Dec 9, 2014
- The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
- The Transhumanist Wager
The links we covered are as follows:
The links we covered are as follows:
Today Blinkergoesleft was once again joined by Futurology mods Bostoniaa and CaptainMeta4 for the monthly recap of links submitted to reddit.com/r/futurology. The top three links are the highest voted and the last two were chosen by the mods.
This month's guests included fellow futurology mods Bostoniaa and Captainmeta4.
This month we had special guest Jason Ganz aka Bostoniaa on the show to recap the top 5 links. We also talked about the journey this subreddit has taken and how it went from a few hundred subscribers to 1 million + in two years.
In this episode, Alex and Jason were joined by Tom (moderator Ion-Tom) to talk about his time at the Seattle Futurist meetup. For those of you following nuclear fusion, this will be interesting. As far as the top links go, here they are in order. We took out a story about UBI (universal basic income) due to the fact that we'd like to have a full debate without the same old circle jerk. We need one volunteer to represent the pros of UBI and one who is against it. On the next podcast we'll hopefully get some solid points from each side.
Blinkergoesleft - @Regretful
SpeakMouthWords - @SpeakMouthWords
Ion-Tom - @TomRiecken
This week I spoke with William Hertling who is a programmer and the author of the singularity series which starts of with Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears
David Ryan is the designer of ELOPe, an email language optimization program, that if successful, will make his career. But when the project is suddenly in danger of being canceled, David embeds a hidden directive in the software accidentally creating a runaway artificial intelligence.
David and his team are initially thrilled when the project is allocated extra servers and programmers. But excitement turns to fear as the team realizes that they are being manipulated by an A.I. who is redirecting corporate funds, reassigning personnel and arming itself in pursuit of its own agenda.
Avogadro Corp is followed by A.I. Apocalypse, and The Last Firewall. While we will get back to the top 5 format next month, I thought William would be a great guest to have on since his books cover a lot of what we discuss. Naturally AI is the main topic but his books also touch on the singularity and also topics like UBI (universal basic income). Have a listen right here, iTunes, or YouTube. If you would like to read more about William Hertling check out his site here.
We're back with another installment of Futurology's top 5 links of the month. We also through in a self post which we may start doing more based on the discussions they generate.
2105 - Physicists have discovered a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality. - marrek
2034 - A ‘normal’ working week of 21 hours could help to address a range of urgent, interlinked problems: overwork, unemployment, over-consumption, high carbon emissions, low well-being, entrenched inequalities, and the lack of time to live sustainably, to care for each other, and simply to enjoy life. - erwgv3g34
1417 - The march of progress in solar continues - World record solar cell with 44.7% efficiency - Buck-Nasty
1214 - Is the general populace oblivious to the tremendous scientific and technological changes that are happening, and are about to happen? - Halcyon_Red
1029 - $6 Billion Floating City “Freedom” to Dwarf World’s Largest Ships Ever Built - SmileLouder
Today I had the pleasure of interviewing the inventor, designer, and CEO of the Samson Motorworks Switchblade Flying Car. This interview was done AMA style. In other words, I asked questions that were presented by reddit's futurology community. That thread can be seen here. YouTube version of this podcast is here.
Today Alex returned and we were able to crank another top 5 format podcast. We also noted a few stories. One being Glen Beck's rant on the ethics of transhumanism. We also mentioned Ben Goertzel's AMA and last but not least, ask your questions here about the Switchblade Flying Car.
716 - Cost Of Solar Panels To Drop To $0.36 Per Watt By 2017. - A 1,000 watt panel to cost $360 (not counting installation), but last about 6 times longer than batteries. ... "Suddenly, that $360 sounds good." - aluminio
649 - Scientists use new engineered virus to restore sight: `we have now created a virus that you just inject into the liquid vitreous humor inside the eye and it delivers genes to a very difficult-to-reach population of delicate cells. It's a 15-minute procedure, and you can likely go home that day` - pateras
Instead of running through the top 5 links, this episode is dedicated to interviewing Nikola Danaylov. His site (singularityweblog.com) is periodically discussed here and his podcast has featured some of the biggest names in technology. Nikola has also studied at the Singularity University. He now makes his living by blogging, podcasting, and attending singularity related events around the world.