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2013 6/Oct

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.

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2013 26/Sep

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 […]

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2013 22/Sep

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 […]

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2013 2/Sep

When I first think of robots in the workforce, I can’t help but mentally form the introductory scene of some future-oriented sitcom, with a silver-plated, two-legged robot coming through the front door, briefcase in hand and shouting in digitized monotones, “Honey, I’m home!”  As silly and culturally-bound as this image may be, the overall picture […]

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2013 21/Aug

We live in a world where death is inevitable – or is it?  This question is the fulcrum on which the life extension movement pivots.  Dr. Ilia Stambler is one of the forward-thinking advocates for reshaping the way that human kind perceives the human life span and in turn, the meaning of life and death. […]

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2013 25/Jun

Ben Goertzel is definitely in the running as one of the most brilliant people I’ve had the good fortune of getting to meet myself. He is Chairman of the Board of the OpenCog Foundation, Chief Science Officer at Aidyia Holdings – a financial prediction firm located in Hong Kong, and a prolific writer and researcher […]

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