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At the Heart of Intelligence: A Film by Gerd Leonhard & Telia Finland

At the Heart of Intelligence is an emotionally compelling and well-made short film discussing artificial intelligence. It was produced in collaboration between popular futurist Gerd Leonhard and Telia Finland. The movie employes powerful visuals, fantastic music and high-quality production but not at the… Continue Reading →

A Treatise On Transhumanism – Conventional Solutions to Societal Problems (Part 4)

Throughout history, such issues have been addressed by conventional solutions, that is, improvements of human nature that do not overly alter human faculties. However, historically, it is clear that humanity has always struggled to implement these solutions and reconcile its… Continue Reading →

Wyrd, Fyrd, & Rebis: Mythological Past to Posthuman Future

Transhumanism and Social Futurism are concerned with the deep future, which is to say the fate of humanity, rather than just the next few decades. When politicians and social commentators talk about the future, the end of this Century is… Continue Reading →

A Treatise On Transhumanism – Inherent Inadequacies of Society (Part 3)

Using this approach, one now examines the conditions whereby humanity fails to achieve civilization; given the interdependency of economy, issues obstructing civilization are interrelated in similar ways. Labour, capital, agreement and population can succumb to such problems as corruption, debt,… Continue Reading →

A Treatise On Transhumanism – The Nature of Civilization (Part 2)

To begin, one considers the fundamentals of any society, the most foundational of which population, of which society is comprised. Conventionally, population has been classed as the human populace of a society, which provides an acceptable definition for population, at… Continue Reading →

A Treatise On Transhumanism – Introduction (Part 1)

Transhumanism is an ideological movement aiming to improve human intellect, physiology and society through technological and scientific means. It is due to this reliance on technology, and any relevant impedance of scientific progress, that it suffers a lack of implementation;… Continue Reading →

Radical Centrism vs. Spectacle/Dialectic

In a previous article, I recently said: “I believe that our society is governed by Spectacle; which is to say the modern equivalent of “bread and circuses”, designed as an array of deliberately false choices between options that don’t matter,… Continue Reading →

Fakebook Drones Losing their AI

In this edition, the top news starts with:  AI in drones is being used to predict violent individuals from on high…   https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/drones-predict-violent-individuals-from-sky/  Fakebook is closing down its spy drones… er, I mean solar powered Wi-Fi drone project, due to other… Continue Reading →

The ZS Calendar (pt.1)

“Sṇtējō, dō mejnō daitis atqe legs…” – First Hierophant, 0 HE     The “pulse” or activity-level of any movement can best be measured by looking at its events calendar, since that is likely to give you information about organizational capability,… Continue Reading →

OpenAI and Spy Operations

In this edition, the top news starts with:  Adobe is working on a new AI that can detect image manipulation more effectively than humans.    https://newatlas.com/adobe-ai-detect-image-manipulation/55179/  OpenAI has built a game algorithm system that can interact as a team only through… Continue Reading →

I Believe…

The article below offers a worldview, starting with an abstract philosophical foundation, upon which increasingly pragmatic structures can be built. The framework presented here is deliberately compatible with the political philosophy known as Social Futurism, although it is not part… Continue Reading →

Nikola Danaylov on the Future Grind Podcast

In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea is joined by bestselling author and futurist speaker Nikola Danaylov. Nikola writes about the future at his website Singularity Weblog and hosts the Singularity.FM podcast. His 2017 book Conversations with the Future features highlights from… Continue Reading →

How NuMat is Engineering the Building Blocks of the Future, One Molecule at a Time

This article is part of a series about how OS Fund (OSF) companies are radically redefining our future by rewriting the operating systems of life. Or as we prefer to think about it; Step 1: Put a dent into the… Continue Reading →

All Our Missing Baryonic Matter Was Found

In this edition, the top news starts with:  Sadly, Microsoft is focusing on VR for the PC and not the Xbox… this is a step back from statements to the opposite effect last year.   https://thenextweb.com/virtual-reality/2018/06/21/microsoft-says-no-to-vr-gaming-on-xbox/  GE, after more than 100… Continue Reading →

Puffing Smoke and Incremental Progress

In this edition, the top news starts with:  Hmmm… it seems some humans have figured out that deep learning is not real AI and is never going to take over the universe… unfortunately they might be on to something in… Continue Reading →

A Vision For Humanity

Let’s take a moment to consider the world in the early 21st Century. Some things are better than they’ve ever been, and getting better all the time, while other very dangerous trends are moving rapidly in the other direction. Something… Continue Reading →

