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Communicating with the universe

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Over the next million years, a descendant of the Internet will maintain contact with inhabited planets throughout our galaxy and begin to spread out into the larger universe, linking up countless new or existing civilizations into the Universenet, a network of ultimate intelligence. (updated)

Originally published in Year Million: Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge.

The Earth has already input information to… read more

Congressional hearing addresses public concerns about nanotech

Concerns about the possible negative consequences of nanotech may stifle vital nanotech research that could otherwise result in medical and other important breakthroughs. Expert witnesses at a congressional hearing recommended wider public debate, greater resources to develop defensive technology, and funding of societal, ethical, and environmental impact studies along with technology forecasting and basic science studies.… read more

Humans and Machines Converge at ACM1

Humanoid robots aren’t perfect, but they may have a thing or two to teach computers.… read more

Movie reviews: A Beautiful Mind, Vanilla Sky, Waking Life

It’s only a movie. Or is it? The three coolest films of this millennium so far tantalizingly blur the boundary between real and virtual worlds and suggest the question: Are you living in a simulation? Spoilage warning: the following reveals plot details.… read more

Surfing The Singularity: Damien Broderick

In The Spike (Forge, 2001), Damien Broderick takes us on a wild, hyperkinetic ride through some of the planet’s most imaginative ideas on the accelerating times ahead.… read more

Techies vs. Neo-Luddites: Progress Action Coalition Formed

The neo-Luddites are out in force to block new technologies such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence. The extropians are organizing to defend progress.… read more

Texas thinks small, plans Nanotech Corridor

Texas wants to be the nanotech equivalent of Silicon Valley. It has a good start north of Dallas: big bucks, top talent, leading university, and proximity to nanotech pioneering company Zyvex and the Telecom Corridor. But other centers around the country are also in the race to lead the nano world.… read more

The coming superintelligence: who will be in control?

At some point in the next several decades, as machines become smarter than people, they’ll take over the world. Or not. What if humans get augmented with smart biochips, wearables, and other enhancements, accessing massive knowledge bases ubiquitously and becoming supersmart cyborgs who stay in control by keeping machines specialized? Or what if people and machines converge into a mass-mind superintelligence?… read more

The End Of Time: A Talk With Julian Barbour

In this talk with the Edge’s John Brockman, Julian Barbour takes on the absolute framework of time. And if time truly doesn’t exist, could we, hypothetically, live forever?… read more

Want to live to 200? Being a cyborg has advantages

Ray Kurzweil predicts that human identity will be called into question by the massive computers of the future.… read more

An Inventive Author

A look at Raymond Kurzweil’s roots and beginnings in becoming an innovator.… read more

Interview with Michael Behar for a story in WIRED on Tactical Mobile Robots

Ray Kurzweil discusses how robots will think on their feet with the help of virtual reality and other technological advances.… read more

Evolution and the Internet: Toward A Networked Humanity?

Integration of human and machine will lead to an interconnected “organism”–the next major evolutionary step forward for humanity, says immunology PhD candidate Danny Belkin.… read more

Exploring the ‘Singularity’

The point in time when current trends may go wildly off the charts–known as the “Singularity”–is now getting serious attention. What it suggests is that technological change will soon become so rapid that we cannot possibly envision its results.… read more

Technotopia and the Death of Nature

There is something missing from the discussion of the technological singularity, says James Bell: the true cost of progress will mean the unprecedented decline of the planet’s inhabitants — an ever-increasing rate of global extinction, some warn.… read more

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