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Humanity and Technology: my #1 topic
Technology and/versus Humanity: my new Youtube PlaylistWWW.YOUTUBE.COMThis year marks the beginning of a new focus for me. How technology is changing humanity, and how we should deal with that, is certain to become the #1 topic. You can download the high resolution version of this minute film here, btw (dropbox 800 MB)

You’re Only Human, But Your Kids Could Be So Much More: great story on CRISPR-CAS9 and gene editing.WWW.futuristgerd.comSome very thorny issues are emerging – are we ready for this? “I mean a designer baby. You would be literally designing and producing a new type of baby via the same sort of technology that is used to make a GM tomato, mouse, or monkey. The baby would be a genetically modified human or, to phrase it in an edgier manner, a GM human”


The Singularity, Virtual Immortality and Consciousness: even a great simulation is still not duplication! (Robert Lawrence Kuhn)WWW.futuristgerd.comSome crucial stuff here: “Consciousness is the elephant in the room, and most techno-futurists do not see it. NYU Philosopher David Chalmers famously described the “hard problem” of consciousness: “Why does it feel like something inside? Why is all our brain processing — vast neural circuits and computational mechanisms — accompanied by conscious experience? Why do we have this amazing inner movie going on in our minds? I don’t think the hard problem of consciousness can be solved purely in terms of neuroscience…The one mistake we must avoid,” Searle cautioned, “is supposing that if you simulate it, you duplicate it. A deep mistake embedded in our popular culture is that simulation is equivalent to duplication. But of course it isn’t. A perfect simulation of the brain — say, on a computer — would be no more conscious than a perfect simulation of a rainstorm would make us all wet…


Redefining the relationship of man and machine: Gerd's narrated chapter from the ‘The Future of Business’ book (video, audio, free pdf + German translation) WWW.futuristgerd.comI am delighted to be part of a group of 62 leading futurists that compiled their ideas and visions in the amazing ‘The Future of Business’ book, edited by my good friend, colleague and publisher Rohit Talwar. The book is a fantastic read and the 500+ pages are worth every minute you spend on them…


The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers WWW.THEATLANTIC.COMThe race to bring driverless cars to the masses is only just beginning, but already it is a fight for the ages. The competition is fierce, secretive, and elite. It pits Apple against Google against Tesla against Uber: all titans of Silicon Valley, in many ways as enigmatic as they are revered.


Must-read on Human Augmentation and Transhumanism: Phase Change (via Medium)MEDIUM.COM“An AI that mastered nanotechnology would probably expand at almost the speed of light, incorporating everything into itself”
How Artificial Intelligence Will Give Birth To ItselfIEET.ORG“Once a self-aware, self-improving AI of human-level or better intelligence exists, it’s hard to know how quickly it’ll be able to improve itself. Its rate of improvement will depend on its software, hardware, and networking capabilities.”





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