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2018 15/Jul

“Digitized and digested” is the future scenario which I consider to be a likely long-term future for humanity, should we survive the initial growing pains of the singularity. By long-term, I could mean 200 or 10,000 years – though the real timeframe is likely to lie somewhere in between. The scenario is as follows: DIGITIZED: At […]

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2018 15/Jul
Will More Intelligent Machines be More Moral?

Many months ago, Peter Voss (who we’ve interviewed previously on the TechEmergence podcast) came through San Francisco and we sat down for a coffee at my favorite place in Hayes Valley, Arlequin Cafe. We chatted a bit of business first. Peter runs Aigo.ai, and his work on natural language and AI is a lot of […]

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2018 15/Jul

The “moral singularity” refers to how morality (a particular system of values and principles of conduct) will evolve radically once (a) human intelligence and cognition is enhanced, and (b) artificial general intelligence (AGI) enters the world.  It is my belief that a moral singularity will not result in a single, core set of values and […]

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2018 28/May
Brain-Machine Interface

Human nature has always been to gain control over the physical world — both in maximizing its output for our benefit (farming, mining, etc), and in lessening the risks it poses to human life and wellbeing (medicine, construction, etc). This same drive for control compels us to manipulate the virtual world, with the emergence of […]

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2018 1/May
Dan Faggella TEDx

How can you keep artificial intelligence from taking over your job? In my latest TEDx talk, I explore what I’ve learned (from hundreds of interviews) about job security in the era of AI – but I also lay out why I think that “job loss” is a somewhat trivial concern in the big picture of […]

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2018 16/Mar

I’ve been cajoled into watching Netflix’s Black Mirror, and a friend of mine recommended watching the San Junipero episode next. As I mentioned in my last Black Morror reflection, and I didn’t plan on watching anything that wasn’t worth 40 minutes. San Junipero was a good pick, and it’s nice to know that the class of […]

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2014 16/Sep
UPENN Dan Faggella

The Aim of Positive Psychology Positive Psychology’s founder Dr. Martin Seligman has undertaken the “moon-shot” endeavor to have 51% of the human population psychologically flourishing by 2051. It’s an audacious goal intended to unite positive psychology’s forces in making the grandest impact on the whole of humanity, though some might argue it is an impossible aim. Along […]

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2014 13/Jun
Man to diety

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 […]

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2014 14/Apr

In the coming decades ahead, we’ll likely augment our minds and explore not only a different kind of “human experience”, we’ll likely explore the further reaches of sentience and intelligence itself, and it’s a process that I believe is starting now. My TEDx video below is an attempt to encapsulate my argument for the inevitability […]

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