During 2010-12, noted AI researcher and long-time Humanity+ Board member Ben Goertzel conducted a series of textual interviews with researchers in various areas of cutting-edge science — artificial general intelligence, nanotechnology, life extension, neurotechnology, collective intelligence, mind uploading, body modification, neuro-spiritual transformation, and more. These interviews were published online in H+ Magazine, and are here gathered together in a single volume. The resulting series of dialogues treats a variety of social, futurological and scientific topics in a way that is accessible to the educated non-scientist, yet also deep and honest to the subtleties of the topics being discussed.
Between Ape and Artilect is a must-read if you want the real views, opinions, ideas, muses and arguments of the people creating our future.
- Pei Wang: What Do You Mean by “AI”? - Joscha Bach: Understanding the Mind - Hugo DeGaris: Will There be Cyborgs? - DeGaris Interviews Goertzel: Seeking the Sputnik of AGI - Linas Vepstas: AGI, Open Source and Our Economic Future - Joel Pitt: The Benefits of Open Source for AGI - Randal Koene: Substrate-Independent Minds - João Pedro de Magalhães: Ending Aging - Aubrey De Grey: Aging and AGI - David Brin: Sousveillance - J. Storrs Hall: Intelligent Nano Factories and Fogs - Mohamad Tarifi: AGI and the Emerging Peer-to-Peer Economy - Michael Anissimov: The Risks of Artificial Superintelligence - Muehlhauser & Goertzel: Rationality, Risk, and the Future of AGI - Paul Werbos: Will Humanity Survive? - Wendell Wallach: Machine Morality - Francis Heylighen: The Emerging Global Brain - Steve Omohundro: The Wisdom of the Global Brain and the Future of AGI - Alexandra Elbakyan: Beyond the Borg - Giulio Prisco: Technological Transcendence - Zhou Changle: Zen and the Art of Intelligent Robotics - Hugo DeGaris: Is God an Alien Mathematician? - Lincoln Cannon: The Most Transhumanist Religion? - Natasha Vita-More: Upgrading Humanity - Jeffery Martin & Mikey Siegel: Engineering Enlightenment
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Rob Nail walks into the room looking like a Silicon Valley Doctor Who as played by David Tennant - tailored suit, 3D-printed trainers and the Californian twist on the sonic screwdriver, Google Glass.
But despite spending most of his days predicting what the future will look like, he doesn't want to become a time lord.
"I feel more like a robot," says the chief executive of the Singularity University (SU).
He thinks that the gap between humans and robots is closing as biology and silicon increasingly collide.
He reels off examples.
Bionic eyes that combine a Google Glass device with a tiny electrode in the retina and will be available in the US for partially-sighted people in a few weeks' time. It is only a matter of time before they filter down to the wider public. "Useful for pilots.," he says.
He describes apps for the next-generation Google Glass that will allow users to read the heat maps of people's faces to tell if someone is lying or not. "They will either be banned or become a must-have in the world's boardrooms."
And the first re-engineered human is not far off, either. "It will come within the next year, probably initially to offset some disease," he predicts.
"If you want to be at the head of the class in future you are going to have to be enhanced," he says matter-of-factly.
"What is making people sit up and take notice of SU is the fact that it has identified a range of disruptive technologies - innovations that can disrupt existing markets - that it believes will change the world, from digital manufacturing to biotechnology, from robotics to artificial intelligence.
As well as highlighting the role they will play in future society, SU also has the modest ambition of using them to solve what it calls the "grand global challenges" - poverty, energy, food, education and disease..."
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