Fast Minds and Slow Computers

The long term future¬†may be absurd and difficult to predict in particulars, but much can happen in the short term. Engineering itself is the practice of focused short term prediction; optimizing some small subset of future pattern-space for fun and profit. Let us then engage in a bit of speculative engineering and consider a potential…

Building the Brain

A question of hardware capability? When can we expect the Singularity? What kind of hardware would be required for an artificial cortex? How far out into the future of Moore’s Law is such technology? The startling answer is that the artificial cortex, and thus the transition to a profoundly new historical era, is potentially much…

Conversing with the Quick and the Dead

CUI: The Conversational User Interface Recently I was listening to an excellent interview (which is about an hour long) with John Smart of Acceleration Watch, where he specifically was elucidating his ideas on the immediate future evolution of AI, which he encapsulates in what he calls the Conversational Interface. In a nutshell, its the idea…

Singularity Summit 09

The Singularity Summit was held a couple of weeks ago in NYC. I unfortunately didn’t physically attend, but I just read through Anders Sandberg’s good overview here. I was at last year’s summit and quite enjoyed it and it looks like this year’s was even better, which makes me a little sad I didn’t find…

Countdown to Singularity

What is the Singularity? The word conjures up vivid images: black holes devouring matter and tearing through the space-time fabric, impossible and undefinable mathematic entities, and white robed scientists nashing their teeth. In recent times it has taken on a new meaning in some circles as the end of the world, a sort of Rapture…