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A "Complex" Theory of Consciousness

A "Complex" Theory of Consciousness | Global brain | Scoop.it
rst, conscious states are highly differentiated; they are informationally very rich. You can be conscious of an uncountable number of things: you can watch your son’s piano recital, for instance; you can see the flowers in the garden outside or the Gauguin painting on the wall. Think of all the frames from all the movies you have ever seen or that have ever been filmed or that will be filmed! Each frame, each view, is a specific conscious percept.
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Google’s New Computer With Human-Like Learning Abilities Will Program Itself

Google’s New Computer With Human-Like Learning Abilities Will Program Itself | Global brain | Scoop.it
The computer is currently being developed by the London-based DeepMind Technologies, an artificial intelligence firm that was acquired by Google earlier this year. Neural networks — which will enable the computer to invent programs for situations it has not seen before — will make up half of the computer’s architecture. Experts at the firm hope this will equip the machine with the means to create like a human, but still with the number-crunching power of a computer, New Scientist reports.

In two different tests, the NTM was asked to 1) learn to copy blocks of binary data and 2) learn to remember and sort lists of data. The results were compared with a more basic neural network, and it was found that the computer learned faster and produced longer blocks of data with fewer errors. Additionally, the computer’s methods were found to be very similar to the code a human programmer would’ve written to make the computer complete such a task.

These are extremely simple tasks for a computer to accomplis
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Google's latest object recognition tech can spot everything in your living room

Google's latest object recognition tech can spot everything in your living room | Global brain | Scoop.it
Automatic object recognition in images is currently tricky. Even if a computer has the help of smart algorithms and human assistants, it may not catch
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Robo Brain is Learning from the Internet

Robo Brain is Learning from the Internet | Global brain | Scoop.it
Robo Brain is now at work examining images and concepts available on the Internet so that it can teach robots how to recognize, grasp and manipulate objects and predict human behavior in the environment.

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Kevin Kelly - What Technology Wants

Kevin Kelly - What Technology Wants | Global brain | Scoop.it

This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not just a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. Kelly looks out through the eyes of this global technological system to discover "what it wants." Kelly uses vivid examples from the past to trace technology's long course, and then follows a dozen trajectories of technology into the near future to project where technology is headed.

 

This new theory of technology offers three practical lessons: By listening to what technology wants we can better prepare ourselves and our children for the inevitable technologies to come. By adopting the principles of pro-action and engagement, we can steer technologies into their best roles. And by aligning ourselves with the long-term imperatives of this near-living system, we can capture its full gifts.


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The Asymptotic Leap's curator insight, May 19, 2014 8:01 PM

"What Technology Wants" is one compelling, insightful treatise on the profound intersection of technology and evolution. For anyone who has any interest at all in this topic (i.e. YOU -- for why else would you be reading what I post), this book is truly a must-read. While reading this remarkable book, I felt it articulated a narrative I've been trying to piece together in my mind for decades.

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How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the Ultimate AI Brain | Business | WIRED

How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the Ultimate AI Brain | Business | WIRED | Global brain | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, Kurzweil moderated a live Google hangout tied to a release of the upcoming Will Smith film, “After Earth,” presumably tying the film’s futuristic concept to actual futurists. The discussion touched on the necessity of space travel and the imminent resolution of the world’s energy problems with solar power. After the hangout, Kurzweil got on the phone with me to explore a few issues in more detail.
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Stephen Wolfram's Introduction to the Wolfram Language - YouTube

Stephen Wolfram's Introduction to the Wolfram Language - YouTube | Global brain | Scoop.it
Stephen Wolfram introduces the Wolfram Language in this video that shows how the symbolic programming language enables powerful functional programming, query...
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Why Watson and Siri Are Not Real AI

Why Watson and Siri Are Not Real AI | Global brain | Scoop.it
While the face of the artificial intelligence field today is IBM's Watson or Apple's Siri, cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter says these have nothing to do with thinking machines. Hofstadter tells PopMech why we're off the path of programming real AI
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The #crowd a study of the popular #mind by gustave le bon circa 1896 !!

The Crowd a Study of The Popular Mind by Gustave Le Bon


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Claude Emond's curator insight, January 10, 2014 10:29 AM

How much have we changed ?? :)

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▶ What Will You Do With Watson? - YouTube

▶ What Will You Do With Watson? - YouTube | Global brain | Scoop.it
IBM Watson is defining a new era of cognitive technology. This generation of problem solvers is going to learn much faster with IBM Watson. And Watson, in tu...

