Sterling thinks we’ll get technological manna without an intelligence explosion. George Dvorksy thinks he’s mistaken recursive intelligence amping for a dumb business model –here.
Driverless Cars: 1. Peak oil: 0. Artificial Intelligence: 0. Artificial Intelligence: 1. Artificial Intelligence: It depends. Flying Cars: 0. Augmented Intelligence: 1. Vat-grown Human Fry Ups (and yet more second order weirdness):1. Personalized genome scans: 1. Engineered negligible senescence: ? Pensions and Retirement: depends on 10. Viable cash flow from Internet publishing: Stross has a […]
On Thursday January 12, 6 pm I’m leading a discussion of Charles Stross’ Accelerando at the Extra-Curricular Reading Group in Bristol’s Spike Island Galleries. Free copies in various formats can be obtained here Accelerando is perhaps the purest distillation of future shock in modern English prose, a comic extrapolation of life during a 21st Century technological singularity. […]
This essay, The Disconnection Thesis, is my most systematic presentation of the principles of speculative posthumanism to date. It’s also the only one which engages in some detail with the work of contemporary bioethicists like Nicolas Agar, Nick Bostrom and Allen Buchanan. Although the Borg get a mention, Locutus (pictured) does not – which […]
Nice to know that Nick Land is still a prickly histamine to questionable Liberal-Transhumanist Eschatology and still re-tooling Neuromancer to great effect. That’s Shanghai!
Just had time to peruse the programme for the Transforming The Human Conference, Dublin City University Oct 21-3. It has less mainstream analytic bioethics than I expected and more stuff on the ‘metaphysics’ of transhumanism and posthumanism. I think this emphasis is correct. We can’t take folk notions of personhood, embodiment or mind for […]
My extended abstract on the ‘Disconnection Thesis’ is now available on the website for the forthcoming Springer Frontiers Book, The Singularity: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment, Amnon Eden, Johnny Søraker, Jim Moor, and Eric Steinhart (eds.).
http://singularityblog.singularitysymposium.com/?powerpress_embed=9537-podcast&powerpress_player=default Socrates (AKA Nikola Danaylov) has a rare interview with mathematician, science fiction writer and speculative futurist Virnor Vinge. Vinge articulates the difference between the Singularity and previous technical change thus: You could explain the internet or intercontinental jet travel to someone from an earlier phase of technological history Mark Twain or Ghengis. Explaining […]
Here‘s an intriguing abstract discussing the theorization of the singularity as a dynamic phase change up at the Singularity Hypothesis site.