Financial Times | As Intel co-founder’s law slows, a rethinking of the chip is needed

August 10, 2015

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Financial Times — July 16, 2015 | Richard Waters

Rather than doubling the number of transistors on an integrated circuit every two years — the rate of progress since Intel co-founder Gordon Moore made his famous prediction Moore’s law 50 years ago — the period has stretched out to two and a half years.

That will have a deep effect on technology. It implies the chip industry’s extra computing power, over the next decade, will be only half what it would… read more

The Huffington Post | Transhumanism is booming and big business is noticing

August 10, 2015

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The Huffington Post — July 17, 2015 | Zoltan Istvan

Honestly, no one knows the answers definitely yet, but here are the best tactics so far. Inventors like Google’s Ray Kurzweil believe it can be done with machines and mind uploading.

Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence Foundation Chief Scientist and Transhumanist Party anti-aging advisor, Aubrey de Grey, PhD believes it can be done with biology and medicine.

Others believe big data can find out the very best ways to achieve… read more

The Daily Dot | Artificial intelligence will make religion obsolete within our lifetime

August 10, 2015

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The Daily Dot — Aug 5, 2015 | Dylan Love

The singularity is a hypothesized time in the future, approximately 2045, when the capabilities of non-living electronic machines will supersede human capabilities.

Undismissable contemporary thinkers like Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Ray Kurzweil warn us that it will change everything. Hawking likens it to receiving a message from aliens announcing their arrival in “a few decades,” saying this is “more or less” what’s happening with artificial intelligence software.

Talk of the singularity ripples with… read more

Politico | Americans are living longer, what if that’s a disaster?

August 4, 2015

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Politico — August 1, 2015 | Michael Grunwald

Gordon Woo, PhD is a Cambridge mathematician and MIT theoretical physicist who now works for the consultancy Risk Management Solutions, analyzing catastrophic risks.

Journalist Michael Grunwald talked to Woo about what he’s learned about old age — its consequences, what kinds of people are most likely to achieve it, what kinds of medical advances are likely to prolong it.

And what it means for public and private finances… read more

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists | Is artificial intelligence really an existential threat to humanity?

August 4, 2015

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Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists — July 30, 2015 | Edward Moore Geist

Superintelligence, the book by Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom, PhD, is the culmination of intellectual trends mounting for decades, with a significant mainstream following.

Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google, is an apostle for the notion that self-improving artificial intelligence will bring about a tech revolution he calls the singularity.

In his vision, uploaded human minds will merge with AI to live forever in android bodies or as computer… read more

The Huffington Post | Dear Ray Kurzweil

July 27, 2015

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The Huffington Post — June 30, 2015 | Kevin F. Adler

Dear Ray Kurzweil,

You connected Singularity University to my work with one simple insight: stories were the first invention. Life is pretty short in prehistoric times if the story of the lion behind the rock is not effectively communicated.

My passion is not for technology for technology’s sake, but for people and for the power of technology to unlock our potential as a community.

When you speak of… read more

Austin American Statesman | The singularity may be near as machines get faster and smarter

July 25, 2015

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Austin American Statesman — July 13, 2015 | Omar L. Gallaga

You may already be familiar with the concept of singularity. It’s a futuristic idea about a time when artificial intelligence would advance to the point where it can self design and improve and, in some readings of the term, leave humans in the dust in terms of intelligence and perhaps even sentience.

The term dates back to the late 1950s to mathematician John von Neumann and was popularized later… read more

Council on Foreign Relations Foreign Affairs | The coming robot dystopia, all too inhuman

July 20, 2015

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Council on Foreign Relations Foreign Affairs — July & August 2015 | Illah Reza Nourbakhsh

As robotic prosthetics enter the mainstream, they will house sensors and cloud connected software that will exceed the human body’s ability to sense, store, and process information.

The first step in what futurists such as Hans Moravec, PhD and Ray Kurzweil have dubbed “transhumanism” — a post-evolutionary transformation that will replace humans with a hybrid of man and machine. It is merely a matter of time before human-robot couplings… read more

Information Systems Audit & Control Association | Cybersecurity, the singularity and the rise of the silicon based life form

July 16, 2015

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Information Systems Audit & Control Association — July 16, 2015 | Jeff Hudson

The singularity, a term coined by science fiction writer Vernor Vinge and popularized by futurist Ray Kurzweil, strikes fear into some of those familiar with artificial intelligence.

Simply put, The singularity will come to pass once artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence.

Those that fear the singularity worry that we will create an artificial life form to do our bidding, which will, in an ironic twist, rise up and… read more

Bloomberg | Google’s new AI can answer dumb IT questions or tell you the meaning of life

June 25, 2015

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Bloomberg — June 25, 2015 | Jack Clark

The search giant Google has a fresh development in artificial intelligence that could one day lead to a wise personal assistant.

The research is part of a larger effort within Google to develop conversational AI tools.

Deep Mind, a Google research group in London, has created an AI capable of learning how to play video games without instructions. Geoff Hinton, a distinguished researcher at Google, is working on what’s known as thought vectors, which distill… read more

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