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Explore the most important technology and science trends! News, Analysis, Interviews, Presentations, Documentaries. All in one place at Tracking the future magazine
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The Age of Anatta Machines: Kicking the Ghosts out of AI

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The Singularity is not a religion; the pursuit of AI is not a religion. It seems like it is enough to ignore spirituality and claim the scientific ground. But that is not enough. For it is only when we seek the opposite of spirituality – when the barrier between the self and the other begins to fade – that we can hope to find a way to create entities that may peacefully transcend current human constraints.

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Will Life Extension Mean the End of Religion?

Will Life Extension Mean the End of Religion? | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

The invention of true immortality will be a sharp discontinuity with everything that came before, demanding a completely new model of human life and society.

What happens when death is no longer inevitable? What will happen in a world where, barring rare accidents, people must choose to die? Will theists choose their faith in an afterlife over the certainty of an earthly life?

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Pinocchio's Lament : An Alternative Transhumanist Scenario

Pinocchio's Lament : An Alternative Transhumanist Scenario | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

The question of A.I rights, liberties and freedom has always seemed like a sort of candidate for a Prime Directive i.e. exactly how far should we allow an A.I. which has achieved sentience to self-evolve? At what point do our fail-safes break down, and we find that A.I.’s have simply liberated themselves against our best safe-guards and that A.I.’s as a result of usurping power over their own dominion have taken options, made decisions which directly impact on our own survival, and where do the rights of the sentient artificial life-form fit in to this moral quagmire?

Our usual predictably dystopian vision of the evolution of the Artificially Intelligent which infests the realm of public consciousness like a cultural artifact may not necessarily come to pass however, as A.I.’s may one day evolve sufficiently to recognize the value of data input in it’s all multifaceted forms, which tends to create a balanced perspective and a richer view of reality that engages not only cogent, rational intelligence but other ways of interpreting reality, other forms of data such as something akin to emotional intelligence.

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Goodbye Religion? How Godlessness Is Increasing With Each New Generation

Goodbye Religion? How Godlessness Is Increasing With Each New Generation | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it
This demographic transformation has been in progress ever since World War II, but in recent years it's begun to seriously pick up steam.
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Very interesting and sometimes heated conversation with Michio Kaku

The technological revolution of the 20th century has brought the world unprecedented prosperity as well as unimaginable horrors. Will science liberate humanity or shackle it like never before? To hash out these issues, Oksana is joined by Dr Michio Kaku, a world-renowned theoretical physicist and author.

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Hans Rosling: Religions and babies

Hans Rosling had a question: Do some religions have a higher birth rate than others -- and how does this affect global population growth? Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, he graphs data over time and across religions. With his trademark humor and sharp insight, Hans reaches a surprising conclusion on world fertility rates.

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World building 302: Psychology, beliefs, and other times

"The past is a different country; they do things differently there."

In my last essay I discussed the likely and predictable environmental and technical constraints on writing fiction set in the 21st century, specifically looking at 2032 and 2092 as yardsticks. But I said virtually nothing about probably the most important factor in defining what our world might look like in the near future — namely, how we perceive it, and how our perception of our world feeds back into the way we behave (and how this in turn determines its shape).

This is of necessity a much fuzzier and more incoherent, flexible view of the future. But let's start with the predictive element that looks most likely — that the future will be about cities full of elderly people who are afraid of the sky — and then ask what this means.

- by Charles Stross

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