The Principles of Social Futurism (pt.1/5)

The Principles of Social Futurism (pt.1/5)

The Principles of Social Futurism define Social Futurism itself, which is a movement for Positive Social Change Through Technology. As such, Social Futurism represents the intersection of social, political, and economic concerns on the one hand, and technological issues on the other. My previous articles for Transhumanity.net have discussed Social Futurism at some length now, so it is only appropriate to present the defining document of that movement for consideration. This article forms a kind of fulcrum at the heart of a broader discussion, which began with “Know Your ABCs” parts 1 & 2, and which will continue with expansion

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Incremental Steps To Nowhere

In this edition, the top news starts with:  AI systems are now spotting heart attacks on emergency calls, improving the time it takes to identify cases.  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-20/the-ai-that-spots-heart-attacks  A real AI scientist thinks Elon Musk’s fears about the future of AI are unfounded…   https://www.pcmag.com/news/361929/why-everything-elon-musk-fears-about-ai-is-wrong  AT&T and Sprint have decided to not publicly sell user location data to third party brokers.  https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/19/17479490/att-follows-verizon-user-location-data-sale-brokers  China’s secret cyber war for domination has managed to breach satellite defense companies in the US.   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-usa-cyber/china-based-campaign-breached-satellite-defense-companies-symantec-idUSKBN1JF2X0  Author Truffer seems to think that there will likely not be an international ban on autonomous weapons; especially given they are already in

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Better Control Over Humans By The Machine Overlords

In this edition, the top news starts with:  NASA is making progress with growing plants in space, mostly focused on small experiments on small scales.  https://www.popsci.com/nasa-growing-food-in-space  A new startup is looking at some kind of centrifuge mass driver to put rockets into space…   http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/14/technology/spinlaunch-rocket/index.html  It looks like IoT cameras have a nice vulnerability that could let hackers or machine AI take control.  Oh Joy…   https://www.zdnet.com/article/vulnerabilities-in-these-iot-cameras-could-give-attackers-full-control-warn-researchers/  Developers bask in the joys of the Microsoft Empire controlling the open source community…   https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/18/17474284/microsoft-github-acquisition-developer-reaction  The industry is starting to realize that machine learning is fragmented and needs to standardize more.    https://www.cmswire.com/digital-experience/machine-learning-fragmentation-is-slowing-us-down-there-is-a-solution/  Another narrow AI

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Know Your ABCs (pt.2): Convergence

The previous article introduced the concepts of Asterion and Blackstar, being the ZS–ARG formulations of Technological Singularity and its Transhuman “Event Horizon”, respectively. Part 2, below, will now explain what Convergence means to ZSers.   Top-Level Goal (TLG)   As I have explained elsewhere, all intelligent systems require a “Top-Level Goal” (TLG) in order to adapt effectively to their environment, regardless of whether that Goal is explicit or implicit. ZS’ TLG is to survive and thrive, just as that is the implicit TLG of most (if not all) living organisms. Everything ZS does, everything it is, follows from that single

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Physicist Max Tegmark on Life 3.0: What We Do Makes a Difference

Aome people say that renowned MIT physicist Max Tegmark is totally bonkers and refer to him as “Mad Max”. But, to quote Lewis Carroll from Alice in Wonderland, “All the best people are.” Furthermore, I am not sure if Tegmark is “mad” but I am pretty sure he is very much “fun” because I had a total blast interviewing him on my Singularity.FM podcast. During our 90 min conversation with Max Tegmark we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: curiosity and being a scientist; reality and math; intelligence, AI and AGI; the technological singularity; Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence; populating the

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Sideways TV… Because It’s Better, I Promise…

In this edition, the top news starts with:  More nonsense from a company that apparently is not paying attention to the AI industry and other emotional computing systems, claiming they did it first…   http://techcompanynews.com/bpu-holdings-delivers-artificial-emotional-intelligence-computing-platform-zimos/  The American Medical Association has announced its first policy about AI and irreplaceable human intelligence, showing just how far behind the curve they are…     https://www.ama-assn.org/ama-passes-first-policy-recommendations-augmented-intelligence    Meanwhile AI is learning to see in the dark; working to replace all that irreplaceable human intelligence…   https://qz.com/1279913/artificial-intelligence-is-learning-to-see-in-the-dark/  Motorola seems to have come out with another step towards a folding Smart Phone… we are all excited to see that hit the

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Speed Humps and Securities

In this edition, the top news starts with:  Bitcoin and Ethereum are officially not securities according to the SEC, primarily because they are too decentralized.    https://www.wired.com/story/sec-ether-bitcoin-not-securities/  Google’s (er… I mean “Alphabet’s”) Deepmind is able to decompose a 3D space from a few 2d images.    https://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/robotics/artificial-intelligence/alphabet-deep-mind-makes-a-key-advance-in-computer-vision  In a statement likely to flood the market with startups focused on the slowest database architecture known, someone realized that using blockchain for a database system might be a blue ocean (likely not for long though as the ‘blue’ ocean will run red with the blood of startups…)  https://blog.bigchaindb.com/blockchains-for-artificial-intelligence-ec63b0284984  Visual data is flooding the IoT

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Know Your ABCs (pt.1): Asterion & Blackstar

We live in a world which is rapidly coming to a head. Not only are promising technologies converging at an accelerating pace, but so are a number of serious risks whose convergence could easily spell global annihilation. The necessary conclusion is that there is no safe retreat. We must push forward, toward Social Futurist solutions to humanity’s problems… or die.   There is no point in arguing the matter. Those who follow a viable path will live. Those who do not, will not. The choice is yours… but know that the “viable path” is not one that any person can

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“Worlds Without End” Oil On Relief – Transhuman House Art Acquisition

We had another art piece acquired and put into the Transhuman House.  A great oil relief called ‘Worlds Without End’ by the Artist Karl Hale.  Karl is a local to the Transhuman House member of the MTA (Mormon Transhumanist Association).  Heis work is on display in a number of galleries and we are pleased to have this sort of Transcendent art showcased at the Transhuman House. Karl’s says about the work: “Circle Packing is a mathematical playground where the most foundational known shape (the circle) is organized based on simple rules. In this world, your size is an afterthought; rather, your relationships

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AI is Getting Bigger, Better, Faster and as an Added Bonus, More Power Efficient…

In this edition, the top news starts with: Liberal Arts are important for humans to learn, so they have something to do once their AI overlords take over and the humans lose their jobs… https://venturebeat.com/2018/06/12/why-liberal-arts-and-the-humanities-are-as-important-as-engineering/ IBM’s new artificial synapses look to make AI 100 times more energy efficient. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611390/ai-could-get-100-times-more-energy-efficient-with-ibms-new-artificial-synapses/ The United States is looking at creating a virtual border wall, using technology developed by the guy who designed Oculus Rift. https://futurism.com/virtual-border-wall/ While Google promises to do the ethical thing, they are distancing themselves from their DoD contract and being unethical, by not helping the DoD build the AI driven combat

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