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#Singularity University, les technologies exponentielles | #transhumanism

#Singularity University, les technologies exponentielles | #transhumanism | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Cette université un peu particulière, qui considère que les technologies bouleversent fondamentalement l'humanité, se délocalisera deux jours en Europe en novembre.
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Cela dit, les membres de la Singularity University reconnaissent que la tâche ne sera pas aisée. Paradoxalement, le terme de « singularité », emprunté à la physique, désigne un événement sans précédent, d'une telle ampleur qu'il empêche totalement de prévoir ce qui arrivera ensuite – à l'image des phénomènes inconnus se développant aux abords d'un trou noir...

 

Neil Jacobstein n'imagine pas que les technologies exponentielles provoquent un bouleversement aussi radical, mais il entrevoit un risque majeur, déjà évoqué par Ray Kurtzweil, inventeur du concept de singularité dans cette nouvelle acception :

 

« Certains humains s'intégreront de plus en plus aux systèmes d'intelligence artificielle, selon un mode opératoire encore inédit. Par contre, ceux qui seront exclus de ce niveau d'interconnexion avec les machines ne comprendront plus du tout le nouveau monde. »

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Return to Eden? Promises and perils on the road to a Global Superintelligence | #singularity

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Psychological parasites.

 

Mind viruses (Brodie, 1996) can be defined as parasitic memes. A meme is an idea, belief or  behavior that spreads across society by being transmitted from person to person (Heylighen & Chielens, 2008). Successful memes tend to exhibit characteristics such as plausibility, simplicity, novelty, usefulness, emotional impact, and ease of communication. As long as a meme provides valuable information, its propagation benefits society. However, parasitic memes mimic the characteristics of beneficial memes in order to spread more easily, while providing information that is worthless, wrong, or even dangerously misleading (Heylighen & Chielens, 2008). Examples include chain letters, false rumors, urban legends, hate speech, conspiracy theories, superstitions, extremist ideologies, and various fundamentalist and irrational beliefs.

 

Such memes are particularly dangerous to individuals who already have lost their sense of reality by their immersion in supernormal and flow-producing stimulation environments, and who thus are ready to embrace the false promises of a mind virus. Because they spread across communities while indoctrinating their carriers, mind viruses have an even greater potential to create damage. For example, they may recruit a worldwide group of people into an absurd and destructive enterprise, such as an outbreak of gratuitous rioting, a mass suicide, a terrorist plot, or even a genocide. The ubiquitous network enhances their powers of spreading and mobilization, thus
increasing the danger (p. 24-25).

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Ray Kurzweil - Qu'est-ce que la #Singularité ? | #transhumanism

Ray Kurzweil - Qu'est-ce que la #Singularité ? | #transhumanism | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Prêts pour le nouveau Big Bang ?

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#Singularity University plots hi-tech future for humans I #transhumanism

#Singularity University plots hi-tech future for humans I #transhumanism | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

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.


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Singularity University is a quintessentially Silicon Valley concept. An organisation some regard almost as a cult, others treat with amusement but which few are prepared to entirely ignore.

That isn't just because it is home to some of the brightest minds on the planet. Or the fact that it is based at Nasa's research park in Mountain View and within spitting distance of the Google campus.

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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"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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50 Posts About #Cyborgs

50 Posts About #Cyborgs | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
September 2010 was the 50th Anniversary of the coining of the term 'cyborg'. Over the course of the...

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SkyNet Fans Rejoice: Scientists Develop Robot Brain Made Out of the Internet

SkyNet Fans Rejoice: Scientists Develop Robot Brain Made Out of the Internet | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
A new project aims to assist robot intelligence by using cloud based information.

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Providing robots with intelligence that deserve comparison with the human brain has been a failed ambition of the artificial intelligence movement for decades.  A new project by European Robo Earth sets out to try and close the gap.

 

It will utilize the Internet to try and assist robots with their thinking and decision making.  A web-based database of information called Rapyuta has been created by scientists.

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Is the “Technological Singularity” Plausible?

Is the “Technological Singularity” Plausible? | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

How seriously should we take the Singularity hypothesis?
Going by some of the essays and comments out there on the Web, it would seem that some do not think it should be taken seriously at all. Few who have looked into this ‘Singularity’ stuff are unlikely to miss derogatory comments, such as ‘rapture of the nerds’ or ‘it is all just science fiction’.
But, is it really sensible to be dismissive of the Singularity hypothesis? Is it sheer nonsense, or is it actually possible that we could be heading for a technological Singularity of some kind or other?


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Between Ape and Artilect. Pioneers of Artificial Intelligence | #nano #AI #cyborgs #FreeBook

Between Ape and Artilect. Pioneers of Artificial Intelligence | #nano #AI #cyborgs #FreeBook | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

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.


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- Itamar Arel: AGI via Deep Learning 

- 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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aanve's curator insight, March 8, 2014 10:03 PM

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- Itamar Arel: AGI via Deep Learning 

- 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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The Road to Superintelligence | #Singularity

The Road to Superintelligence | #Singularity | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Via Claude Emond
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One of the best descriptors of our potential future world was explored in a recent paper by cyberneticist Francis Heylighen titled: Return to Eden? Promises and Perils on the Road to Superintelligence.

 

Here I summarize the main technological mechanisms as described by Heylighen. I hope you will quickly realize the point of this exercise. In 2014, we live in a world with global brain technology.

