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 [...]

First Singularity Salon a Success

On 18 March, 2011, in Events, meetup, by Adam A. Ford

Had a generalised meeting entitled ‘Singularity Salon‘ on a few things futurist at Prudence bar in North Melbourne… A good turnout, had a round table discussion for about 5 hours and in the spirit of St Patrick made plenty of noise. We spoke about a range of subjects including the Japan nuclear disaster, CEV (Coherent [...]

Kevin B. Korb Book Launch “Evolving Ethics: The New Science of Good and Evil” and “Bayesian Artificial Intelligence”

On 18 February, 2011, in Events, meetup, by Adam A. Ford

When: on Wednesday 23rd February, at 6.00pm, at Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Building H, Room 7.84 ( RSVP by: Monday 21st Feb by sending an email to Kevin B. Korb and Ann E. Nicholson, “Bayesian Artificial Intelligence“, 2nd edition, CRC Press, 2010 Steven Mascaro, Kevin B. Korb, Ann E. Nicholson and Owen Woodberry, [...]

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 [...]