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Bruce Sterling Thinks Artificial Intelligence Has Jumped the Shark

Bruce Sterling Thinks Artificial Intelligence Has Jumped the Shark | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Bruce Sterling wrote influential works like Schismatrix and Islands in the Net, plus he practically invented cyberpunk (with all due respect, of course, to William Gibson and Rudy Rucker).
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David Brin here. While Bruce S is right to growl and snap at the cyber-transcendentalists (I do it plenty) I think he is too blithe about ignoring how AI is likely to come together. If you knew anything about the area where the most money is being spent on advanced software, in total secrecy, programming the new entities to be utterly ruthless, parasitical and predatory... you would shudder and know fear.

I am not talking the military... but high frequency stock trading program systems. THAt is where "skynet" may emerge, suddenly and silently. Learn more... and be afraid!"

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Jaron Lanier on Transhumanism

Jaron Lanier on Transhumanism | Global Brain | Scoop.it
I first encountered Jaron Lanier’s work when I taught his essay “One-Half of A Manifesto” to computer science students at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Pierre Tran's curator insight, July 9, 10:17 PM

Les transhumanistes sont bien obligés de reconnaître les dangers d'un "totalitarisme cybernétique" que brandit Jaron Lanier.

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Here are the most important beliefs of cybernetic totalism:

 

1) That cybernetic patterns of information provide the ultimate and best way to understand reality.


2) That people are no more than cybernetic patterns.


3) That subjective experience either doesn’t exist, or is unimportant because it is some sort of ambient or peripheral effect.


4) That what Darwin described in biology, or something like it, is in fact also the singular, superior description of all creativity and culture.


5) That qualitative as well as quantitative aspects of information systems will be accelerated by Moore’s Law.

 

And finally, the most dramatic:

6) That biology and physics will merge with computer science (becoming biotechnology and nanotechnology), resulting in life and the physical universe becoming mercurial; achieving the supposed nature of computer software. Furthermore, all of this will happen very soon! Since computers are improving so quickly, they will overwhelm all the other cybernetic processes, like people, and will fundamentally change the nature of what’s going on in the familiar neighborhood of Earth at some moment when a new “criticality”is achieved- maybe in about the year 2020. To be a human after that moment will be either impossible or something very different than we now can know.

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Airbnb CEO spells out the end game for the sharing economy, in 7 quotes

Airbnb CEO spells out the end game for the sharing economy, in 7 quotes | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Brian Chesky, wants a world more like the villages of old: highly trusting and filled with micro-entrepreneurs who shared their assets to make a living.
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California and Texas are setting record after record after record for renewables on the grid

California and Texas are setting record after record after record for renewables on the grid | Global Brain | Scoop.it
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Amazon.com: The Allure of Machinic Life: Cybernetics, Artificial Life, and the New AI (Bradford Books) eBook: John Johnston: Kindle Store

The Allure of Machinic Life: Cybernetics, Artificial Life, and the New AI (Bradford Books) - Kindle edition by John Johnston. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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Google to Spend a Billion or More on Internet Satellites

Google to Spend a Billion or More on Internet Satellites | Global Brain | Scoop.it

Internet access is common in the developed world, but many in emerging markets are just now getting online. For Google, one of the most visited sites in the world, it’s a massive growth opportunity. And they aren’t going to wait for local governments or anyone else to build the necessary infrastructure.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported the firm plans to spend $1 to $3 billion to launch a fleet of internet satellites. The satellite network would initially include 180 small satellites and might later double that number.

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How to Watch Google's I/O Developers Conference Live

How to Watch Google's I/O Developers Conference Live | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Google's annual developers conference, Google I/O, kicks off on Wednesday, and we'll likely see a preview of all the new features coming to the next generation of Android devices.
The invite-only event will be live streamed starting at 9 a.m.
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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Net Neutrality (HBO) - YouTube

Cable companies are trying to create an unequal playing field for internet speeds, but they're doing it so boringly that most news outlets aren't covering it...
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Hilarious and still frightening... must watch!

