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Transhumanism and the Human Expansion into Space: a Conflict with Physics

Transhumanism and the Human Expansion into Space: a Conflict with Physics | Geek au sens large | Scoop.it
I have long had misgivings about large aggregations of computing nodes forming a mind because of speed-of-light delays. That will reduce “thinking speed,” since a mind cannot “be of one mind” if much it is not aware of the current situation due to speed-of-light delays.

There is an analogous problem within a culture. We have a world culture today headed toward a monoculture because electronic communications on fiber optics has cut the delay to getting information from one side of the world to the other to sub-seconds. It hasn’t always been this way.

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Why Cyberconsciousness Won’t Take Aeons to Evolve - Transhumanity.net

Why Cyberconsciousness Won’t Take Aeons to Evolve - Transhumanity.net | Geek au sens large | Scoop.it

Humanity is devoting some of its best minds, from a wide diversity of fields, to helping software achieve consciousness. The quest is not especially difficult as it is a capability that can be intelligently designed; there is no need to wait for it to naturally evolve.

Compared with biology, vitological consciousness will arise in a heartbeat. This is because the key elements of consciousness – autonomy and empathy – are amenable to software coding and thousands of software engineers are working on it. By comparison, the neural substrate for autonomy and empathy had to arise in biology via thousands of chance mutations. Furthermore, each such mutation had to materially advance the competitiveness of its recipient or else it had only a slight chance of becoming prevalent.


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A Survey of Futuristic Floating Cities - Flavorwire

A Survey of Futuristic Floating Cities - Flavorwire | Geek au sens large | Scoop.it

Floating cities might seem like something straight out of the science fiction book you picked up at the airport on a whim and couldn’t finish, but the concept may just save our world’s coastal dwelling, climate-affected souls. Because rising sea levels and extreme weather have become more common than not, we thought we’d take a look at some of the most interesting water-based design ideas out there. From an elegant urban solution mimicking lily pads that houses 50,000 people to a wetropolis that naturally filters its own water supply, click through to check out innovative urban design for a more sustainable future.

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Fermi paradox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fermi paradox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Geek au sens large | Scoop.it

The Fermi paradox (or Fermi's paradox) is the apparent contradiction between high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilization and humanity's lack of contact with, or evidence for, such civilizations.

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Physicists say there may be a way to prove that we live in a computer simulation

Physicists say there may be a way to prove that we live in a computer simulation | Geek au sens large | Scoop.it
Back in 2003, Oxford professor Nick Bostrom suggested that we may be living in a computer simulation.
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Intensely Detailed Drawings of Secret Rooms and Complex Mazes - Flavorwire

Intensely Detailed Drawings of Secret Rooms and Complex Mazes - Flavorwire | Geek au sens large | Scoop.it

Our favorite art is that which expands infinitely off the page, infecting our minds and inspiring imaginary additions for days. Canadian illustrator Mathew Borrett’s incredible, mysterious drawings of mazes within scraps of building, secret compartments within secret compartments, and locked away rooms, which we spotted over at Beautiful/Decay, do just that, sending our minds in as many directions as their shifty hallways. After all, these surrealistic depictions of buildings might as well be metaphoric depictions of mind… or maybe not. Think on that as you click through to see some of our favorites from the series, and then head on over to Borrett’s website to check out even more of his work.

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Researchers Propose Space-Time Crystal as Perfect Clock, Will Probably Destroy Universe

Researchers Propose Space-Time Crystal as Perfect Clock, Will Probably Destroy Universe | Geek au sens large | Scoop.it
An international team of researchers led by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have proposed a way to build a clock so perfect, it would keep ticking long after the universe is rendered a cold dead place.
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Could someone really destroy the whole Internet?

Could someone really destroy the whole Internet? | Geek au sens large | Scoop.it

In just 40 years, our whole civilization has become dependent on the Internet, in more ways than we could count. So when you hear activist groups threatening to crash the whole thing, or doomsday preppers warning of a global Internet failure, it's pretty scary.

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Kinetic Rain, une installation dynamique et poétique dans un aéroport

Kinetic Rain, une installation dynamique et poétique dans un aéroport | Geek au sens large | Scoop.it

Une somptueuse installation poétique dans le Terminal 1 du Changi Airport intitulée Kinetic Rain. Réalisée par Art+Com, cette installation inspirée d’une sculpture de 2008, comporte 608 gouttes de pluie en aluminium léger recouvertes de cuivre. Suspendus par des files en acier, elles nous proposent de superbes chorégraphies orchestrées par les calculs d’un ordinateur.

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Simulated Brain Ramps Up To Include 100 Trillion Synapses

Simulated Brain Ramps Up To Include 100 Trillion Synapses | Geek au sens large | Scoop.it

The Sequoia supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, recently crowned world champion of supercomputers, just simulated 10 billion neurons and 100 trillion connections among them--the most powerful brain simulation ever. IBM and LLNL built an unprecedented 2.084 billion neurosynaptic cores, which are an IBM-designed computer architecture that is designed to work like a brain.

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Why Living Cells Are The Future Of Data Processing

Why Living Cells Are The Future Of Data Processing | Geek au sens large | Scoop.it
Not all computers are made of silicon.By definition, a computer is anything that processes data, performs calculations, or uses so-called logic gates to...

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Interview with New Singularity Institute Research Fellow Luke Muehlhauser: September 2011 | Singularity Institute

Interview with New Singularity Institute Research Fellow Luke Muehlhauser: September 2011 | Singularity Institute | Geek au sens large | Scoop.it

A smarter-than-human machine intelligence that benefits (rather than harms) society is called “Friendly AI.” My primary research focus is what we call the problem of “friendliness content.” What does it look like for an AI to be “friendly” or to “benefit” society? We all have ideas about what a good world looks like and what a bad world looks like, but when thinking about that in the context of AI you must be very precise, because an AI will only do exactly what it is programmed to do.

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Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics,Artificial Intelligence,and Virtual Reality: Robert Geraci: Amazon.com: Books

Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics,Artificial Intelligence,and Virtual Reality [Robert Geraci]

"Having had a long standing interest in the concepts of artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual existence, and mind uploading, and extremely intrigued by the possibilities that may be opening up within the next fifty years as technology continues its exponential curve of advancement, I was very excited to get my hands on this book. [...]"

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Mysterious Algorithm Was 4% of Trading Activity Last Week

Mysterious Algorithm Was 4% of Trading Activity Last Week | Geek au sens large | Scoop.it
A single program that placed orders — and subsequently canceled them — made up 4 percent of all quote traffic in the U.S. stock market last week. The motive of the algorithm is still unclear.
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Microscopic wasps might have "clockwork" brains

Microscopic wasps might  have "clockwork" brains | Geek au sens large | Scoop.it
The neural pathways that make up the brain arguably represents the most fiendishly complex electrical system in the cosmos, but what if not every brain is actually electrical?
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Memetics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Memetics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Geek au sens large | Scoop.it

Memetics is a theory of mental content based on an analogy with Darwinian evolution, originating from the popularization of Richard Dawkins' 1976 book The Selfish Gene. It purports to be an approach to evolutionary models of cultural information transfer.

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The New MakerBot, Replicator 2, Brings Us Ever Closer to a Sci-Fi Future

The New MakerBot, Replicator 2, Brings Us Ever Closer to a Sci-Fi Future | Geek au sens large | Scoop.it
MakerBot Industries, the aptly named company that makes MakerBots, has just released their newest impressive printer-that-could.
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