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Google in Jeopardy: What If IBM's Watson Dethroned the King of Search? | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Google in Jeopardy: What If IBM's Watson Dethroned the King of Search? | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Global brain | Scoop.it
After the initial Jeopardy excitement, most people forgot about Watson, the first computer ever to pass the Turing Test. But we need to pay attention, and now.
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New Google Research Project Can Auto-Caption Complex Images

New Google Research Project Can Auto-Caption Complex Images | Global brain | Scoop.it
Once you can do that, you can also try to create a full natural language descri
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Siri's Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask | WIRED

Siri's Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask | WIRED | Global brain | Scoop.it
Viv was named after the Latin root meaning live. Its San Jose, California, offices are decorated with tchotchkes bearing the numbers six and five (VI and V in roman numerals). Ariel Zambelich When Apple announced the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011, the headlines were not about its speedy A5 chip or improved camera. Instead…
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Baidu says its massive deep-learning system is nearly complete

Baidu says its massive deep-learning system is nearly complete | Global brain | Scoop.it
Baidu says its 100-billion-neuron deep learning system will be complete within six months, powering a fast transition away from text as the dominant search input. Thanks to smartphones and its new Baidu Eye technology, the company expects voice and image search to dominate within five years.
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Is This the Exascale Breakthrough We've Been Waiting For?

Is This the Exascale Breakthrough We've Been Waiting For? | Global brain | Scoop.it
An animated video, narrated by the inimitable Professor Heinz Wolff, popped up on YouTube last month, detailing a prototype optical processor with some rem
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Artificial Intelligence to make lawyers redundant | Machines Like Us

Artificial Intelligence to make lawyers redundant | Machines Like Us | Global brain | Scoop.it
Ipselex, a secretive Hong Kong artificial intelligence company, today announced the launch of its web platform.
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Network #Awareness. An episode with Howard Rheingold | @hrheingold

Howard Rheingold is a visionary writer and teacher on the subjects of new media and technology. He is the author of many books - his latest being "Net Smart". He…

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Laurent Alexandre : "La stratégie secrète de Google apparaît…" - leJDD.fr

Laurent Alexandre : "La stratégie secrète de Google apparaît…" - leJDD.fr | Global brain | Scoop.it
INTERVIEW - Laurent Alexandre, expert en technologies du futur, analyse le nouveau rôle de Google dans nos vies et dans nos sociétés.
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A Call for Comments - A Matrix of Currently Contributing Technology and Social Factors Causing the Acceleration of Human Evolution

A Call for Comments - A Matrix of Currently Contributing Technology and Social Factors Causing the Acceleration of Human Evolution | Global brain | Scoop.it

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 From postimg.org - Today, 3:45 PM

I would greatly appreciate feedback on this matrix I've put together. I've attempted to show what I see as the areas that are the essential, most compelling components of the rapidly emerging paradigm in which must become dominant before we destroy ourselves (or throw human evolution back thousands of years). This is by no means exhaustive or likely even accurate, just the start of something that's been rattling around my brain, which I decided to put down on pixels. 

 

Please pardon the ads at the bottom of the page (quite the opposite of human evolution). I put this large image in a free web image site as not all readers use Twitter or Tumblr.

 - Asymptote Rider

Stuart M. Lawson's comment, February 3, 2014 9:13 PM
Very Interesting. I think you should upload it to imgur.com instead- then throw a post onto reddit.com/r/futurology and explain the matrix a bit more, perhaps explain how you feel they contribute and where you think it is all headed. I think you'll get a lot of good responses there.
The Asymptotic Leap's comment, February 4, 2014 12:38 AM
Thanks for this, Stuart. Great suggestions.
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A new digital ecology is evolving, and humans are being left behind

A new digital ecology is evolving, and humans are being left behind | Global brain | Scoop.it
Incomprehensible computer behaviors have evolved out of high-frequency stock trading, and humans aren't sure why. Eventually, it could start affecting high-tech warfare, too.
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luiy's curator insight, December 2, 2013 7:36 AM

Consequently, computer scientists are taking an ecological perspective by looking at the new environment in terms of a competitive population of adaptive trading agents.

“Even though each trading algorithm/robot is out to gain a profit at the expense of any other, and hence act as a predator, any algorithm which is trading has a market impact and hence can become noticeable to other algorithms,” said Neil Johnson, a professor of physics at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami (UM) and lead author of the new study. “So although they are all predators, some can then become the prey of other algorithms depending on the conditions. Just like animal predators can also fall prey to each other.”

 

When there’s a normal combination of prey and predators, he says, everything is in balance. But once predators are introduced that are too fast, they create extreme events.

"What we see with the new ultrafast computer algorithms is predatory trading,” he says. “In this case, the predator acts before the prey even knows it's there."

 

Johnson describes this new ecology as one consisting of mobs of ultrafast bots that frequently overwhelm the system. When events last less than a second, the financial world transitions to a new one inhabited by packs of aggressively trading algorithms.

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Ken Jennings: Watson, Jeopardy and me, the obsolete know-it-all | Video on TED.com

Trivia whiz Ken Jennings has made a career as a keeper of facts; he holds the longest winning streak in history on the U.S. game show Jeopardy. But in 2011, he played a challenge match against supercomputer Watson -- and lost.
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