Who wants to live for ever : Implications of Immortality – Panel recorded at Aussiecon4

On 13 October, 2010, in Info, by Adam A. Ford

This panel was recorded at Aussiecon4 (World SciFi Convention) in Melbourne 2010. Immortality is a common element in science fiction and fantasy, but what would it actually be like? What would you need to do and think about if you were immortal? How would society need to change if we were all immortal? In a [...]

The slides for Kevin Korb’s presentation on The Ethics of AI is now up

On 13 October, 2010, in Info, by Adam A. Ford

It has lots of nice diagrams, and mathematical formulas. It covers various topics, inc: *what would an ai be *turing tests *Strong AI *Ethics of AI *Weizenbaum’s anti-ai argument *Ai smarter than us is out of our control, not sharing our motives, constraints and ethics , therefore when humans and AI have a conflict of [...]

The Moral Status of Turing AIs

On 2 September, 2010, in Info, by Adam A. Ford

Andrew Dun, August 2010 Many discussions of strong artificial intelligence systems (also known as AGIs or Artificial General Intelligences) convey the assumption that such AIs will be used as tools for human purposes (consider Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics). Certainly, many discussions in this vicinity focus on the development Friendly AI (for example, Yudkowsky 2007), thereby concerning what AIs may do to [...]

Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity Summit (US) Abstract – The Mind and How To Build One

On 3 August, 2010, in Info, by Adam A. Ford

Ray Kurzweil’s presentation (at the Singularity Summit in San Fran USA) will be based on his forthcoming book ‘How the Mind Works and How to Build One‘, in which he will discuss reverse engineering ‘the best example of an intelligent process we have’, the human brain, and as as a by product – the human [...]

IEEE SSIT Aust Chair Dr. Greg Adamson speaking at the Singularity Summit in Melbourne

On 26 July, 2010, in Events, Info, by Adam A. Ford

Dr. Greg Adamson, Chair of IEEE SSIT (Australia) and Vice-Chair of IEEE Victoria Will be speaking at the Singularity Summit in Melbourne September 2010. Greg Adamson will be presenting on things that hinder socially beneficial technology. “Technologies service many human needs. Socially beneficial technologies can also assist in resolving some of the world’s most pressing [...]

News Release

On 12 July, 2010, in Events, Info, by Adam A. Ford

Singularity Summit 2010 in Melbourne Victoria to explore emerging technological trends Speakers include AI Architect Hugo deGaris, Futurist Peter Ellyard Melbourne Victoria 2010 — Will it be one day become possible to boost human intelligence using brain implants, or create an artificial intelligence smarter than Einstein? In a 1993 paper presented to NASA, science fiction [...]

The Future of Energy, Resources and Climate Change

On 5 July, 2010, in Events, Info, by Adam A. Ford

Skeptics Café happens on the third Monday of each month at La Notte Restaurant, 140 Lygon Street Carlton. (nearest intersection – Pelham Street). We commence with a drink and a meal from about 6pm, and there is usually a talk from 8pm. Skeptics Cafés are public events – everyone is welcome. John Perkins will raise [...]

Our Mission

On 29 June, 2010, in Info, by Adam A. Ford

In the coming decades, humanity will likely create a powerful artificial intelligence. The Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI) exists to confront this urgent challenge, both the opportunity and the risk. Our objectives as an organization are: To ensure the development of friendly Artificial Intelligence, for the benefit of all mankind; To prevent unsafe Artificial [...]

Merely Human? That’s So Yesterday

On 13 June, 2010, in Info, by Adam A. Ford

The Singularity movement sees a time when human beings and machines will merge and overcome illness and perhaps death. “ON a Tuesday evening this spring, Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, became part man and part machine. About 40 people, all gathered here at a NASA campus for a nine-day, $15,000 course at Singularity University, [...]

Accelleration Aware on FaceBook

On 20 May, 2010, in Info, by Adam A. Ford

Stefan Pernar has put together the Acceleration Aware Melbourne facebook page can be found here. Looking forward to some interersting discussions in the not too distant future. Stefan is the author of Jame5, a science fiction novel that can be downloaded and read in PDF format.