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  • absolutelylovely 2:26 am on February 13, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: A.I., Singularity, time magazine   

    2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal 

    an article in TIME by Lev Grossman. feb. 10, 2011

    Technologist Raymond Kurzweil has a radical vision for humanity's immortal future

    “…Kurzweil believes that we’re approaching a moment when computers will become intelligent, and not just intelligent but more intelligent than humans. When that happens, humanity — our bodies, our minds, our civilization — will be completely and irreversibly transformed. He believes that this moment is not only inevitable but imminent. According to his calculations, the end of human civilization as we know it is about 35 years away.

    Computers are getting faster. Everybody knows that. Also, computers are getting faster faster — that is, the rate at which they’re getting faster is increasing.

    True? True.

    So if computers are getting so much faster, so incredibly fast, there might conceivably come a moment when they are capable of something comparable to human intelligence. Artificial intelligence. All that horsepower could be put in the service of emulating whatever it is our brains are doing when they create consciousness — not just doing arithmetic very quickly or composing piano music but also driving cars, writing books, making ethical decisions, appreciating fancy paintings, making witty observations at cocktail parties.

    If you can swallow that idea, and Kurzweil and a lot of other very smart people can, then all bets are off. From that point on, there’s no reason to think computers would stop getting more powerful. They would keep on developing until they were far more intelligent than we are. Their rate of development would also continue to increase, because they would take over their own development from their slower-thinking human creators. Imagine a computer scientist that was itself a super-intelligent computer. It would work incredibly quickly. It could draw on huge amounts of data effortlessly….”

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  • skyscholfield 4:23 am on January 29, 2010 Permalink |
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    • deadindenver 7:05 am on January 29, 2010 Permalink

      love this pic

  • perpetuallyphil 11:03 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: kurzweil, Singularity   

    S.U. 

    wanna go back to school? look no farther than Singularity University:

    “S.U., which opened last summer on the campus of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, is the kind of place where you can tell your classmates that your goal is to one day upload your consciousness to a computer and they won’t look at you as if you’ve just announced plans to re-create your father using scraps of DNA salvaged from his corpse. Actually, you can say that too. The school’s chancellor, Raymond Kurzweil, has—and will say it again if you ask him.

    Kurzweil is one of the most prolific inventors and radical thinkers of the past half-century. His creations include the flatbed scanner, optical character-recognition software, the first text-to-voice reader, and an electronic keyboard that accurately mimics the sounds of a grand piano, which he built at the urging of Stevie Wonder.

    For the past decade, however, the 61-year-old has become best known for synthesizing and espousing a set of controversial ideas that have made him an almost messianic figure to transhumanists, cyborg enthusiasts, nanotech evangelists and others on the fringes of the futurist circuit. As argued in his 2005 best seller The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, Kurzweil believes that humanity has entered a period of exponential growth in technology that has us hurtling toward the next great evolutionary leap. By 2029, he projects, computers will achieve human intelligence, and by 2045 we should be able to upload our consciousness into machines, providing eternal life. This is the Singularity. Along the way, we’ll build some seriously smart robots, harness nanotechnology to end disease, custom-manufacture organs and limbs, and generally change the world with tools that we plodding proletarians can hardly imagine today….”

    here is the rest

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    kinda scared of kuzweil….   🙂

     
    • desaparecido76 11:31 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink

      cool, crazy, scary ….

      how does what´s going on with the GOOG and CN affect your views on transhumanism?

    • deadindenver 1:21 am on January 26, 2010 Permalink

      anyone wanna sign up for 2011 with me? 25K yikes

  • perpetuallyphil 4:28 am on October 2, 2009 Permalink |
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    scared/excited: kurzweil and the singularity 

    random thoughts:

    we seemed to have passed the threshold of unlimited growth without entirely destructing our planet. is this world that kurzweil (above vid) speaks of possible without the drastic shift in consciousness that is needed to move in a way that we are responsible?

    does technology push consciousness or does consciousness push tech? if it is a two way street than we must begin to raise our awareness to fully utilize our tech prowess in a positive way…. we have be off track for sometime –see atombomb– so why should we trust where this rabbit hole will take us?

    i am starting to think that we need be exploring ways to exist and expand without high tech help…. by waiting until supercomputers fix our problems we could be vanquishing our chance to understand our position in the world rather than always chasing what we wish we were.

