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ask Ray | Physics pioneer David Deutsch, PhD says human level artificial intelligence is possible

January 1, 2000

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Dear readers,

This is a question from Jacob Sparks who’s the boyfriend of my daughter Amy Kurzweil. He’s working on his PhD in philosophy. His dissertation is on moral epistemology — the philosophical basis of moral systems.

Considering the future of artificial intelligence and its capacity to reflect human ethics, decision making and evaluating priorities is a key focus for theorists who plan for computers to evolve our… read more

Google announces plan to destroy all information it can’t index

August 31, 2005

Source: The Onion — August 31, 2005

Executives at Google announced Monday Google Purge, the latest step in their expansion effort: a far-reaching plan to destroy all the information it is unable to index.

“A year ago, Google offered to scan every book on the planet for its Google Print project. Now, they are promising to burn the rest,” John Battelle wrote in his widely read “Searchblog.” “Thanks to Google Purge, you’ll never have to worry… read more

Dr. Steel’s ‘Singularity’ from People of Earth

January 15, 2011

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Dr. Steel’s track “The Singularity,” from his 2002 album People of Earth, below.

Wikipedia | Doctor Steel is an American musician located in Southern California, popular in the Steampunk, Goth, and Rivethead scenes. He has performed on rare occasions with a “backup band”, claiming that a fictitious robot band had malfunctioned. Shows have incorporated puppetry, multimedia and performances by his streetread more

book review | The Department of Mad Scientists

January 14, 2010

The Department of Mad Scientists

Source: The New York Times — December 24, 2009 | William Saletan

“The Body Electric” | Two years ago, in his book Rocketeers, Michael Belfiore celebrated the pioneers of the budding private space industry. Now he has returned to explore a frontier closer to home. The heroes of his new book, The Department of Mad Scientists, work for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, a secretive arm of… read more

HUMOR | Found: Hawking’s initials written into the universe

February 8, 2010

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Source: New Scientist Space — February 7, 2010

The Wilkinson Anisotropy Microwave Probe (WMAP) team points out that if something as unlikely as Hawking’s initials can be found in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) data, the chances of finding other apparently improbable patterns may also be quite high, and asks readers to mark the shapes they find in the CMB image.

“If you think you can see your initials, the face of Jesus or a unicorn,… read more

humor | Forbidden Gates: GRIN Technology & Spiritual Warfare — no kidding, actual book

September 7, 2010

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Source: Tom and Nita Horn — August 26, 2010

Health Tips | How to keep heart- and brain-healthy and raise a healthier child

December 17, 2010 by David Despain

Bridging heart and mind

Stay heart-healthy to keep the brain healthy. Heart attacks and Alzheimer’s disease share a common genetic basis. Keep blood pressure and cholesterol under control to ward off both [Università di Bologna].

Increase your levels of HDL cholesterol. This “good” cholesterol, which is heart-healthy, also reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease when you’re older [Archives of Neurology]. To raise HDL levels, eat… read more

I am the very model of a Singularitarian

February 22, 2011

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“I Am the Very Model of a Singularitarian” by and featuring Charlie Kam, to the tune of “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical The Pirates of Penzance.

Video Source: Charlie Kam

Onion News Network | Ear of genetically modified corn begs for death

April 28, 2011

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Source: Onion News Network

Onion News Network | In the Daily Briefing, Tucker Hope reports that a cob of bioengineered corn in Iowa begged to be killed.

Related:
The Onion | CynGen press release
The Onion | Genetically modified food activity around the nation
The Onion | collection of articles on genetically modified organisms
Onion News Network

BOOK REVIEW | Augmented Animals

May 4, 2005

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Source: Wired News — May 3, 2005

James Auger in his controversial new book, Augmented Animals, envisions animals, birds, reptiles and even fish using specially engineered gadgets to help them overcome their evolutionary shortcomings.

He imagines rodents zooming around with night-vision survival goggles, squirrels hoarding nuts using GPS locators and fish armed with metal detectors to avoid the angler’s hook.

Multiple stab wounds may be harmful to monkeys

October 21, 2010

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Source: The Onion — February 27, 2008

Repeatedly stabbing monkeys with sharpened objects may have an adverse effect on their health, according to a new study.

Spinner | Bright Eyes album The People’s Key inspired by Kurzweil and Singularity themes

December 21, 2010

The People's Key album

Source: Spinner — December 21, 2010 | Dan Reilly

Conor Oberst, of the band Bright Eyes, discusses inspirations behind their album, The People’s Key, on AOL’s Spinner music magazine:

Spinner | Are there any books or authors in particular that influenced the album?

Conor Oberst: “I don’t know if you’re familiar with the theory of Singularity. This guy, Ray Kurzweil, who was the inventor of early synthesizers, he has this theory — a few… read more

A global viral vector: reality check

May 31, 2013 by Andrew Hessel

bio-chrime prophesy

In Dan Brown’s Inferno [see book review | Dan Brown’s Inferno], an airborne virus permanently modifies the DNA in human cells in one third of the population of the world.

We asked synthetic biologist/genomic futurist Andrew Hessel to comment on this scenario (his co-authored “The Bio-Crime Prophecy” is the cover story in the current issue of Wired UK).

Q: How realistic is Brown’sread more

book review | Technology’s Promise: Expert Knowledge on the Transformation of Business and Society

January 28, 2010

Author: William Halal
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN-10: 0230019544
ISBN-13: 9780230019546
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Technology’s Promise: Expert Knowledge on the Transformation of Business and Societybrilliantly deals with the co-evolution of technology, business and society. It is a concise but complete “history of the future,” covering most scientific and technological fields, with specific scenarios until 2050 and with general ideas for the future of humanity.… read more

The Matrix loses its way: Reflections on The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded

May 19, 2003 by Ray Kurzweil

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The Matrix Reloaded is crippled by senseless fighting and chase scenes, weak plot and character development, tepid acting, and sophomoric dialogues. It shares the dystopian, Luddite perspective of the original movie, but loses the elegance, style, originality, and evocative philosophical musings of the original.… read more

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