"Uploading" and The Turing Con
Counting on general ignorance, insensitivity, and ineptitude to get away with the substitution of a counterfeit is, in plain terms, fraud.
Science fiction is a genre of literature in which artifacts and techniques humans devise as exemplary expressions of our intelligence result in problems that perplex our intelligence or even bring it into existential crisis.
The harms and crimes of automation are done by humans to humans. And framing these harms and crimes in terms of killer robots or out of control automation inevitably distorts the issues and the stakes at hand.
The Yearning Annex: Google Commits Millions for Robot Cult Indoctrination in Plutocratic Venture-Capitalist Dystopia
Their prose was all purple, there were VCs running everywhere, tryin' to profit from destruction, you know we didn't even care.
The idea of a ban on "existentially-risky" artificial intelligence -- a term which is concerned with quite a lot of stuff that isn't or wouldn't be intelligent -- is momentarily very much in the news right now (or what passes for news in the illiterate advertorial pop-tech press) due to a recent Open Letter from the Future of Life Institute --
In an enjoyable and widely-read rant, sf-critic Charlie Jane Anders recently declared herself Tired of "The Smartest Man in the Room" science fiction trope. Her delineation of the stereotype should be immediately legible. Futurologists, are you and do you really want to be that guy?
Once again we are confronted with another miscarriage of justice as another police officer kills another unarmed black citizen the police are supposed to serve and protect. And once again calls are ringing out on all sides to install more cameras: cameras on police cars, cameras on the street, cameras on the bodies of cops on the beat.
The futurological in my sense of the term is an ideological formation; it is essentially a marketing discourse amplifying the profits and authority of incumbent elites by mobilizing seductive and reassuring techno-transcendental wish-fulfillment fantasies in the form of unaccountable, apparently p
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February 4, 2016 - Back from Costa Rica where my wife and I spent the last two weeks enjoying a country and people who live by the slogan "pura vida" which translates from the Spanish to English literally as "pure life." But in Costa Rica it has much larger meaning, a greeting that has been around for more than half a century that says something
January 31, 2016 - You may have noted that my blog has been silent for the last 11 days. That's because I am in Costa Rica on vacation. But a call from Peter Diamandis has made me break my silence. I invite you to read Peter's missive and if you are interested in what he is offering you should apply.
In 2015, The Futures School - an immersive, interactive and project-based program that empowers participants with the critical skills of Strategic Foresight and Futures Thinking - attracted students from many different industries and geographic locations. For this reason, TFS is expanding its number of offerings and venues this year.
January 19, 2016 - Since the 1970s the oceans of the world have been the principal repository for both carbon dioxide and global warming. What started off as surface heating has now penetrated to depths of 700 meters (2,300 feet). The side affect of this deep heating is an expanding ocean with higher sea levels and tides that are increasingly becoming flood threats to most coastlines.
January 18, 2016 - In previous commercial resupply contracts, the Dream Chaser, Sierra Nevada's mini-shuttle had been shut out by NASA. But now the space authority has given the company the green light for delivery missions to the International Space Station from 2019 to 2024.
January 17, 2016 - From nanobots that repair diseased tissue in our bodies to tiny robots used in additive and electronics manufacturing, the world is about to witness another disruptive technological revolution, the arrival of the microbot.
What is a microbot?
January 15, 2016 - The challenge that lies ahead for humanity is simple. By 2050 be able to produce food and deliver it to a population of 9 billion plus. I call this act "from farm to fork." We have to do this while facing global warming.