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 6, 2015 - In some respects this is a good news story. A study appearing in the ISME Journal this month exposed 400 generations of phytoplankton to rising levels of CO2 in ocean water. At the highest levels the scientists anticipated what ocean conditions would be like by 2100.
July 5, 2015 - Marchers have gathered here in Toronto for a mass demonstration in support of "climate justice." The moving force behind what is expected to be a worldwide street protest is 350.org, a social media phenomenon that is becoming the organized focus for fighting against government and corporate indifference to comba
July 4, 2015 - To all my American readers a happy 4th of July. As a researcher bent on understanding the future and where humanity is going I seldom think about this within a cosmological context. But there are a whole bunch of people who called cosmologists and they have given us the Big Bang, the expanding Universe, and the big physics that governs how it all works.
July 3, 2015 - For humans to successfully endure a voyage to Mars and back NASA wants to have a better picture of where to land. So they want to deploy an airplane to fly over the surface.
July 2, 2015 - The United Nations has received commitments from 44 countries and the European Union (28 countries) so far in advance of the Paris climate change conference planned for December 2015. China, Brazil, South Korea, Iceland and Serbia are the latest to announce plans to decarbonize their economies over time.
July 2, 2015 - Today's guest blogger is Roy Rasmussen, co-author of the book, Publishing for Publicity. Roy is a freelance copywriter who focuses on ways to help small business get more customers through focused messaging.
July 2, 2015 - A mere two days before the United States celebrates its Independence Day, the Republicans now have 14 definite candidates and 2 to 6 probables who want to be the next President of the country. Of these one, although not a scientist, has stated that global warming is a human problem. That's Senator Lindsey Graham.
July 1, 2015 - It is Canada Day here north of the 49th parallel, the 148th year of the nation's birth. So today I went to watch my Toronto Blue Jays in action and have just returned to post the first of its kind blog here at 21st Century Tech. The collaboration is with Jessica Oaks, who has been a regular guest contributor.