The Best Singularity and Transhumanist Themed Films To Watch (So Far)

Advantageous
In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite the instability surfacing in their world.
Director: Jennifer Phang
Writers: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang
Stars: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams

Her
A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.
Director: Spike Jonze
Writer: Spike Jonze
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson

Ex Machina
A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking female A.I.
Director: Alex Garland
Writer: Alex Garland
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac

Chappie
In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Writers: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
Stars: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman

Automata
Jacq Vaucan is an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation who investigates cases of robots violating their primary protocols against altering themselves. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.
Director: Gabe Ibáñez
Writers: Gabe Ibáñez, Igor Legarreta, 1 more credit »
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Dylan McDermott

The Machine
In efforts to construct perfect android killing machines in a war against China, UK scientists exceed their goal and create a sentient cyborg.
Director: Caradog W. James (as Caradog James)
Writer: Caradog W. James (as Caradog James)
Stars: Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson

Robot and Frank
Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.
Director: Jake Schreier
Writer: Christopher D. Ford (screenplay) (as Christopher Ford)
Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon

The Congress
An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn’t consider.
Director: Ari Folman
Writers: Stanislaw Lem (novel), Ari Folman (adaptation)
Stars: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm

Limitless
With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.
Director: Neil Burger
Writers: Leslie Dixon (screenplay), Alan Glynn (novel)
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish

Lucy
A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
Director: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi

Inception
A thief who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page

Moving beyond Bitcoin toward the coming massive disruption of the Blockchain

Blockchain is the underlying protocol behind crypto-currencies like bitcoin, but it is so much more and has promising applications far beyond mere monetary exchange systems. The days of trusted 3rd parties are numbered, at present all business models based on the notion of charging individuals for facilitating financial transactions from the simple to the most complex are over. The Blockchain will change the way we conduct transactions of all kinds. All units of exchange, a share of a company, a digital certificate, an electoral vote can all be exchanged via the Blockchain. Within the Blockchain all transactions are logged within public ledger which is then synchronized across the network. Which means transparency, consistency and accountability is built in eliminating the need for a middle man. Which brings up an interesting question; can we truly replace the bureaucracies we have come to depend on from banks, to escrow companies, payment processing firms, state and federal election commissions, transaction fee models and even the us stock-exchange with an open source distributed transaction database system? Some think so which is why Blochahain will be massively disruptive not only to economic institutions but to the very concepts of “trust”, “value” and “exchange”. In short Blockahain will be huge perhaps even more significant than the internet, there is simply no other way to say it. Our EBG staff has taken the deep dive on Blockchain here is the best of what we found from around the web.

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The World in 2050 by Dr. Peter Diamandis

“Dr Peter Diamandis, Co-Founder of Singularity University and Founder of the X-Prize (US), spoke in the plenary session on the second day of The Government Summit about how the world would be like in 2050, and the technologies and phenomena that would make it so. He shared insights on how bright the future looks and what are the trends that will shape the world as we know it in the next 25 years.
Focusing on “breakthroughs leading to a world of abundance,” Dr. Diamandis spoke of a world where the needs of every man, woman and child are met and spoke of a shift in thinking, from 150,000 years of linear and local human development that progressed in centuries and decades, to an exponential and global curve that is pushing progress in years and months.

Globally renowned as the founder of the X-prize challenge as well as other initiatives that impact citizens globally and know no boundaries, Dr. Diamandis based his picture of the future on trends that have shaped the previous 25 years, opening the audience up to some very striking possibilities.
“In 10 years from now, 40% of the current Fortune-500 companies will not exist,” said Dr. Peter Diamandis.
“We’ve seen a 150,000-times improvement in computing power in 25 years,” he noted. “In next 25 years, computers will be everywhere,” he said.

Talking about Linear vs. Exponential growth, he says, the difference is either “disruptive stress or opportunity,” depending on the point of view. Using an example of a kid who has created a brand new technology in his garage juxtaposed the giant conglomerate this technology is going to drive out of business, Diamandis explains the different points of view of this disruption in human development. He cited Kodak’s fall from imaging giant in 1999, with a $28B market cap and 140,000 employees, to bankruptcy in 2012, put out of business by the same technology developed within their offices, by engineer Steven Sasson. Sasson developed a “.01 megapixel camera the size of an oven toaster and showed it to Kodak,” Diamandis noted, who turned it down because of its infantile capabilities, choosing instead to focus on their high-resolution film photography.” Source: https://www.thegovernmentsummit.org/en/index.html