Posts tagged singularity

The director of the MIT Media Lab said sci-fi visions of computers and humans emphasize the wrong priorities for development. Technological progress should aim for resilience, not efficiency.

Ito: Think twice about immortality and the singularity | Cutting Edge - CNET News

"Ray Kurzweil’s vision of the “singularity” — when nanobots make humans immortal and computer progress is so fast that the future becomes profoundly unknowable — is a bad idea. That’s the perhaps surprisingly contrary opinion of Joichi Ito, who as a high-tech investor and director of the MIT Media Lab might be expected to be a natural ally. The lab, after all, aims to be at the center of today’s technology revolution"
Gerd adds: I totally agree with Joi on this issue - watch the video!

Ray Kurzweil's Top 5 Reasons to Be Optimistic for 2013


Will you be better off this year than your were in the past? To the futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil, the answer is a resounding yes. “We are far more productive and healthy and better off in every way than we were in the past,” Kurzweil, the author of the new book How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, told Big Think in a recent interview. Below are Kurzweil’s top 5 reasons for optimism in 2013.

Trailer for new film by Doug Wolens The Singularity


A quick look at the Singularity:

So what is this Singularity?

The technological singularity is the theoretical emergence of superintelligence through technological means. Since the capabilities of such intelligence would be difficult for an unaided human mind to comprehend, the technological singularity is seen as an occurrence beyond which events cannot be predicted. - Wikipedia

Ray Kurzweil - Futurist (by ComputerHistory)

Pretty amazing monolog (more or less) by a true genius, and one of my major influences. The Singularity concept worries me greatly, though. Watch Ray’s movie and then try to get some sleep:)

Kevin Kelly: Predicting the next 5,000 days of the web (by TEDtalksDirector)

Absolutely amazing talk by one of my chief influencers, the great Kevin Kelly ( - from 2007 (!!) and still totally spot-on today. At the 2007 EG conference, Kevin Kelly shares a fun stat: The World Wide Web, as we know it, is only 5,000 days old. Now, Kelly asks, how can we predict what’s coming in the next 5,000 days?

(via Inside the Mind of Futurist Ray Kurzweil: When Robots Rule the World (and Humans are Immortal) | Techland |
Worth watching … if a bit scary:))

(via 10 Questions for Futurist Ray Kurzweil - Video -

worth watching… be challenged:)