Are you of the belief that we can use technology to be more then what we are? Or that we can help those around us? That we can solve problems like old age? That through science and technology humankind can take control of our own evolution and evolve as we see fit? Continue reading
After months of mind numbing patience, I finally managed to see ‘Ex Machina’ the movie (http://exmachina-movie.com/ ). There have been a few AI centered or Singularity related movies the past few years such as Transcendence with Johnny Depp (love hate relationship with this movie) but ‘Ex Machina’ I really, really wanted to be good; and on many levels it was spectacular.
If its one thing that I appreciate is real work action and results, not all this internet talk… when it comes to the real world the Seasteading Institute is actually doing something. please check it out and help where you can.
The Seasteading Institute is consulting with a new unscripted television series for a major cable network. The show is seeking a variety of experts and survivalists ready to create a new community on the ocean while building, engineering, and rehabbing residential quarters. If you have what it takes to survive challenging weather and sea conditions, if you have a yearning desire to experiment with ocean-based technologies, if you can bring a skill set that will add to the sea-villages development, then this is an opportunity for you.
If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org and please CC: email@example.com by March 1, 2015 with:
• Your name and age
• A brief bio about your interest in seasteading and why you’d like to participate in the program
• The skills you could bring to this new society (survival, engineering, scientific, homesteading, environmental, etc.)
• A clear photograph
• Any video links or youtube channels you may have Break a sea-leg, The Seasteading Institute
Please make a donation and support our efforts to develop the first politically autonomous floating city by 2020.
See http://www.seasteading.org/?intro=close for more detail
Transhuman Design IS ‘Experience Focused Engineering’. Why? Admittedly, I’m coining this definition or phraseology; but it goes to what I do for a living and helps explain that to people outside the field. Further, this definition quantifies a philosophical approach that has been developing in the fields of User Experience Design and Software Engineering and Industrial hardware design and the like. Numerous trends are coming together and the products and services that are standing out are the ones focused on design. Continue reading
Having and raising children is a critical part of the propagation of the species. Until Immortality or other reproductive options are realized, or otherwise finally engineered, it is critical to our long term survival. Children are therefore our most important resource. Continue reading
Introducing the Singularity Index. The Singularity Index (also referred to as the SI) is part of a statistical approach to looking at market trends, as it relates to relative motion in the market, towards or away from ‘Singularity’.
As the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) for one of the fastest growing companies in America (according to Fortune 500 Magazine), a big part of my job is following trends and predicting industry trends up to about 5 years out9. To help me do my job, for well over the past 10 years, I’ve worked out a process that has helped predict trends such as the emergence of the high end slates; which, in part, has been through statistical analysis and this has been a great tool for me in being fairly accurate. As the technology around the components that go into making the ‘Singularity’ (as defined later on in this article) real become more and more important to business, it has become an interesting tool, if nothing else, for looking at where we are going. Continue reading
The past few months I’ve contemplated somewhat the geek culture and some of the mental characteristics that make a software engineer great or the qualities that make the best technologist and a lot of those things that bring greatness seem to also be clinical diagnosis as mental disorders according to the DSM IV or 5 or whatever is current (ok to be clear I’m not a shrink but my wife is? if that counts); but my point is that instead of classifying these people (like me) as off target maybe a new norm might be articulated around a new approach to things one that devalues emotions to a large degree or at least encourages control and logic in all things; but that does goes down a slippery road of empirical logic and science leading to a spot where one might need to come up with an equivalent of morals and ethics to use as guides allow integration into the larger current society… enter (to draw on Sci-Fi a bit) the Vulcan or the new emergent philosophy (that I made up this morning) called Vulcanism… so let me back up with what started this line of thinking… my new twitter friend Olivia…
Have you ever been in public, sitting and looking at those around you when you realize everyone around you is all looking at their phones? IPhones, Android maybe a black berry or a windows phone now and then, and now Google Glass? What is it that draws us in? The latest tweet? Instant communication with our friends or access to virtually all of mankind’s collective knowledge at your fingertips? In many ways, it is abstracting us from each other, where we are losing touch with reality or with the world around us. Many times people are so lost in the digital world around them that they don’t see what ‘is’ around them.
And it is only getting worse… Continue reading
The 22nd of February earlier this year. A social media consultant named Sarak Slocum decided to visit a popular bar in San Francisco one fateful night while wearing her Google Glass. What happened next ultimately made her the face of the innovative new headgear. Sure enough, people started to bully her about the eyepiece. Slocum, for her part, fought back.
According to news reports, the fight was started because of the people’s fear that Slocum was filming them through her Google Glass without their consent. Slocum, on the other hand, denied those allegations, insisting she only videoed the people once they berated her for her geeky choice of eyewear. Continue reading
What? is this a society for protecting the rights of life boats every where or is this just some silliness for people that collect life boats? and why do we care again? Well here is a little about the group:
“The Lifeboat Foundation is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization dedicated to encouraging scientific advancements while helping humanity survive existential risks and possible misuse of increasingly powerful technologies, including genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and robotics/AI, as we move towards the Singularity.
Lifeboat Foundation is pursuing a variety of options, including helping to accelerate the development of technologies to defend humanity, including new methods to combat viruses (such as RNA interference and new vaccine methods), effective nanotechnological defensive strategies, and even self-sustaining space colonies in case the other defensive strategies fail.”
and why is it here? Well as it turns out I’m on several of the advisory boards (Futurest Board, Human Trajectories Board and Information Sciences Board), and if you care about the above check it out: