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Enlightened A.I. with Google's Mohamad Tarifi, PhD (Consciousness Hacking Silicon Valley Meetup)
Yep, it's the Gogul counterpart of Krishna from @warrenellis's Supergod.

" Can an Artificial Intelligence be spiritual? Or enlightened? What does that mean in the context of A.I.? What would be the societal implications? Dr. Mohamad Tarifi leads a team of engineers at Google developing the next generation of A.I., and is the perfect person to guide this inquiry. Mohamad brings together deep backgrounds in both science/engineering, and meditation. Its this unique background that is informing the development of this totally new approach to A.I. "
singularitarianism  fucking-Silicon-Valley 
december 2014 by kellyramsey
Solarpunk: Notes toward a manifesto | Project Hieroglyph
"It’s hard out here for futurists under 30.

As we percolated through our respective nations’ education systems, we were exposed to WorldChanging and TED talks, to artfully-designed green consumerism and sustainable development NGOs. Yet we also grew up with doomsday predictions slated to hit before our expected retirement ages, with the slow but inexorable militarization of metropolitan police departments, with the failure of the existing political order to deal with the existential-but-not-yet-urgent threat of climate change. Many of us feel it’s unethical to bring children into a world like ours. We have grown up under a shadow, and if we sometimes resemble fungus it should be taken as a credit to our adaptability.

We’re solarpunks because the only other options are denial or despair.

The promises offered by most Singulatarians and Transhumanists are individualist and unsustainable: How many of them are scoped for a world where energy is not cheap and plentiful, to say nothing of rare earth elements?

Solarpunk is about finding ways to make life more wonderful for us right now, and more importantly for the generations that follow us – i.e., extending human life at the species level, rather than individually. Our future must involve repurposing and creating new things from what we already have (instead of 20th century “destroy it all and build something completely different” modernism). Our futurism is not nihilistic like cyberpunk and it avoids steampunk’s potentially quasi-reactionary tendencies: it is about ingenuity, generativity, independence, and community.

And yes, there’s a -punk there, and not just because it’s become a trendy suffix. There’s an oppositional quality to solarpunk, but it’s an opposition that begins with infrastructure as a form of resistance. We’re already seeing it in the struggles of public utilities to deal with the explosion in rooftop solar. “Dealing with infrastructure is a protection against being robbed of one’s self-determination,” said Chokwe Lumumba, the late mayor of Jackson, MS, and he was right. Certainly there are good reasons to have a grid, and we don’t want it to rot away, but one of the healthy things about local resilience is that it puts you in a much better bargaining position against the people who might want to shut you off (We’re looking at you, Detroit).

Solarpunk punkSolarpunk draws on the ideal of Jefferson’s yeoman farmer, Ghandi’s ideal of swadeshi and subsequent Salt March, and countless other traditions of innovative dissent. (FWIW, both Ghandi and Jefferson were inventors.)

The visual aesthetics of Solarpunk are open and evolving. As it stands, it’s a mash-up of the following:

• 1800s age-of-sail/frontier living (but with more bicycles)
• Creative reuse of existing infrastructure (sometimes post-apocalyptic, sometimes present-weird)
• Jugaad-style innovation from the developing world
• High-tech backends with simple, elegant outputs

Obviously, the further you get into the future, the more ambitious you can get. In the long-term, solarpunk takes the images we’ve been fed by bright-green blogs and draws them out further, longer, and deeper. Imagine permaculturists thinking in cathedral time. Consider terraced irrigation systems that also act as fluidic computers. Contemplate the life of a Department of Reclamation officer managing a sparsely populated American southwest given over to solar collection and pump storage. Imagine “smart cities” being junked in favor of smart citizenry.

Tumblr lit up within the last week from this post envisioning a form of solar punk with an art nouveau Edwardian-garden aesthetic, which is gorgeous and reminds me of Miyazaki. There’s something lovely in the way it reacts against the mainstream visions of overly smooth, clean, white modernist iPod futures. Solarpunk is a future with a human face and dirt behind its ears."

