Elon Musk was widely reported in the media when he described artificial intelligence (AI) as probably the most serious threat to the survival of the human race (http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/27/elon-musk-artificial-i...).
How will 21st Century humans cope with the continued acceleration of the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the economy? Just as humans once outstripped animals in the race to dominate Earth, due to our superior brainpower and use of tools, the danger now exists that homo sapiens will fall behind supersmart machines and AI systems in terms of overall efficiency.
“I think the odds are no better than fifty-fifty that our present civilisation on Earth will survive to the end of the present century.”
Sir Martin Rees, Our Final Hour (2003)
To many, the future is just one big question mark: ?. They ask questions like: What is the future? Where is it? How can we know about it in advance? Isn’t life just random?
A cybotopia would be a world in which cyborgs and AI machines and systems dominate and rule over “unenhanced” humans, turning human beings as we know them today into a sub-species, or lower-order being.
A dystopia, transliterated from Greek roots of this word, is a “not good place”. It’s a society which is profoundly dysfunctional by the standards of human civilization.
For the Love of Robots: Three Principles for Social Governance of the Future of AI and the Biotech Industry
Today, a man’s best friend is a machine, to paraphrase the familiar English idiom. Our dependency on information and intelligence technologies is increasing at a phenomenal rate, pushing up the scale and speed of change.
The other day, I realized that years of systematic study of the future had turned me into what can only be defined as a "neo-progressionist."
Some political actions and policies are so short-sighted and cause so much long-term damage to the balance of power in the world that they become attacks on the future.
It's thought that the word “luck” entered the English language as a gambling term. And now a poker player and air traffic controller called Arif Gasanov, who lives in sunny Ashgabat, in Turkmenistan, believes he’s identified an underlying pattern in the way chance, or luck, actually operates.
What was your best ever prediction? What would rank for you as the world's most successful current and historical forecasts? When did you last exercise and sharpen your gift of foresight?
The future of nations is not written in the stars but in their demographics. In particular, a futurist can study national fertility rates, urbanisation trends and the age structure of population groups to get a picture of a country’s long-term future.
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July 28, 2015 - If you are a regular reader of this blog then you have read about the importance of our research into stem cells and their therapeutic value. I'm even contemplating having my stem cells harvested to inject into my osteoarthritic left knee to help restore the cartilage I have lost over the years.
July 26, 2015 - Three farm stories caught my eye this week. The first, a truly revolutionary one that pushes back the dawn of the age of agriculture some 11,000 years. The second, a GMO story featuring a new rice that produces less greenhouse gas. And the third, a Harvard study about declining zinc levels in food because of rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
July 25, 2015 - Space has been big in the news in the last week. From the latest Pluto images to the discovery of a potential Earth-twin exoplanet, to new observations about the bright spots on the dwarf planet/asteroid Ceres, to Curiosity's latest findings.
July 23, 2015 - Sea ice volume is a different measure than sea ice extent. Volume looks at the thickness of the ice as well as the area of coverage. Extent is just about the latter. When the European Space Agency (ESA) launched CryoSat-2 in 2010, scientists for the first time were able to gauge volume and in the first two years of observation it was in decline.
July 22, 2015 - In his latest email blast Peter Diamandis talks about children and education beginning with the statement "How do you raise kids today during these exponential times?" Unfamiliar with therm "exponential times?" Then visit the website Exponential Times: The Future Comes Faster Than You Think.
July 21, 2015 - In an update sent out by the company yesterday, SpaceX described the events pertaining to the 19th launch of its Falcon 9 rocket which blew up in a second stage mishap at 2 minutes, 19 seconds into the flight on July 2, 2015.
July 20, 2015 - Talk about a dry place. When Neil Armstrong stepped off the Lunar Excursion Module to the Moon' surface 46 years ago today he was the first to walk on the driest landscape ever witnessed by a human. Drier than any desert on Earth. It was much later when we discovered that in some parts of the Moon there was water ice deep in polar craters.