Will Corporations Prevent the Singularity?

March 27, 2012

Ben thinks about the technological singularity quite a lot and on one of his recent* posts, “Will Corporations Prevent the Singularity?” he brings up the point of the pushback corporations will most likely exert against it.
I happen to believe this will be a mute point in the end because the Singularity, by it’s very nature, will [...]


A Singularity by any other name

March 15, 2012
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In this video, Jürgen Schmidhuber talks about an event he calls Omega, which should be very familiar to anyone who knows about the Singularity concept.
He talks about artificial brains and intelligence, about creativity, about humour. About the major human developments throughout history and about his current work and breakthroughs in AI.
And he does so in a charming, funny [...]


On the human body’s inadequacies

March 5, 2012

One aspect that is often associated with the coming of the Singularity is that it will enable us to live forever (or at least for as long as we want to). This may or may not be desirable, but setting aside the discussion about whether we will want to live forever or even if we can cope with [...]


Starting from the outside, with Robot Legs

February 28, 2012

Big post over at the Singularity Hub, about Ekso Bionics‘ robot legs.
Technically I don’t think there’s all that much to the robot legs themselves. Don’t get me wrong, they’re a very well devised and beautifully implemented piece of engineering, it’s just that in the recent past we’ve seen things that show us how much more [...]


Robotic Drivers legally allowed to drive in Nevada

February 24, 2012

Starting March 1, robotic drivers will be legally allowed to drive around in Nevada, USA with a special “test” driver’s license.
The plan is that companies wishing to test-drive their autonomous cars will have to file a detailed plan about what exactly they are testing, but once accepted, they may openly and lawfully set their machines [...]


World building 404: The unknown unknowns

February 16, 2012

And this is why we can only speculate about the future and the singularity, but we’ll never know for sure until we get there. The article is written in the context of writing SciFi, but it applies as-is to real-world predicting (it is hard SciFi, not Science Fantasy).
This article was written by Charles Stross, go [...]


A few notes on “Singularity and Its Discontents”

February 12, 2012

My good friend Benjamim tweeted a link this week that prompted me to get back onto the singularity topic itself. The tweet pointed to an article entitled “The Singularity and Its Discontents” which presents a summary of what I interpret as being objections to the notion of the singularity.
First off we read about Jaron Lanier‘s opinion that many singulitarians’ [...]


A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors

February 2, 2012

By now the furore over this video has probably reached those who are interested in these topics, but just in case you’ve missed it, check out this amazing video of a swarm of nano quadrotors, flying in a controlled and agile way as a formation:

The degree of control each quadrotor has over it’s position and [...]


Facing the Singularity – a blog

January 19, 2012

Luke Muehlhauser, executive director at the Singularity Institute, is writing a blog called “Facing the Singularity” in which he trying to explain his particular vision of the coming singularity and our role in it.
It makes for a rather involved reading, as Mr. Muehlhauser goes to some pains to explain his ideas in great detail. It also has [...]


On the role of games

January 12, 2012

Here is a video that fellow oneoverzero-er(?…) Sérgio Bernardino unearthed, about how video games might very well be an important piece of the puzzle on the way to creating artificial intelligences that bring about the Singularity.
It is rather light-hearted and kind of fun, but it does give a brief overview of what the Singularity is about [...]