Interview with Hugo in Melbourne after the Singularity Summit Australia 2010, conducted by Aam A. Ford.
Bio: Prof. Dr. Hugo de Garis, 63, has lived in 7 countries. He recently retired from his role of Director of the Artificial Brain Lab (ABL) at Xiamen University, China, where he was building China’s first artificial brain. He and his friend Prof. Dr. Ben Goertzel have just finished guest editing a special issue on artificial brains for Neurocomputing journal (December 2010), the first of its kind on the planet.
He continues to live in China, where his U.S. savings go 7 times further, given China’s much lower cost of living. He spends his afternoons in his favorite (beautiful) park, and his nights in his apartment, intensively studying PhD-level pure math and mathematical physics to be able to write books on topics such as femtometer scale technology (“femtotech”), topological quantum computing (TQC), as well as other technical and sociopolitical themes.
He labels his new lifestyle “ARCing” (After-Retirement Careering), feeling freed from wage slavery, spending (probably) the remaining 30 years of his life pursuing with passion those deep and interesting topics that truly fascinate him, without having to waste huge amounts of time writing an endless stream of relatively unread, un-meaningful, short-horizon scientific papers or research grant proposals just to receive a salary. He feels liberated from all that, and can recommend ARCing to anyone with sufficient savings (i.e.. to take up “wage free careering in the third of life”).
Can anyone explain to me in detail how this book was produced? To what extent was it automated? Is this an early example of a book being produced by a robot?
Who or what is this George Andersen who is credited with 692 books by Amazon.com over a period of just months?
What are WikiFocus Books? What is the WikiFocus Book Series? What is WikiFocus Books International?
Here’s a clue found on Amazon.com – WikiFocus Books are collaborative books designed for education on specific subject matter. Our motto is “Collaborative Books for Creative Minds” and it is our mission to provide focused content for both educational and entertainment purposes. We present targeted information on specific subjects which are compiled from online collaborative resources from across the globe. Some text and images contained in this book have been reused and/or repurposed for commercial distribution under the Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA) and the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL).
Can anyone translate the above clue into English for me? What is really being said here? To what extent are these books being written by an automated process?
As I’ve mentioned before, I will be attending the event. If you, too, want to know more about our ever increasing rate of technological change and its impact on us, you should reserve your ticket today.
What do you do after conquering Pixar, Disney, and Dreamworks? You revolutionize tablet reading, of course. Designer William Joyce created a name for himself at the top animation studios with his one of a kind creative story telling, and he’s now taking that skill and making the next generation of interactive experiences on the iPad…
Click here to learn and view more. You may have to scroll down a bit to start.
Don’t miss this LIVE event! Read carefully. Yes, I did say LIVE event which can be seen in over 500 movie theaters nationwide. Personally I will be attending the event in Syracuse, New York.
This will be a conversation about our future featuring many well known experts.
Click here to learn the details, who the live panel experts are and to purchase tickets to the event at one of the over 500 movie theaters nationwide. Yes, this event should be coming to a theater near you.
Click here to learn more about the Transcendent Man movie.
Consider checking out the Transcendent Man movie Facebook page.
Google products are also getting a new look and feel that is consistent across all products and within Google+. This consistency everywhere gives users the comfort and familiarity of always being in the same ecosystem no matter where they are within the Google universe…
Click here to view the entire report. You may have to scroll down a bit to do so.
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Blogging the Singularity Bloggers:
Chris Williamson: Filmmaker, science enthusiast, and futurist concerned with the accelerating nature of technological growth and where it's headed. He is currently studying for his MFA in Film Production.
Frank Whittemore: As an IT professional since 1961, the accelerating change of technology is not news to him but the wonder will never cease! Be sure check out Frank's blog about Life Extension!