     
    • kbelly 2:03 am on October 6, 2009 Permalink

      I’ve been thinking alot about that too lately, while expanding technoloagy outward is helpful and convienient at the moment, we have all the technoloagy we need inside, and its a matter of getting enough people to tap in… matter transportation? telepathy? no problem. i would love this process to speed up already cause this matter of language is really getting in my way right now….

  • perpetuallyphil 8:32 pm on August 18, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , black holes, Singularity,   

    “In the simulation, cosmic gas slowl… 

    “In the simulation, cosmic gas slowly coalesced under the force of gravity and eventually formed the first stars. These massive, hot stars burned bright for a short time, emitting so much energy in the form of starlight that they pushed away nearby gas clouds.
    These stars could not sustain such a fiery existence for long, and they soon exhausted their internal fuel. One of the stars in the simulation collapsed under its own weight to form a black hole. With only wisps of gas nearby, the black hole was essentially “starved” of matter on which to grow.
    Yet, despite its strict diet, the black hole had a dramatic effect on its surroundings. This was revealed through a key aspect of the simulation called radiative feedback, which accounted for the way X-rays emitted by the black hole affected distant gas.
    Even on a diet, a black hole produces lots of X-rays. This radiation not only kept nearby gas from falling in, but it heated gas a hundred light-years away to several thousand degrees. Hot gas cannot come together to form new stars. “Even though the black holes aren’t growing significantly, their radiation is intense enough to shut off star formation nearby for tens and maybe even hundreds of millions of years,” said Alvarez.”

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    via astronomy.com

     
  • perpetuallyphil 6:25 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink |
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    Evolution’s third replicator 

    “WE HUMANS have let loose something extraordinary on our planet – a third replicator – the consequences of which are unpredictable and possibly dangerous.

    What do I mean by “third replicator”? The first replicator was the gene – the basis of biological evolution. The second was memes – the basis of cultural evolution. I believe that what we are now seeing, in a vast technological explosion, is the birth of a third evolutionary process. We are Earth’s Pandoran species, yet we are blissfully oblivious to what we have let out of the box…..

    …..

    Putting it that way makes the answer easier to see. Memes are a new kind of information – behaviours rather than DNA – copied by a new kind of machinery – brains rather than chemicals inside cells. This is a new evolutionary process because all of the three critical stages – copying, varying and selection – are done by those brains. So does the same apply to new technology?

    There is a new kind of information: electronically processed binary information rather than memes. There is also a new kind of copying machinery: computers and servers rather than brains. But are all three critical stages carried out by that machinery?….”

    full article via newscientist

     
    • homad 7:48 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink

      Robot attacked a Swedish Factory Worker
      http://www.thelocal.se/19120.html

    • tallbridge 11:32 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink

      thats pretty wild phil….my mycelium studies have taken another step when i finally saw something that was actually quite obvious

      plants need a mycelial network to spawn the type of growth that exists and there’s certainly evidence to suggest humans becoming more like plants….mycelium rolled around for a few million years before the flora we know of today started to take off

      i guess all the television providers in the us have around 100 million subscribers combined
      facebook has something like 500 million users now
      obviously there’s probably 250 million inactive facebook accounts…but still

      they really need to graph the internet again…that last one was in 2005 and now w/ all the syndication it probably just looks like a double torus spinning its face off (or that picture above)

      i haven’t read the whole article yet, i’ll post some more later

      i guess the web is a creature of pure information…

    • untamedyawp 5:37 pm on August 6, 2009 Permalink

      really interesting…
      “A living creature, once just a vehicle of the first replicator, was now the copying machinery for the next.”
      it’s really crazy how attaching symbolic words to human observed and participated phenomenon all the sudden makes those phenomenon seem so real.

      all the microcosms of the macrocosm are lining up getting ready for blast off.

