This isn’t a complete review of Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence (2014), but a summary of the thoughts that came to my mind while and after reading the book.
My 2009 article “I am a Singularitian who does not believe in the Singularity” started interesting online discussions [ExI] [SL4]. I wrote this revised version after reading “Is It Time to Give Up on the Singularity?” on io9, by George Dvorsky and Ramez Naam.
io9 has an article by George Dvorsky about “The Worst Lies You’ve Been Told About the Singularity.” The article has provoked interesting discussions. My comments below.
book review | William Hertling’s Singularity series continues with The Last Firewall, KurzweilAI – William Hertling’s science-fiction collection of Singularity novels about the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) consists (so far) of Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears, A.I. Apocalypse, and the recently published The Last Firewall.
In an article on The Telegraph, Royal Astronomer Sir Martin Rees writes on post-biological evolution, immortality, the Singularity, vast oceans of yet unknown science, and synthetic realities created by super-advanced civilizations.
The 2nd International Global Future 2045 congress will cover global challenges and science mega-projects to address them, as well as insights on these matters from various spiritual traditions. The premise is that humanity needs a scientific revolution and significant spiritual changes that will be inseparably linked, supporting and supplementing each other. Continue reading Science and spirituality at Global Future 2045
This science fiction short story by Ed Merta first appeared on Transhumanity in 2002. Transhumanity was the late lamented magazine of the World Transhumanist Association (now Humanity+). I was editor of Transhumanity at the time.
This apocalyptic science fiction short story by Ed Merta first appeared on Transhumanity in 2002. Transhumanity was the late lamented magazine of the World Transhumanist Association (now Humanity+). I was editor of Transhumanity at the time.
“We will not become immortal cyborgs with superintelligent computer friends in the next twenty years,” writes Annalee Newitz on io9. “There is strong evidence that humans first began exploring the oceans by boat about 50 thousand years ago… What if our space probes and the Curiosity rover are the equivalent of those reed boats thousands of years ago? It’s worth pondering. We may be at the start of a long, slow journey whose climactic moment comes thousands of years from now.” My short answer: So what? Continue reading Slow progress of fast McSingularity? Or what?
I will give a talk on the Singularity in Madrid on September 22. My talk will be a simple and fairly standard overview of the Singularity, with some (less standard) considerations on Singularity politics and spirituality. Continue reading Talk in Madrid — A spectre is haunting the world: Is the Singularity near?
The Singularity meets Eastern mysticism in Human+, by U.K.-based writer and journalist Martin Higgins, a just-published science-fiction page-turner inspired by of futures studies, psychic spy research, and the transhumanist movement. Required reading for Turing Church discussions. See also this review on KurzweilAI. Continue reading Human+, a novel about transhumanism and spirituality by Martin Higgins