Archive for July, 2009
Like many a useful concept, the Technological Singularity has become over-invested with emotion, ideological leanings, and tangential agendas. Can its value be recovered?
On October 3, 2009, the fourth annual Singularity Summit will convene, this time in New York City. Among the speakers featured in the two-day event are IEET fellows Ben Goertzel and Aubrey de Grey, along with Ray Kurzweil, Anders Sandberg, Robin Hanson, Eliezer Yudkowsky, Greg Benford, and many others.
So what’s it all about?
Click here for the complete article by Mike Treder found on The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET) website.
Singularity University is announcing the 40 students participating in the inaugural Graduate Summer Program.
Home towns, background, and education for each student are included in individual SU profile URLs.
The Graduate Summer Program kicked off at NASA Ames, Moffett Field on June 29, 2009 and concludes August 28, 2009.
Click here and scroll down to access the information found on the SOA World Magazine and Singularity University websites.
Following on the heels of a Singularity-related article from just a couple months ago, “The Coming Superbrain”, New York Times journalist John Markoff has penned another Singularity-related article, “Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man”.
Click here for commentary by Michael Anissimov found on his Accelerating Future blog.
ExxonMobil is teaming up with the biotech research company run by genomics pioneer Craig Venter to produce algae-based biofuels.
Cllick here for the CNN article.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Especially if that woman is your virtual ex-wife.
In Tokyo, a 43-year-old woman was so angry over a sudden divorce from her Maple Story hubby that she logged on to his account and deleted him in cold, virtual blood. “I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry,” the official quoted her as telling investigators and admitting the allegations.
When the 33-year-old office worker realized his avatar had been murdered in cold blood, he contacted the authorities, who then arrested the woman on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison, or a fine of $5,000.
So for those millions still playing Maple Story who are grinding to complete your wedding quests, remember: only marry digital avatars you truly know, because if you ask for a divorce they may murder you while you’re logged off.
A conference, held earlier this year in February, took place in private and was organized by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (A.A.A.I.). Eric Horvitz, a Microsoft researcher, is president of the association.
Some attendees discussed the meeting for the first time with other scientists this month and in interviews.
Click here for the entire article posted today on The New York Times website.
In any case, Steve Leibson attended a recent lunch-time interview with Intel’s CTO Justin Rattner at the Computer History Museum…
Click here for the article found on the EDN website. You may need to scroll down a bit to spot the ““The Singularity Cometh” says Intel CTO Justin Rattner. Are You Ready?” headline.
Click here for what is mostly a review in pictures with some commentary in between.
A review of the ideas behind the Singularity/intelligence explosion concept as presented in a video by Eliezer Yudkowsky.
This video comes from The Singularity Summit at Stanford 2006. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend watching it. If you have watched it, this may be a good day to review it.
His blog is titled “A White Hot Summer”.
His name is Simon Daniel. He’s an entrepreneur and inventor of the USB battery and folding keyboard. He’s also CEO of Moixa, a fast-growing renewable energy group.
Click here to read his blog.
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Much of modern medicine relies on the testing of blood and other samples for key molecules that confirm the presence of a specific disease or other disorder. Samples need to be sent to a laboratory and it may be several days before the result comes back.
Wouldn’t it be better if the result were available within a few minutes of the sample being taken, while the patient is still there with the doctor?
That is the thinking behind the EU-funded NEMOSLAB project which is developing an integrated ‘lab on a chip’ that can simultaneously test a sample for several different molecules at the point of care. more>>>
Atlanta (July 9, 2009) —Open any computer and you’re sure to see at least one massive cooling device, complete with metal fins and a noisy fan. Today’s high-power processing chips generate lots of heat—and those chips can fry quickly without some serious cooling. more>>>
A House of Lords committee has said the private genetic testing industry should be more tightly controlled.
In this week’s Scrubbing Up health column, Dr Ainsley Newson, senior lecturer in biomedical ethics at the University of Bristol says failing to heed its warning would be foolish. more>>>