 

Promise #1: Omniscience

Important Mechanisms:

- Semantic web

- Artificial intelligence (AI)

- Massively Online Open Courses (MOOCs)  

 

Promise #2: Omnipresence

Important mechanisms:

- Internet of things (IoT)

- Wearable/Internal computing

- Cloud computing 

 

Promise 3: Omnipotence

Important mechanisms:

- Robotics

- Nano-assemblers (3D/4D printing)

- Internet of things (IoT)

 

Promise 4: Omnibenevolence

Important mechanisms:

- Higher education

- Abundance

- Increased connectivity

 

 

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«The global brain is coming. The technology to build a global brain will come whether our institutions change or not.»

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So many questions...

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Rise of the body hackers: Google, the wearable web and #transhumanism I #cyborgs

Rise of the body hackers: Google, the wearable web and #transhumanism I #cyborgs | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
It's only a matter of time before the body hackers make their way - literally - into your life.
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"While many body hackers embrace implants that enhance seemingly minor aspects of their everyday lives, concerns about magnifying intelligence, improving physiology and extending life are at the core of both professional and amateur practices," says Clare Acheson at Stylus, a research and advisory firm who produced a report earlier this year entitled Technological Body Modification: The Search for Singularity.

 

The report explores transhumanism and the 'temporary cyborgs' as seen in YouTube sensation True Skin, but increasingly in real life via DIY creations like the EyeBorg prosthetic 'digital' eye and the sonar, UV, WiFi and temperature-aware Bottlenose from Grindhouse WetWare, an echolocation device that translates data into a magnetic field that interacts with a magnet implanted in a human body.

 

The result is that users feel vibrations and learn what they mean. One example given is that someone with an implant could tell via a vibration in their finger how strong a cafe's WiFi connection is as they walk by. Banal, but impressive.

 

The end-game for all this is 'singularity': a state of super-intelligence that could entail endless implants and body modifications - and the end of humanity as we know it. A long time before we get there, however, will be the embracing of wearable technology by the internet's biggest brands; Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.

 

It's already possible to check-in on Facebook by touching the side of theCookoo smartwatch, and such trickery on all kinds of gadgets is only a software release away. Expect to hear much about 'designing for context' as the mobile web moves into wearables.

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Will It Take The #Singularity To Save The Planet?

Will It Take The #Singularity To Save The Planet? | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
The melding of man and machine is not only an imaginable future it may be the key to sustainable and healthy living on an overcrowded planet.
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Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts that before mid-century the exponential acceleration of information technologies, robotics, medical science, and artificial intelligence will result in a “singularity," a point at which humans will essentially merge with their technology. Such an event may seem implausible, but discoveries of how technology and humans really interact are being made every day, leading one to the conclusion that it’s not an unimaginable future--and, in fact, it may be the key to sustainable living on an increasingly overcrowded planet.

 

Heart pacemakers and artificial hips already demonstrate the seeds of Kurzweil’s vision. Innovations like Google Glass could get more real-time information a lot closer to us very soon. But could we use such technology to measure what our bodies actually need and then design foods and homes that maximize our limited resources to sustain a growing population?

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FM 2030: Are You a #Transhuman? | #singularity #cyborgs

This archive file was compiled from audio of a discussion futurist FM 2030 held at the University of California, February 6th, 1994. In this discussion 2030 laid…
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In this discussion 2030 laid out an overview of his ‘transhuman’ philosophy and held a back and forth with other people present in the discussion. Discussion and debate included items such as the value of researching ‘indefinite lifespan’ technologies directly as opposed to (or in addition to) more traditional approaches, such as researching cures for specific diseases.

 

The excerpts in this archive file present a sort of thesis of FM 2030’s transhuman ideas.

 

About FM 2030: FM 2030 was at various points in his life, an Iranian Olympic basketball player, a diplomat, a university teacher, and a corporate consultant. He developed his views on transhumanism in the 1960s and evolved them over the next thirty-something years. He was placed in cryonic suspension July 8th, 2000. For more information about FM 2030, view the GPA Archive File: ‘Introduction to FM 2030’ or visit some of the following links:

 

GPA on Facebook: on.fb.me/18NiF8z
GPA on Twitter: twitter.com/GPA2030
GPA on YouTube: youtu.be/eaS9QBdVHMs

 

Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FM-2030

Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies:
ieet.org/index.php/tpwiki/Transhuman

The New York Times:
nytimes.com/2000/07/11/us/futurist-known-as-fm-2030-is-dead-at-69.html

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Tohle je moc povedený video.

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Pondering Our Cyborg Future in a Documentary About the Singularity

Pondering Our Cyborg Future in a Documentary About the Singularity | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Doug Wolens's recent documentary takes on the complex, abstract concept of the singularity, which predicts a moment when technology will give rise to intelligence beyond the scope of human imagination. It sounds like sci-fi but, Wolens and others argue, there's no denying the sweeping impact of technology on human existence and the implications are worth thinking about. In the trailer for the film, below, scientists, futurists, and other experts describe what the singularity might have in store. 


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TEDxOxford - Kevin Warwick - Cyborg Interfaces

In this talk Kevin Warwick, professor of Cybernetics at Reading University presents his talk on Cyborgs at TEDxOxford on 26th September 2011. He presents ideas on bringing back sight to the blind, allowing humans to see with sonar, and communicating with thought alone by combining artificial components with humans.


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