  • perpetuallyphil 7:30 am on July 22, 2009 Permalink |
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    “I do not want to talk about what you u… 

    “I do not want to talk about what you understand about this world. I want to know what you will do about it. I do not want to know what you hope. I want to know what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity. I want your muscle.” – Robert Fulghum

     
    • waterling 2:32 pm on July 22, 2009 Permalink

      I love that. reminds me of this poem:

      The Invitation

      It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
      I want to know what you ache for
      and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

      It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
      I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
      for love
      for your dream
      for the adventure of being alive.

      It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
      I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
      if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
      or have become shrivelled and closed
      from fear of further pain.

      I want to know if you can sit with pain
      mine or your own
      without moving to hide it
      or fade it
      or fix it.

      I want to know if you can be with joy
      mine or your own
      if you can dance with wildness
      and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
      without cautioning us
      to be careful
      to be realistic
      to remember the limitations of being human.

      It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
      is true.
      I want to know if you can
      disappoint another
      to be true to yourself.
      If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
      and not betray your own soul.
      If you can be faithless
      and therefore trustworthy.

      I want to know if you can see Beauty
      even when it is not pretty
      every day.
      And if you can source your own life
      from its presence.

      I want to know if you can live with failure
      yours and mine
      and still stand at the edge of the lake
      and shout to the silver of the full moon,
      “Yes.”

      It doesn’t interest me
      to know where you live or how much money you have.
      I want to know if you can get up
      after the night of grief and despair
      weary and bruised to the bone
      and do what needs to be done
      to feed the children.

      It doesn’t interest me who you know
      or how you came to be here.
      I want to know if you will stand
      in the centre of the fire
      with me
      and not shrink back.

      It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
      you have studied.
      I want to know what sustains you
      from the inside
      when all else falls away.

      I want to know if you can be alone
      with yourself
      and if you truly like the company you keep
      in the empty moments.

      -Oriah Mountain Dreamer

  • untamedyawp 6:03 pm on January 23, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , Singularity   

    Yes 

    linky

     
    • tallbridge 11:29 pm on January 26, 2009 Permalink

      fuck yes

      ha….i dunno if I’ve ever mentioned secretsun.blogspot.com, see the various obama commentaries

      im glad to know this dan goldman is paying attention 🙂 hahaha

    • deadindenver 7:50 am on January 29, 2009 Permalink

      this is cool, where can i get the .pdf version for my archives?

  • tallbridge 8:50 pm on January 17, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , Singularity, , webmynd   

    Upgrade the Brain matter – Webmynd 

    WebMynd makes Google better by personalizing it with the information sources that you most value. You can embed different search tools, search your WebMynd browsing history and your most frequently visited sites. Some people call the WebMynd browsing history a DVR for the web – it saves and records the pages you see online so you can find what you have seen before faster:

    I had just written a little note today on Facebook moments before I found this Firefox ext. Webmynd.

    ” Is there something didactic in the ways in which the internet exercises our minds, meaning – what is the benefit of having to skim through unlimited amounts of information while simultaneously having to make conscious decisions about truth and reality? My profile right now is a picture of the internet – yes like a graph – mapping out all the data points on the web that we know and illustrating their “physical” connection – yet we know that its is all in fact just streaming 1′ and 0’s (fuck him/her or don’t fuck him/her)


    An interesting philosophical view presented by a physicist named Nassim Haramein says that the human organism is the link between the largest things in the universe and the smallest…and if we take this idea and say that we each are perceiving the field of reality – taking in its information, which is in fact all just light – and then translating it into ourselves, or minds, hearts, bodies and souls – then each of is it not in anyway insignificant in the big scope of things – that we are all in fact equal and all one.

    But this isn’t to say people cannot be given kudos based on merit, because those who put forth the effort to take in more information, are in fact applying themselves much more to the universe.

    In todays day and age, technology offers us some luxury…Right now I do not farm, or clean, or walk everywhere and i have the time to sit around on the computer every once in a while.

