many fascinating people saying an doing interesting things. Lots of discussion of “da future.” And congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Hugo Award! But that will wait a bit. For now…
Transhumanisme et quête de sens
by Alexandre Maurer
Sep 10, 2016 • (0) Comments • Permalink
Le transhumanisme peut être un moyen de donner plus de sens à l’humanité. Essayons d’expliquer pourquoi.
Calling All Parents: Don’t Let Calculus I Be the End!!!!
by Nicole Sallak Anderson
Sep 9, 2016 • (1) Comments • Permalink
In a recent article published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), author Maggie Kuo wrote,
Science: A long, long road to… us
by David Brin
Sep 8, 2016 • (1) Comments • Permalink
== Lottsa Luca ==
Luca, the Last Universal Common Ancestor, is estimated to have lived some four billion years ago, when Earth was a mere 560 million years old. For a long time the three great domains of life—bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes—seemed to have no common point of origin. But now scientists have zeroed in on 355 genes that probably originated in Luca, the joint ancestor of bacteria and archaea (and hence us eurkaryotes)… and thus they stumbled onto strong indications of conditions for the origin of all Earthly life. Because those 355 genes point very strongly at deep sea volcanic vents – “the gassy, metal-laden, intensely hot plumes caused by seawater interacting with magma erupting through the ocean floor.”
Akashic Physics Aand Engineering, Video Q/A with Ralph Abraham And Sisir Roy
by Giulio Prisco
Sep 7, 2016 • (1) Comments • Permalink
I hosted an online VR/video chat with mathematician Ralph Abraham and physicist Sisir Roy, authors of “Demystifying the Akasha: Consciousness and the Quantum Vacuum.” Full video, slides, and first impressions below.