January 11, 2013
Video Source: Audi of America
Doug Wolens | The Singularity is defined as the point in time when computer intelligence exceeds human intelligence. This notion of superhuman machines has long served as fodder for tales of science fiction. Yet most scientific leaders argue that these changes are inevitable, based on the accelerating rate of technological progress.
Clearly, some emerging technologies could have unknown consequences that could lead to catastrophic events or be abused for… read more
Video Source: Doug Wolens
Happy Endings Film Fest | “Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity” is a brilliant animation short by Lew Keilar and was a 2012 Happy Endings FilmFest finalist. This is a whiteboard animation explaining, in three minutes, the Technological Singularity concept made famous by Vernor Vinge, Ray Kurzweil, and other futurists.
Credits: Illustrated, shot, edited, and co-written by Lew Keilar. Stephen Smith, co-writer and collaborator, aka BirdInHandLane. Jeff Duff, music.… read more
Aaron Sims | RL7 is an eight-foot-tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past.
Directed by Aaron Sims and starring Robert Joy (Land of the Dead, CSI:NY) and David Anders (Heroes, 24).
“Thanks for all the… read more
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The outcomes of recent experiments in quantum physics show that “particle” and “wave” are concepts we latch on to because they seem to correspond to guises of matter in our familiar, classical world. But attempting to describe true quantum reality with these or any other black-or-white concepts is an enterprise doomed to failure.
Video Source: New Scientist
During our conversation with Dr. Kurzweil we cover a wide variety of topics such as: how and why at age 5 Ray decided to become an inventor; his unique background of being born to Jewish parents but brought up in a Unitarian Church; his early interest in issues such as religious tolerance, poverty, social inequality and justice; 3D printing, open source, patents, progress and intellectual property rights; Watson, artificial intelligence,… read more
Video Source: Singularity Weblog
Google Project Glass | We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.
A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and… read more
Video Source: Project Glass
Dr. Seth Shostak participates in the search for extraterrestrial life at the SETI Institute. He heads up the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Committee, and hosts a weekly radio show, “Big Picture Science”. Shostak has published more than 400 popular articles on science, and his most recent book is Confessions of an Alien Hunter, A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Life (National Geographic). Shostak is also an accomplished photographer. His photos… read more
Video Source: TED
Singularity Hub’s Keith Kleiner interviews Ray Kurzweil about his new book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.
Video Source: Singularity Hub
A video produced by TranshumanistForums with audio excerpt from Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity Is Near, describing “the six epochs of technology evolution.”
Video Source: TranshumanistForums / The Singularity Is Near
TED | Jack Andraka: Detecting pancreatic cancer. Fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka recently won the world’s largest high school science competition for his development of a new, cheap and accurate test for detecting pancreatic cancer. Jack was the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search Grand Prize Winner.
TED | “Detecting pancreatic cancer early: Q&A with 15-year-old Jack Andraka”
Wikipedia | Jack Andraka
Forbes |… read more
A great clip from the BBC’s Horizon programme in 1964. Arthur Charles Clarke was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, most famous for the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey.
He was also a host and commentator in the British television series “Mysterious World.”
For many years, with Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke were known as the “Big Three” of science fiction.… read more
Video Source: BBC
Honda’s new UNI-CUB personal mobility device is designed for “harmony with people.” Featuring a compact design and saddle, the UNI-CUB offers the same freedom of movement in all directions that the average person has while walking.
Video Source: SportsCarIllustrated