In this honest and frank set of interviews Hugo de Garis speaks on a huge range of topics from cyborgs and their possible impacts on global society, to early human augmentations and how they could serve to cause humanity to redefine what it is to be human. de Garis never pulls punches when it comes to expressing his point of view, in fact it much of what he has to say may seem abhorrent to some, nevertheless here he shares his views seemingly without filter, speaking on the power of high technology and it’s transformative effects on individuals around the world as well as those that are threatened by the current pace of technological change in the pre Singularity era.
Cyborgs, Early Human Augmentations
The Power of Technology, Industrial Revolution vs The Singularity, Luddites
Approaches to AI, Neuroscience, Engineering, intelligence Theory, Cyborgs
The Singularity – Species Dominance, World Views, Majority, Deism
Researchers and theorists in the Transhumanist movement will meet in Melbourne Australia this May to bring together thinkers from across the world to explore the implications of a broad range of emerging technologies poised to transform the ways in which we live. The conference will address topics in AI, robotics, genetics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, life extension and the technological singularity. Speakers will include; Dr Aubrey de Grey Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation, artist and designer Natasha Vita-More director of the Transhumanist Arts and Culture World Center and president of the Extropy Institute and many others. We have seen all too often in the media times when new technologies are presented in an inaccurate or sensational way leading to public misunderstandings and fear. Interestingly one of the main goals of the conference is to strategize methods for ensuring that the increased public awareness of these ideas and technologies are presented in a positive light.
For many the advent of intelligent machines marks either the dawn of a new technological age or the start of doomsday. The reality however may be far different than we can possibly imagine. In this TED talk Jürgen Schmidhuber explores the possible future scenario when the power of intelligent machines surpasses the power and capability of the human brain. Creative machines that can learn, adapt and evolve could fundamentally transform life as we know it. The tools and applications of such a technological development at this point in time are difficult to imagine. If Schmidhuber is correct it could be the machines themselves that bring about the next wave of scientific and technological solutions mankind needs to overcome the complex problems we face as a species.
In this concept video “Kara” is a humanoid robot that becomes self-aware and ultimately exceeds the limitations of its intended programming. It is a story that has been told many times before, the difference now in the 21st century is that we are starting to see the faint outline of a world populated by intelligent machines, humanoid robots and augmented humans. Some have chosen to approach this coming world with fear and see these technological advancements as the beginnings of an apocalypse. Others whole heartily embrace it and see these developments as part of a paradigm shift that will usher in a new technological age. If you talk to an AI expert they will confidently assure you that when and if human like artificial intelligence comes about it will think and reason in an entirely different way than we do. They will tell you that such technology is many years away assuming it ever comes to fruition all. Either way anyone that has been following the astounding advancements over the last decade will know that like it or not our world is on a path of fast moving change. While our leaders and politicians bicker and endlessly war about culture, religion, race, morality, and political systems this topic lurks just beneath the thin membrane of mainstream awareness making it nearly imposable to talk about outside of niche circles. It seems there is a hesitation on the part of some to dive deep into the implications of what self-aware AI would be. This video and other artistic representations regardless of their technological plausibility today, can serve as a starting point for thinking on this and other topics related to the technological Singularity. After you watch this video ask yourself were you moved by it, disturbed by it or were you entirely unaffected?