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.
What happens in the Middle East reverberates across the world. There lie the roots and holiest historical places of the three monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. There lies the frontier between East and West. And much of the world’s remaining oil is found in this prized and disputed region.
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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.
February 21, 2015 - By 2050 with more than 9 billion human mouths to feed let alone countless cattle, pigs, chickens and other meat, it is not surprising that food scientists are turning to the most prolific animals on Earth as a good source for protein. We are not talking about two and four-legged creatures, but those with six - insects.
February 19, 2015 - Some of you who are my readers may not know that when I graduated from university my degree was in Islamic Studies and Medieval History. I was very much aware of Islam's contribution to the science of mathematics, astronomy and chemistry during the golden age of the Islamic World, the 8th through the 10th century.
February 19, 2015 - The common battery found in electric vehicles (EVs) these days is lithium-ion.
February 17, 2015 - The Global Carbon Capture and Sequestration Institute (GCCS) in its most recent report tells us there are approximately a dozen large-scale CCS projects operating around the world. The total amount of captured carbon dioxide (CO2) amounts to less less than 30 million tons per year.
February 16, 2015 - Magna Parva, of Leicester, England, is in the design and build business. The company focuses on research and development projects for science, medicine, energy, defence and space. Its latest announcement is focused on the latter - building big structures in outer space.