Carl Sagan – the Island of Human Intellectual Uniqueness

On 5 May, 2011, in Info, by Adam A. Ford

A quote from Carl Sagan’s ‘Pale Blue Dot’ Chapter 3: The Great Demotions: “What about … whether we are capable of creating intelligences smarter than ourselves? Computers routinely do mathematics that no unaided human can manage, outperform world champions in checkers and grand masters in chess, speak and understand English and other languages, write presentable [...]

60 Minutes Mini Documentary on the Singularity University

On 17 October, 2010, in Info, News, by Adam A. Ford

Spend the next 15 minutes watching a 60 Minutes documentary with reporter reporter Rod Vaughan who visits the Singularity University,” a university unlike any other”. It is a great introduction to future possibilities. And it is great to watch these concepts weave their way into mainstream. Singularity University on 60 Minutes New Zealand from Luke [...]

Three Flavours of the Singularity

On 9 August, 2008, in Info, by Adam A. Ford

(taken from previous blog) I.J. Good’s “Intelligence Explosion” I.J. Good first suggested that as machines become as intelligent as humans (and beyond) the machines will have the capacity to improve their own design recursively and exponentially. Designers of the initial machines may not forsee the methods that the machines self-improve. He calls this an “Intelligence [...]