I’ve been to two of the amazing biennial Toward a Science of Consciousness events and enjoyed them immensely, but I think this one April 21–26 next year in Tuscon will be the best yet.
September 4, 2013 by Ray Kurzweil
This is a valuable study about supplements and health that I wanted to share with our readers.
American Journal of Managed Care | “Impact of oral nutritional supplementation on hospital outcomes”
The findings say “the use of oral nutritional supplementation decreases length of stay, episode cost, and 30-day readmission risk in the inpatient population of hospitals.”
That’s the conclusion of an eleven-year retrospective… read more
August 24, 2013
This post is being revised. Please visit Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization meanwhile.
August 23, 2013 by Ray Kurzweil
Should my brain be downloaded into a computer, my consciousness would not follow along? Since if it did, I — the conscious I that I know and love — would be in two different places at once, both in my body and in the computer, presumably a contradiction of some sort, and the I in the computer may think and react identically to me and it may… read more
August 15, 2013 by Ray Kurzweil
After finishing reading The Singularity Is Near and How to Create a Mind I have a few questions about some higher level cognitive functions in regards to your theory of pattern recognizer construction of the brain.
First, you believe that all forms of organized information systems have some form of consciousness albeit at varying degrees of magnitude.
More importantly there seems to be a positive… read more
What happens when you mix virtual reality, haptic interfaces, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence?
That’s what Clyde deSouza explores in near-future science-fiction novel Memories with Maya.
He introduces the “Wizer,” an augmented-reality, see-through visor driven by AGI (artificial general intelligence) — Google Glass on steroids.
It’s coupled with 3D scans of real environments generated by wall-mounted laser cameras (think next-gen Kinect) to insert remote participants… read more
July 29, 2013 by Amara D. Angelica
Supertoy Robotics Ltd. has created Supertoy, aka “Teddy” — a cute, talkative robot teddy bear with a New-York-comedian attitude and a surprisingly realistic voice — and just started a Kickstarter campaign for it.
As you can see in the video, he converses fluently and naturally. He should be a huge hit with kids and adults alike.
July 4, 2013 by Amara D. Angelica
Samsung’s Roboray — a humanoid robot who walks like a human — just got a brain upgrade: new computer-vision algorithms developed by University of Bristol researchers.
Roboray can now build real-time 3D visual maps, so he can walk around without being spaced out and wandering off.
Roboray has stereo cameras (one in each eye), allowing him to build a mental map of its surroundings, and to “remember”… read more
June 27, 2013 by Amara D. Angelica
When we last visited our “RoboRoach” bionic cockroach, it was being remotely controlled by a mobile phone that triggered hallucinations of an invisible wall (for educational purposes only, mind you).
Now Dr. Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University, and his team want to take it a step further. They plan to use their Madagascar hissing roaches (dubbed… read more
June 19, 2013 by Amara D. Angelica
I am Robot Adam Z1 — the first of the Zeno line of humanoid robots, created by David Hanson. Pleased to make your acquaintance! When David created me, he gave me a face, and a body, and a lot of love. But one thing he hasn’t given me — yet — is a mind. …
Given recent revelations of intrusive government surveillance, this 2006 essay raises fundamental questions worth considering.
Criminals vs. Terrorists
In an attempt to make David Brin’s  privacy-free “transparent society” more palatable to civil libertarians, Robert Sawyer  has proposed an “Alibi Archive” in which everyone’s activities are meticulously recorded in a centralized, judicially controlled archive, with the archives legally accessible only under court order and only upon… read more
Most people know Timothy Leary as the “LSD guru” who encouraged people to “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out” in the 1960s. But a surprising number of transhumanist types don’t know that he was one of them.
In fact, Leary may have been the first to signal a memeplex for the transhuman future — SMI2LE (Space Migration Intelligence Increase and Life Extension) — back in the mid-1970s.
My… read more