The abbreviated version of this very article was first published on Positive Psychology News with the editing help of Kathryn Britton. – – – The Aim of Positive Psychology: Positive Psychology’s founder Dr. Martin Seligman has undertaken the “moon-shot” endeavor to have/ensure? 51% of the human population psychologically flourishing (http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/10/seligman.aspx) by 2051. It’s an audacious goal intended […]Keep Reading
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1) Augmentation is nothing new Until recently, “augmented reality” seemed to only have a place in video games and science fiction movies. Though at the time of this writing, “AR” has yet to permeate our day-to-day experiences, the number of burgeoning technologies in this field is staggering. With simulated “sampling” of everything from couches to […]Keep Reading
1) A Change in Our Nature, Not Just Our Gadgets There’s much to be said about how different we’ve become from the society of even 30, never mind 300 years ago. Hunkered over our desks or our iPhones, heads buried in a dozen screens per day, there’s plenty of research to suggest that we’re losing […]Keep Reading
I. Ideals Have Taken Us Here Could the yearning to improve the quality and efficiency of our daily human experience also bring us to abandon much of what we consider “human”? Before making such a bold proposition, let us look at modern “first world” society in comparison to life in Europe in the year 1200. […]Keep Reading
Dr. Thomas Ray is Harvard-educated doctor of Biology, and also the original researcher in the Tierra Artificial Life project. Tierra ended up receiving major media coverage all over the world as one of the most promising forays in generating “evolution” in a digital system. Today, Dr. Ray’s research is honed in on the study of the human mind – and our conversation centered around his thoughts about human enhancement and machine consciousness.
Machines May Never Live
For Dr. Ray, the affective portion of the brain and the cognitive portion the brain (he uses the two separately in order to draw a distinction) work in unison to create the amalgam that we call consciousness. He believes that animals with only a primitive brain (lacking the capacity for language, logic, and reason) are capable of a a certain, limited extent of consciousness, while humans are capable of a higher and richer variety.
In the push towards bridging humanitarian efforts and advances in computing and artificial intelligence, there seem to be a minimal number of thinkers AND doers. Dr. Soenke Ziesche recognizes the imperative need to better integrate these worlds and sees potential implications for both those in the humanitarian fields and those in the AI sectors. As […]Keep Reading
In the future, will technology deconstruct or reconstruct gender identities as culturally represented and understood by society today? In a recent interview, Dr. Patrick Hopkins, a professor of Philosophy at Millcaps College, provides some interesting insights into the crossroads of technological influences on gender roles, societal values, and the implications for humanity. The intersection of […]Keep Reading
Like so many scientists and science-loving scholars, Kyle Munkittrick had an interest in science and science-fiction at a young age; however, he didn’t actually consider pursuing “science as a career” until he entered NYU and found a program that basically allowed students to construct their own course of study. Munkittrick took a class on the […]Keep Reading
In the spirit of valuing freedom of thought in the face of scientific advancement and expansion of human potential, how much room is there for religious debate? What are the relevant and logical ethical arguments to consider in the face of scientific progress? These interrelated questions underlie the continuing tension between religion, human morality, and […]Keep Reading
The artificial intelligence (AI) field is full of forward thinkers; in the midst of moving ahead, some are particularly grounded in addressing the very real philosophical issues that continue to persist in the world of AI. Dr. Karl F. MacDorman, Roboticist and Researcher at Indiana University, is a “healthy skeptic”, specifically when it comes to […]Keep Reading