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On the Origin of Autonomy: A New Look at the Major Transitions in Evolution

This volume describes features of autonomy and integrates them into the recent discussion of factors in evolution. In recent years ideas about major transitions in evolution are undergoing a revolutionary change. They include questions about the origin of evolutionary innovation, their genetic and epigenetic background, the role of the phenotype and of changes in ontogenetic pathways. In the present book, it is argued that it is likewise necessary to question the properties of these innovations and what was qualitatively generated during the macroevolutionary transitions.
The author states that a recurring central aspect of macroevolutionary innovations is an increase in individual organismal autonomy whereby it is emancipated from the environment with changes in its capacity for flexibility, self-regulation and self-control of behavior.


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Jill Lepore: What the Theory of “Disruptive Innovation” Gets Wrong

Jill Lepore: What the Theory of “Disruptive Innovation” Gets Wrong | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Clayton Christensen’s theory of “disruptive innovation” is founded on anxiety, fear, and shaky evidence.
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Quantifying ‘Causality’ in Complex Systems: Understanding Transfer Entropy

Quantifying ‘Causality’ in Complex Systems: Understanding Transfer Entropy | Global Brain | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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Game Theory Makes New Predictions for Evolution | Simons Foundation

Game Theory Makes New Predictions for Evolution | Simons Foundation | Global Brain | Scoop.it
An insight borrowed from computer science suggests that evolution values both fitness and diversity.
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The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money: Building Creative Commons: The Five Pillars of Open Source Finance

The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money: Building Creative Commons: The Five Pillars of Open Source Finance | Global Brain | Scoop.it
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HP initiates computer revolution with machine that calculates 640TBs of data in one billionth of a second - Electronic Products

HP initiates computer revolution with machine that calculates 640TBs of data in one billionth of a second - Electronic Products | Global Brain | Scoop.it
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Gary Bamford's curator insight, June 18, 11:43 PM

"The Machine" to help "The Man" - 160 petabytes in 250 nanoseconds that should keep him busy for a while ;)

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Uber’s Brilliant Strategy to Make Itself Too Big to Ban

Uber’s Brilliant Strategy to Make Itself Too Big to Ban | Global Brain | Scoop.it
The riddle of how Uber would spend its recent billion-dollar investment wasn’t too difficult to solve. Travis Kalanick and company want to put more rides in more places.
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Nonprofit Common Crawl Offers a Database of the Entire Web, For Free, and Could Open Up Google to New Competition | MIT Technology Review

Nonprofit Common Crawl Offers a Database of the Entire Web, For Free, and Could Open Up Google to New Competition | MIT Technology Review | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Common Crawl supplies a database of over five billion Web pages in the hope that it will inspire new research or online services.
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Singularity 1 on 1: Jeremy Rifkin on the Zero Marginal Cost Society and the Decline of Capitalism

Singularity 1 on 1: Jeremy Rifkin on the Zero Marginal Cost Society and the Decline of Capitalism | Global Brain | Scoop.it
A one-of-a-kind conversation with Jeremy Rifkin discussing “The Zero Marginal Cost Society” and the decline of capitalism.
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Our Hyperconnected Future: Roundup of the 2014 MIT Tech Review Digital Summit

Our Hyperconnected Future: Roundup of the 2014 MIT Tech Review Digital Summit | Global Brain | Scoop.it

I recently attended the MIT Technology Review Digital Summit in San Francisco. The topics du jour? The disappearing computer interface, the Internet of Things, and security and privacy in our hyperconnected world.

The overriding sense is we’re taking the next step in the evolution of computing. Over several decades computers have progressed from feeble room-sized counting machines to desktop computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets.

The trend? Smaller, cheaper, more powerful, and more distributed. As Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of MIT Technology Review, noted, “Computing is disappearing into the things around us. Computing is becoming as invisible and ubiquitous as electricity.”