    And when I do this, i just surf around a realm of manipulated light which offers information streaming directing from the minds of billions of human organisms around the world….Interestingly, this is somewhat of a illustration of telepathy via external technology. Multicontextual media is standard now on the internet, with links, and everything else. Anyone can create a small brain on a subject for others to understand or ignore.
    The internet, then, is letting us feed the universe with entirely new sets of information collectively, amplifying – perhaps exponentially – our potential for new realities.”

    Webmynd gives you on the side of your google shred, the search results of a whole other bunch of areas from Amazong to Wikipedia to Delicious and whatever.  Then down in the bottom right of Firefox you click the play button and it has a record of your recent webactivity graphically and lets you search the whole thing.
    Certainly some privacy issues…but not much place to hide in surveilling society anyway. Peace
     
  • perpetuallyphil 7:15 pm on November 11, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: , community earth councils, elders, Singularity, youngers   

    activist resources 

    website with tons of groups and ideas. the main premise is creating elder/younger councils to help move our globe forward.

    http://www.communityearthcouncils.org/resources.htm#Citizen

     
  • tallbridge 2:56 am on November 10, 2008 Permalink |
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    Mom how old is the Internet? 

    25 years
    9 months
    2 weeks
    4 days
    21 hours
    and…

    53 minutes


    “A National Institutes of Health study suggests that the region of the brain that inhibits risky behavior is not fully formed until age 25…” – The Washington Post

     
    • perpetuallyphil 11:49 pm on November 10, 2008 Permalink

      does that mean that porn is gonna start disappearing form the web in this the mature 25th year….?

      on a side note:
      i only have less than a year left to be reckless. better get to it! who wants to play BASE jump?! or juggle porcupines! or try to extract stem cells from one another! c’mon, lets play together!!

    • tallbridge 1:39 am on November 11, 2008 Permalink

      well i dunno phil…probably not, but i found out the other day that looking for porn is way easier w/ google video than it was when i was a kid….you don’t have to go to so many crazy spam websites, philling up your computer w/ all sorts of shady stuff, spyware etc etc…

      im more playing w/ the idea of the internet (in an ideal, form, because i like ideals) as the global mind which if you have your technology sorted out right…you can be an efferescent part of

      its not only a mind, but it really resembles a physical brain in all its connections…

      so i would like to think that the brain of the human race is reaching its age where we stop taking such shady risks…like genetic manipulation w/ alterior motives, mind control, nuclear weapons, covert operations, whatever you know

      i mean im only 21 and im down…?

      no? too much of a stretch? alright i’ll work on it some more

    • tallbridge 1:45 am on November 11, 2008 Permalink

      more so…if the universe baaanged into reality one day….and we all baaanged from the black hole at the center of this galaxy….and we all grew out of the gaaaaiian mind…maybe this internet trip is a sign of galactic synchronization….all of our seemingly differences could be sorted out…the web could spin us into a crazy coccooon…and then we’d go ahead and metamorphose or sumthin like that

      plus now at least there is fuckforforest…

      and that risky behavior thing is a strange idea….i think instead of thinking that you stop doing as much as soon as you turn 25, you just have a better idea of what you’re doing when you do it

      basejumping isn’t necessarily a bad idea in my opinion

      stem cells/porcupines…not that interested

      using the plant kingdom like a telescope for seeing the deep space galaxies of the mind….hmmm maybe

    • perpetuallyphil 6:25 pm on November 11, 2008 Permalink

      is it the risk that is bad? or is it, as you said, the ill intent?
      i mean we need to take risks to ‘farther’ our knowledge or create new experiments. if we eliminate risk then we have no chance at catching up to our idealistic dreams. we have to be not afraid of stepping out into the world and trying something new.
      maybe at age 25 most people just become complacent? then are satisfied with how their life is going and stop risking shaking the boat too much…

      the web is maturing in a lot of ways and is becoming an increasingly good connector and expander. but there is still GODTUBE, and plenty of sexist, racist sites out there… i guess its really like anything else, it is what you make it…. just on a much larger scale.

      i agree its like a brain and i think it is reminding us of how we can communicate along vast expanses and all tap into the same source. its wonderful. maybe someday it will take us as far as it can and we wont need it any longer….

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