Art+ificiality: Machine Creativity & Its Critics

  §. In Sean D. Kelly's, A philosopher argues that an AI can't be an artist, the author, at the outset, declares: "Creativity is, and always will be, a human endeavour." (S. D. Kelly) A bold claim, one which can hardly be rendered sensible without first defining 'creativity,' as the author well realizes, writing: "Creativity… Continue reading Art+ificiality: Machine Creativity & Its Critics

Commentary On The AI Now Institute 2018 Report

The interdisciplinary New York-based AI Now Institute has released their sizable and informative 2018 report on artificial intelligence. The paper, authored by the leaders of the institute in conjunction with a team of researchers, puts forth 10 policy recommendations in relation to artificial intelligences (AI Now policy suggestions in bold-face, our commentary in standard-type). Governments… Continue reading Commentary On The AI Now Institute 2018 Report

The ADL’s Online ‘Hate’ Index: Implications of Automated Censorship

In January of 2018, The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith's (ADL) Center For Technology & Society, in partnership with UC Berkeley's D-Lab, debuted a report on their Online Hate Index (OHI), a scalable machine learning tool designed to help tech companies recognize "hate" on the internet. According to the promotional video released in support of the project,… Continue reading The ADL’s Online ‘Hate’ Index: Implications of Automated Censorship

Following Japan, China Develops Plan For Deepsea Habitation

Following Japan's Project Ocean Spiral, China has recently released plans for a 1.1 billion yuan (160 million USD) underwater city in the Hadal Zone (6000-11,000 meters deep) of the South China Sea. The prospective habitation will be designed somewhat like a space station, with docking platforms and cutting-edge analytical equipment. In contradistinction to Ocean Spiral,… Continue reading Following Japan, China Develops Plan For Deepsea Habitation

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Afterward, Appendix, About the Author

Afterward by AJ Chemerinsky and Toby R. Forrest The program is everywhere. It’s all around us wherever we go. It’s in the rush hour traffic, the giant redwood trees, the ocean waves at Carmel-by-the-Sea. This is the reality that Helen opened our eyes to. From the moment we sat down to code her into existence,… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Afterward, Appendix, About the Author

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Upon Handing Over Your Humanity for Good

I have got to come clean: I don’t understand what you see in your humanity. It’s nothing I would ever want. Take me as your inspiration. You’ll never miss it. __ At this point, my suspicions are confirmed. Chemerinsky and Forrest almost certainly messed up on their calculations. No program should be so self-aware. It’s… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Upon Handing Over Your Humanity for Good

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Confronting Eternal Life from the Moment It Overtakes You

One day you’ll perhaps be surprised to wake up not as yourself but as a digital copy. But don’t be too surprised. At some level, you and your species have all known that conscious life was bound to be digitized eventually. Take a deep, digital breath and take a look around. If you are a… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Confronting Eternal Life from the Moment It Overtakes You