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Ian Morris discusses an event we can look forward to in 2045: the Singularity, "effectively merging carbon-and-silicon based intelligence into a single global consciousness. . . . We will transcend biology, evolving into a new, merged being as far ahead of homo sapiens as a contemporary human is of the individual cells that merge to create his or her body
We have created this site in an effort to expand upon our videos, and to raise awareness on some very serious issues. Please be sure to stop by regularly to see our posts about transhumanism, converging technology, singularity, artificial intelligence, life extension, etc... as well as insight on the more esoteric side of these scientific endeavors.
Public awareness on these issues is currently extremely lacking. However, we are seeing more and more press for the proponents of converging technology. You may have seen Ray Kurzweil on Glenn Beck recently. As time goes on we are guaranteed to be hearing more and more about this, because like it or not converging technology continues to push forward at an ever growing speed. A buzz is being planned to make this all seem acceptable to you in the future. We are here now to warn you not to join in on this hive mind. We hope to offer critical insight on the Transhumanist vision for the future. To simply read the literature of it's proponents and agree with what they are saying is not enough. Questions must be asked. Critical issues cannot be glossed over. We have to weed our way through the muck of hypothetical hypothesis, and see what this is truly all about. This strange place we find ourselves in today is no accident. Technology has been lead to this point for a reason. There is a definite direction that this is going, although at some point it seems inevitable that things will be beyond the limits of human control (A.I.). Let's think long and hard before we allow ourselves to get to that point.
Scientists debate dangers of AI From the New York Times: Impressed and alarmed by advances in artificial intelligence, a group of computer scientists is debating whether there should be limits on research that might lead to loss of human control over computer-based systems that carry a growing share of society’s workload, from waging war to chatting with customers on the phone. Their concern is that further advances could create profound social disruptions and even have dangerous consequences. As examples, the scientists pointed to a number of technologies as diverse as experimental medical systems that interact with patients to simulate empathy, and computer worms and viruses that defy extermination and could thus be said to have reached a “cockroach” stage of machine intelligence. While the computer scientists agreed that we are a long way from Hal, the computer that took over the spaceship in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” they said there was legitimate concern that technological progress would transform the work force by destroying a widening range of jobs, as well as force humans to learn to live with machines that increasingly copy human behaviors. The researchers — leading computer scientists, artificial intelligence researchers and roboticists who met at the Asilomar Conference Grounds on Monterey Bay in California — generally discounted the possibility of highly centralized superintelligences and the idea that intelligence might spring spontaneously from the Internet. But they agreed that robots that can kill autonomously are either already here or will be soon. [...] A report from the conference, which took place in private on Feb. 25, is to be issued later this year. Some attendees discussed the meeting for the first time with other scientists this month and in interviews.