The Singularity Is Near The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology is a 2005 non-fiction book about artificial intelligence and the future of humanity by inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil. This is his first book to embrace the Singularity as a term, but the ideas contained within are derived from his previous books, the The Age of Spiritual Machines (1999) and The Age of Intelligent Machines (1990). Kurzweil describes his law of accelerating returns which predicts an exponential increase in technologies like computers, genetics, nanotechnology, robotics and artificial intelligence. Kurzweil has been criticized for extrapolating current trends without bounds, when in fact exponential growth often tapers off as resources are exhausted. Content Exponential growth Kurzweil characterizes evolution throughout all time as progressing through six epochs, each one building on the next. Computational capacity Moore's Law The brain Exponential Growth of Computing The Singularity
ChallProp: an agent-based modelling framework for simulating the Global Brain Viktoras Veitas (Global Brain Institute) Abstract: Global Brain is a cybernetic system consisting of a network of people and machines. *Challprop* (challenge propagation modelling framework) is the software framework for running these simulations and analyzing their results. In this seminar I will discuss Challprop from conceptual as well as technological point of view and present the current status and the future plans for the project. Slides of the presentation: here Video of the presentation: here References: Heylighen F.
SIN Graph - Countdown to SIN Logarithmic Chart Countdown to Singularity, Events expressed as Time before Present (Years) on the X axis and Time to Next Event (Years) on the Y axis, Logarithmic Plot Page 17, Linear Plot page 18. Source: M.T. Rosing, "13C-Depleted carbon microparticles in >3700-Ma sea-floor sedimentary rocks from west greenland," Science 283.5402 (January 29, 1999): 674-6, See also H. Furnes et al., "Early life recorded in archean pillow lavas," Science 304.5670 (April 23, 2004):578-81; M.T. Rosing, "Early Archaean oxygenic photosynthesis - The observational approach," Geophysical Research Abstracts 7.11202 (2005); W. Altermann and J. B. Y Kimura, "Examining time trends in the Oldowan technology at Beds I and II, Olduvai Gorge," Journal of Human Evolution 43.3 (September 2002):291-321. A.M. Dennis O'Neil, " Evolution of Modern Humans: Early Archaic Homo sapiens," T.D. D. O. H. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative E.
GNUize them all Blueprint for a Cyborg Spoiling Agent V0.1, to be part of a Global Immune System? | Cube ReviewCube Review She speaks Japanese. Your implants translate: Akemi explains that her navigation system (formerly known as GPS) just failed. She is asking if she can connect to yours in order to find her way. You would like to accept, but your second I panics: What happened in the background of your digital integrated agents? It appears however that you did something special that she did not about you: your GNUiz agent analyzed (we say GNUized) all her nano agents. Damned! However, she is so pretty! Akemi is supposed to be one of these « augmented persons » as the corporate language of the early twenty-first century used to go. Can you imagine for a moment what would have happened if you had offered her one of the « ideal adventures for young adults » that the recommendation engine suggested a few minutes ago anticipating your encounter? This is why Akemi is so viral. Obviously Akemi needs help. That is what does GNUiz! Only a shock! Perhaps a meeting with a Sâdhu? Olivier Auber
The Hivemind Singularity - Alan Jacobs In a near-future science fiction novel, human intelligence evolves into a hivemind that makes people the violent cells of a collective being. Slime mold network formation (Science). New Model Army, a 2010 novel by the English writer Adam Roberts, concerns itself with many things: the intimacy shared by soldiers at war, the motivating powers of memory and love, the rival merits of hierarchical and anarchic social structures, the legitimacy of the polity known as Great Britain, the question of European identity. The title New Model Army derives from the English Civil War in the mid-seventeenth century, when Oliver Cromwell led armies raised by Parliament against supporters of King Charles. With this background in mind, Adam Roberts asks us to imagine a near future when electronic communications technologies enable groups of people to communicate with one another instantaneously, and on secure private networks invulnerable, or nearly so, to outside snooping.
Francis Heylighen Francis Paul Heylighen (born 1960) is a Belgian cyberneticist investigating the emergence and evolution of intelligent organization. He presently works as a research professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Dutch-speaking Free University of Brussels, where he directs the transdisciplinary research group on "Evolution, Complexity and Cognition" and the Global Brain Institute. He is best known for his work on the Principia Cybernetica Project, his model of the Internet as a Global brain, and his contributions to the theories of memetics and self-organization. Biography Francis Heylighen was born on September 27, 1960 in Vilvoorde, Belgium. In 1983 he started working as a researcher for the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (NFWO). In 1989 Valentin Turchin and Cliff Joslyn founded the Principia Cybernetica Project, and Heylighen joined a year later. Work His research focuses on the emergence and evolution of complex, intelligent organization.
m e t a m o r p h o p t i c s OlivierAuber : @ #GlobalBrain seminar:... Infinity Point Will Arrive by 2035 Latest Eray Ozkural December 23, 2013 During writing a paper for the 100 Year Starship Symposium, I wished to convince the starship designers that they should acknowledge the dynamics of high-technology economy, which may be crucial for interstellar missions. Infinity Point was the original name for the hypothetical event when almost boundless amount of intelligence would be available in Solomonoff's original research in 1985 (1), who is also the founder of mathematical Artificial Intelligence (AI) field. The original theory arrives at the Infinity Point conclusion by making a few simple mathematical assumptions, and solving a system of equations. Computer Science (CS) community size ~ improvement in computing technologyCS community size ~ rate of log of computing efficiencyFixed amount of money is invested in AI every year To remind Moore's Law, well, it is: "number of transistors placed on a microprocessor at a fixed cost doubles every two years" as originally conceived. . References:
Complex systems Complex systems present problems both in mathematical modelling and philosophical foundations. The study of complex systems represents a new approach to science that investigates how relationships between parts give rise to the collective behaviors of a system and how the system interacts and forms relationships with its environment. Such systems are used to model processes in computer science, biology, economics, physics, chemistry, and many other fields. The key problems of complex systems are difficulties with their formal modelling and simulation. For systems that are less usefully represented with equations various other kinds of narratives and methods for identifying, exploring, designing and interacting with complex systems are used. Overview History A history of complexity science Typical areas of study Complexity management Complexity economics Complexity and modeling Complexity and chaos theory 1. Institutes and research centers
Moore's law Moore's law is the observation that, over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. The law is named after Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore, who described the trend in his 1965 paper. His prediction has proven to be accurate, in part because the law is now used in the semiconductor industry to guide long-term planning and to set targets for research and development. The capabilities of many digital electronic devices are strongly linked to Moore's law: processing speed, memory capacity, sensors and even the number and size of pixels in digital cameras. All of these are improving at roughly exponential rates as well. This exponential improvement has dramatically enhanced the impact of digital electronics in nearly every segment of the world economy. Moore's law describes a driving force of technological and social change in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. History