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April 20, 2016 Leave a comment

 

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…a samurai is a total human being, whereas a man who is completely absorbed in his technical skill has degenerated into a ‘function’, one cog in a machine.

 
― Yukio Mishima

 

 

 

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Timeline: Transhumanism

January 31, 2016 Leave a comment

 

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Transhumanism posits that technology can help mankind overcome its physical limitations.

Transhumanism is an intellectual movement that embraces technology as the solution to many of the problems facing humanity–the ultimate goal being to modify the human experience and the human body beyond its current limitations.

This union of man and machine is not without its critics–some of whom point out the dangers of tampering with the boundaries laid upon humanity by the environment and the universe at large–as well as the shady ethical avenues mankind may decide to explore in the process. Transhumanism may open doors to totalitarian control measures that could serve to dominate rather than liberate humanity.

The movement poses deeper philosophical questions as well. If the augmentation of the human experience is such that humans can potentially live forever, expand their consciousness, perform astounding physical feats, and more–does this process represent a new phase in human evolution?

Perhaps only time will tell.

 

 

Explore the development of the transhumanism phenomenon below:

 

 

 

 

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January 8, 2016 Leave a comment

 

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How we burned in the prison camps later thinking: What would things have been like if every police operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive? If during periods of mass arrests people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever was at hand? The organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt.

— Alexander Solzhenitsyn

 

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Timeline: AI and the Singularity

 

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Machines that can learn and improve themselves–what doors will the advent of Artificial Intelligence unlock?

In the realms of science, computer engineering and programming, artificial intelligence reprents the pinacle of technical achievement–creating a mind that can think for itself.

But if man is successful in his venture, what kind of mind will he give birth to? Will this mechanical consciousness be benevolent? Will it possess empathy and be sympathetic to the interests and needs of humans? What kind of powers and access will the creators of this intelligence bestow upon their child? These are some of the many troubling questions that stalk the artificial intelligence dialouge.

The singularity refers to the moment in time in which artificial intelligence emerges into existence. Specifically, this intelligence will exercise the properties of recursive self-improvement. That is, the computer intelligence will be able to redesign itself, improve itself and potentially build other machines that may also think and recursively self-improve–potentially placing themselves in a teir of technology that is beyond the comprehension of man.

This runaway effect of rebellious computers and machines redesigning themselves, or “intelligence explosion” would be the first of many signals heralding the emergence of a super intelligence: godlike in its capacities, unpredicable and ultimately unfathomable to its predecessors.

Many popular science fiction nightmare scenarios have spawned as warnings, such as the Terminator series, a tale which depicts a ruthless artificial intelligence that looses nuclear armegeddon upon the eath, followed by the rise of oppressive machine overlords.

While these possibilites are indeed frightening, perhaps what is most concerning are the possible scenarios we have not, or are yet unable, to consider.

 

Follow the development and emergence of the AI below:

 

 

 

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