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Artificial Emotions - Issue 1: What Makes You So Special - Nautilus

Artificial Emotions - Issue 1: What Makes You So Special - Nautilus | Global Brain | Scoop.it

When Angelica Lim bakes macaroons, she has her own kitchen helper, Naoki. Her assistant is only good at the repetitive tasks, like sifting flour, but he makes the job more fun. Naoki is very cute, just under two feet tall. He’s white, mostly, with blue highlights, and has speakers where his ears should be. The little round circle of a mouth that gives him a surprised expression is actually a camera, and his eyes are infrared receivers and transmitters. 

“I just love robots,” says Lim, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Intelligent Science and Technology at Kyoto University in Japan. She uses the robot from Aldebaran Robotics in Paris to explore how robots might express emotions and interact with people. When Lim plays the flute, Naoki (the Japanese characters of his name translate roughly to “more than a machine”) accompanies her on the theremin or the egg shaker. She believes it won’t be too many years before robotic companions share our homes and our lives.

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Cloud Computing Could Do More to Save the Planet Than Electric Cars

Cloud Computing Could Do More to Save the Planet Than Electric Cars | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Many will tell you that we can save the planet by switching from gas-guzzling automobiles to electric cars. But Zack Rosen says there’s a better way.
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Cybercrime Remains Growth Industry With $445 Billion Lost

Cybercrime Remains Growth Industry With $445 Billion Lost | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Cybercrime remains a growth industry.
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That’s the main message from former U.S. intelligence officials, who in a report today outlined scenarios for how $445 billion a year in trade theft due to computer hackers will worsen. They warned that financial companies, retailers and energy companies are at risk from thieves who are becoming more sophisticated at pilfering data from their servers. The outlook “is increased losses and slower growth,” with no “credible scenario in which cybercrime losses diminish,” according to the report published by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. Some of the damage will be hard to trace, such as economic downturns caused by foreign competitors selling products based on stolen designs and financial markets undermined by hackers.
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Study: 7 in 10 concerned about security of Internet-of-Things - PCWorld (blog)

Study: 7 in 10 concerned about security of Internet-of-Things - PCWorld (blog) | Global Brain | Scoop.it
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The Internet-of-Things is a thing.
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A Social Brain Is a Smarter Brain

A Social Brain Is a Smarter Brain | Global Brain | Scoop.it
And that's good news for open innovation.
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Smart technologies meet social synergy

Smart technologies meet social synergy | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Obviously, smart technologies generate a horizontal network of social synergy for the distribution of labor, meanwhile imperialism rests on a rigid division of labor controlled and governed by a hierarchical-tree system.
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How tech's new wave turned UK on to winning ways

How tech's new wave turned UK on to winning ways | Global Brain | Scoop.it
London's tech economy is booming as apps and games made there entertain the world and experts predict the first global trillion-dollar company will rise in the UK, most likely in big data. What is the secret to this rapid success?
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Gary Bamford's curator insight, June 22, 1:59 AM

Bring it on ...

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The Beginning and the End - The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective

The Beginning and the End - The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective | Global Brain | Scoop.it

In this fascinating journey to the edge of science, Vidal takes on big philosophical questions: Does our universe have a beginning and an end, or is it cyclic? Are we alone in the universe? What is the role of intelligent life, if any, in cosmic evolution? Grounded in science and committed to philosophical rigor, this book presents an evolutionary worldview where the rise of intelligent life is not an accident, but may well be the key to unlocking the universe's deepest mysteries. Vidal shows how the fine-tuning controversy can be advanced with computer simulations. He also explores whether natural or artificial selection could hold on a cosmic scale. In perhaps his boldest hypothesis, he argues that signs of advanced extraterrestrial civilizations are already present in our astrophysical data. His conclusions invite us to see the meaning of life, evolution, and intelligence from a novel cosmological framework that should stir debate for years to come.

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