Bill Longstaff: AI—will they keep us as pets?

It isn’t as if we don’t have enough BIG things to worry about—global warming, resource depletion, nuclear war, for starters—now renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and brilliant entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk are warning about the threat of artificial intelligence (AI). “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” says ...

Bill Longstaff: Will Homo sapiens evolve itself into extinction?

The notion that eventually we will create an artificial intelligence superior to our own has been around for quite a while. Now someone has boldly, perhaps foolishly, predicted a deadline. Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering. has confidently predicted that computers will be smarter than humans by 2029. Normally I don’t take predictions too seriously. ...

PostArctica: Strandbeests by Theo Jansen

Theo Jansen (born 1948) is a Dutch artist. In 1990, he began what he is known for today: building large mechanisms out of PVC that are able to move on their own, known as Strandbeest. His animated works are a fusion of art and engineering; in a car company (BMW) television commercial Jansen says: “The ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Small talk for the technological singularity

Right now, the only time we talk to our machines is when they don’t work right, we yell at them, or to ask them for directions. (GPS, Siri, etc.) However, when our machines become as intelligent and then smarter than … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: It all boils down to your programming

The artificial intelligence(s) in The Fridgularity emphatically do not fall in love. Sex, sure, but love? Alltop is in lust with humor.

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Solutions for an empty galaxy

Long before Enrico Fermix had questioned why there was no sign of advanced species visiting Earth, despite the vastness of the universe and the likelihood of intelligent star-faring species evolving on other planets, Douglas Prong wondered the same thing. But … Continue reading →