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Amon Twyman

Futurist Arts & Culture

What is Futurism? What isn’t? When people hear the word “Futurism”, a number of possible associations may spring to mind. One may be prognostication, which is to say secular oracles telling us what they think will or will not happen… Continue Reading →

Blockchain, Smart Contracts, & Beyond

Blockchain technology is currently deep into the “ridiculous hype” phase of its development, but it does have the potential to be incredibly powerful. The ideas of Smart Contracts and AI Negotiation Assistants are similarly not new, but with a convergence… Continue Reading →

Automated Content & Culture Mining: Das Glasperlenspiel

Up until very recently, we have understood creativity to be the sole preserve of human beings. Over the last twenty years, however, we have seen signs that machines are catching up fast, and the range of creative machine activities is… Continue Reading →

RECOMBINANT DISRUPTION

How important is Artificial Intelligence to emerging 21st Century society? Before assessing the likely practical impact, we must first understand that its philosophical and moral impact already goes to the very heart of who we are, and what we believe… Continue Reading →

Shock Level 5: Epistemology and Future Shock (part 6 of 6)

The following article is part of a six-part Transhumanity.net series, comprising a single, previously unpublished paper delivered at the 2010 Humanity+ UK conference in London. The presentation was originally titled “Shock Level Five: Augmented Perception, Perceptuo-Centrism, and Reality”. Future Shock… Continue Reading →

Shock Level 5: Epistemology and Future Shock (part 5 of 6)

The following article is part of a six-part Transhumanity.net series, comprising a single, previously unpublished paper delivered at the 2010 Humanity+ UK conference in London. The presentation was originally titled “Shock Level Five: Augmented Perception, Perceptuo-Centrism, and Reality”. In the… Continue Reading →

Shock Level 5: Anthropic Implications (part 4 of 6)

The following article is part of a six-part Transhumanity.net series, comprising a single, previously unpublished paper delivered at the 2010 Humanity+ UK conference in London. The presentation was originally titled “Shock Level Five: Augmented Perception, Perceptuo-Centrism, and Reality”. If the… Continue Reading →

Shock Level 5: Anthropic Implications (part 3 of 6)

The following article is part of a six-part Transhumanity.net series, comprising a single, previously unpublished paper delivered at the 2010 Humanity+ UK conference in London. The presentation was originally titled “Shock Level Five: Augmented Perception, Perceptuo-Centrism, and Reality”. The anthropic… Continue Reading →

Shock Level 5: Perceptual Augmentation (part 2 of 6)

The following article is part of a six-part Transhumanity.net series, comprising a single, previously unpublished paper delivered at the 2010 Humanity+ UK conference in London. The presentation was originally titled “Shock Level Five: Augmented Perception, Perceptuo-Centrism, and Reality”. Many animals… Continue Reading →

Shock Level 5: Perceptual Augmentation (part 1 of 6)

The following article is part of a six-part Transhumanity.net series, comprising a single, previously unpublished paper delivered at the 2010 Humanity+ UK conference in London. The presentation was originally titled “Shock Level Five: Augmented Perception, Perceptuo-Centrism, and Reality”. Perceptual augmentation… Continue Reading →

AI Ethics and the Continuum of Sentience

Some years ago I gave a talk called “Consciousness and the Transhuman”, in which I discussed important connections between questions of neuroscience, advancing cognitive technologies, human augmentation and animal rights. Around the same time, philosopher David Pearce was beginning to… Continue Reading →

Society of Mind & the Network Society

Here at AGI Laboratory we explore the intersection of technology and society, where AI, VR, and Big Data (among other things) come crashing into our cultures, social traditions, economies and political institutions. Looking at the world today, it is increasingly… Continue Reading →

Upload Lives Matter… Or Else.

A long-time science fiction riff which may be on the verge of becoming reality is the idea of the Copy, which is to say the digital emulation of a human mind. The viability of that idea is still debatable, largely… Continue Reading →

AI Transcends Human Cognitive Bias

What Is Human Cognitive Bias? When humans make intuitive judgments, they often make errors that don’t seem to make a lot of sense. The errors matter because they’re systematic, occurring again and again under similar circumstances. For example, people tend… Continue Reading →

Artificial Consciousness and Hybrid Society

Artificial Intelligence, and Artificial Consciousness Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a field which has historically focussed on narrow domains; i.e. machines and software that do specific things well, but which can’t do much else. Recently, as the availability of computational power… Continue Reading →

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