The Principles of Social Futurism (pt.1/5)

The Principles of Social Futurism define Social Futurism itself, which is a movement for Positive Social Change Through Technology. As such, Social Futurism represents the intersection of social, political, and economic concerns on the one hand, and technological issues on… Continue Reading →

Incremental Steps To Nowhere

In this edition, the top news starts with:  AI systems are now spotting heart attacks on emergency calls, improving the time it takes to identify cases.  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-20/the-ai-that-spots-heart-attacks  A real AI scientist thinks Elon Musk’s fears about the future of AI… Continue Reading →

Better Control Over Humans By The Machine Overlords

In this edition, the top news starts with:  NASA is making progress with growing plants in space, mostly focused on small experiments on small scales.  https://www.popsci.com/nasa-growing-food-in-space  A new startup is looking at some kind of centrifuge mass driver to put… Continue Reading →

Know Your ABCs (pt.2): Convergence

The previous article introduced the concepts of Asterion and Blackstar, being the ZS–ARG formulations of Technological Singularity and its Transhuman “Event Horizon”, respectively. Part 2, below, will now explain what Convergence means to ZSers.   Top-Level Goal (TLG)   As… Continue Reading →

Physicist Max Tegmark on Life 3.0: What We Do Makes a Difference

Aome people say that renowned MIT physicist Max Tegmark is totally bonkers and refer to him as “Mad Max”. But, to quote Lewis Carroll from Alice in Wonderland, “All the best people are.” Furthermore, I am not sure if Tegmark is “mad” but I am… Continue Reading →

Sideways TV… Because It’s Better, I Promise…

In this edition, the top news starts with:  More nonsense from a company that apparently is not paying attention to the AI industry and other emotional computing systems, claiming they did it first…   http://techcompanynews.com/bpu-holdings-delivers-artificial-emotional-intelligence-computing-platform-zimos/  The American Medical Association has announced… Continue Reading →

Speed Humps and Securities

In this edition, the top news starts with:  Bitcoin and Ethereum are officially not securities according to the SEC, primarily because they are too decentralized.    https://www.wired.com/story/sec-ether-bitcoin-not-securities/  Google’s (er… I mean “Alphabet’s”) Deepmind is able to decompose a 3D space from… Continue Reading →

Know Your ABCs (pt.1): Asterion & Blackstar

We live in a world which is rapidly coming to a head. Not only are promising technologies converging at an accelerating pace, but so are a number of serious risks whose convergence could easily spell global annihilation. The necessary conclusion… Continue Reading →

“Worlds Without End” Oil On Relief – Transhuman House Art Acquisition

We had another art piece acquired and put into the Transhuman House.  A great oil relief called ‘Worlds Without End’ by the Artist Karl Hale.  Karl is a local to the Transhuman House member of the MTA (Mormon Transhumanist Association).  He… Continue Reading →

AI is Getting Bigger, Better, Faster and as an Added Bonus, More Power Efficient…

In this edition, the top news starts with: Liberal Arts are important for humans to learn, so they have something to do once their AI overlords take over and the humans lose their jobs…

Transhumanist Anders Sandberg: Embrace Strangeness

Dr. Anders Sandberg is a well known transhumanist, futurist, computational neuroscientist and currently a research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute in Oxford University. I enjoyed talking to him last time he was on Singularity 1 on 1 and was happy to have… Continue Reading →

Feasibility Study and Practical Applications Using Independent Core Observer Model AGI Systems for Behavioral Modification in Recalcitrant Populations (preview)

BICA 2018 Review Board gave the ok for the next AGI Laboratory paper titled: “Feasibility Study and Practical Applications Using Independent Core Observer Model AGI Systems for Behavioral Modification in Recalcitrant Populations (preview)“.  The paper will be published by BICA… Continue Reading →

60 Year old Airplanes and new roles for AI…

In this edition, the top news starts with: AI is increasingly helping to integrate group or company processes. http://www.brinknews.com/ai-integration-a-better-approach/ All Tesla cars will get ‘full self-driving features’ with new software updates. Surely this will make driving safer… http://www.businessinsider.com/teslas-will-get-self-driving-features-with-autopilot-update-elon-musk-2018-6 Microsoft is… Continue Reading →

The Policy Overwatch Drones are Coming…

In this edition, the top news starts with: A South African university is working on an AI system designed to analyze causation. https://phys.org/news/2018-06-artificial-intelligence-causation.html Ushering in the police state and big brother, the next frontier is police and surveillance drones.  Look… Continue Reading →

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