[via: https://twitter.com/jqtrde/status/519152576797745153 ]
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october 2014 by robertogreco
omniorthogonal: hostile ai: you’re soaking in it!
"the financial system as a whole functions as a hostile ai. it has its own form of intelligence, it has interests that are distant or hostile to human goals. it is quite artificial, and quite intelligent in an alien sort of way. while it is not autonomous in the way we envision killer robots or skynet, it is _effectively_ autonomous of human control, which makes it just as dangerous."
by:mtravers  fin  hostile-ai  friendly-ai  ai  singularitarianism 
february 2013 by chl-archive
amor mundi
Something I am sad to have missed for so long. Now paying attention with pleasure.
singularitarianism  cultural-dynamics  blog  social-psychology  futurism  examples-of-how-much-better-writing-is-with-words 
may 2012 by Vaguery
Open the Future: Not Giving Up
"The Rejectionist and Posthumanist arguments are dangerous because they aren’t just dueling abstractions. They have increasing cultural weight, and are becoming more pervasive than ever. And while they superficially take opposite views on technology and change, they both lead to the same result: they tell us to give up.

By positing these changes as massive forces beyond our control, these arguments tell us that we have no say in the future of the world, that we may not even have the right to a say in the future of the world. We have no agency; we are hapless victims of techno-destiny. We have no responsibility for outcomes, have no influence on the ethical choices embodied by these tools. The only choice we might be given is whether or not to slam on the brakes and put a halt to technological development — and there’s no guarantee that the brakes will work. There’s no possible future other than loss of control or stagnation."
golden-ageism  singularitarianism  pragmatism  that-was-the-future-do-you-want-another? 
july 2011 by Vaguery
Revolution! - Within Reason (Charles T. Rubin @ The New Atlantis)
Anissimov: "We are willing to do whatever it takes, within reason, to get a positive Singularity. Governments are not going to stop us. If one country shuts us down, we go to another country."

"(Now I understand why Bond movie villains end up somewhere in mid-ocean.)"
singularitarianism 
june 2011 by kellyramsey
Singularitarianism? (PZ Myers @ Pharyngula)
" Oh, well. I'll make my own predictions. Magazines will continue to praise Kurzweil's techno-religion in sporadic bursts, and followers will continue to gullibly accept what he says because it is what they wish would happen. Kurzweil will die while brain-uploading and immortality are still vague dreams; he will be frozen in liquid nitrogen, which will so thoroughly disrupt his cells that even if we discover how to cure whatever kills him, there will be no hope of recovering the mind and personality of Kurzweil from the scrambled chaos of his dead brain. "
singularitarianism  cranks 
february 2011 by kellyramsey
Why I’m Not Afraid of the Singularity (Kyle Munkittrick @ Discover Magazine)
" If A.I. decided to obliterate humanity by launching all the nukes, it’d also annihilate the infrastructure that powers it. Me thinks self-preservation should be a basic feature of any real AGI. "
singularitarianism 
january 2011 by kellyramsey
The Singularity Institute’s Scary Idea (and Why I Don’t Buy It) (Ben Goertzel @ IEET)
" although I don’t agree with the Scary Idea, I do agree that the development of advanced AGI has significant risks associated with it. There are also dramatic potential benefits associated with it, including the potential of protection against risks from other technologies (like nanotech, biotech, narrow AI, etc.). So the development of AGI has difficult cost-benefit balances associated with it—just like the development of many other technologies. "
singularitarianism  transhumanism 
november 2010 by kellyramsey
How long until human-level AI? (Ben Goertzel @ IEET)
Of that fraction of compsci who buy the AGI approach, and of the 21 of them who responded (4 of whom are academics)...
singularitarianism  from twitter
september 2010 by kellyramsey
The First Church of Robotics (Jaron Lanier @ New York Times)
" What we are seeing is a new religion, expressed through an engineering culture. ... If technologists are creating their own ultramodern religion, and it is one in which people are told to wait politely as their very souls are made obsolete, we might expect further and worsening tensions. "
religion  singularitarianism 
august 2010 by kellyramsey

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