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The virtual life
About immersive selves and augmented reality
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The Bio-intelligence Explosion – David Pearce

The Bio-intelligence Explosion – David Pearce | The virtual life | Scoop.it

How recursively self-improving organic robots will modify their own source code and bootstrap our way to full-spectrum


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Emergence of the Human 'SuperBrain' 75,000 Years Ago

Emergence of the Human 'SuperBrain' 75,000 Years Ago | The virtual life | Scoop.it

If the human race manages to redesign itself, to reduce or eliminate the risk of self-destruction, we will probably reach out to the stars and colonize other planets. 

 

 


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Rapture of the nerds: will the Singularity turn us into gods or end the human race?

Rapture of the nerds: will the Singularity turn us into gods or end the human race? | The virtual life | Scoop.it

Hundreds of the world’s brightest minds — engineers from Google and IBM, hedge funds quants, and Defense Department contractors building artificial intelligence — were gathered in rapt attention inside the auditorium of the San Francisco Masonic Temple atop Nob Hill. It was the first day of the seventh annual Singularity Summit, and Julia Galef, the President of the Center for Applied Rationality, was speaking onstage. On the screen behind her, Galef projected a giant image from the film Blade Runner: the replicant Roy, naked, his face stained with blood, cradling a white dove in his arms.

At this point in the movie, Roy is reaching the end of his short, pre-programmed life, “The poignancy of his death scene comes from the contrast between that bitter truth and the fact that he still feels his life has meaning, and for lack of a better word, he has a soul,” said Galef. “To me this is the situation we as humans have found ourselves in over the last century. Turns out we are survival machines created by ancient replicators, DNA, to produce as many copies of them as possible. This is the bitter pill that science has offered us in response to our questions about where we came from and what it all means.”


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