It's been a while since we've ended our week on an apocalyptic note, so here are some thoughts on why we're all in trouble. My favorite line:
Accepting the threat of superintelligence involves 1) understanding
that human intelligence is finite, understandable, and ultimately
engineerable, just like the body (surprise!), and 2) humans are [...] actually close to the dumbest that a species can be and
establish a civilization.
If you happen to live in California, there are two upcoming events that may be of interest:
* The Singularity Summit is this weekend, Oct. 25, in San Jose. It will cover topics like artificial intelligence, robotics, and nanotech.
* Convergence08 is taking place November 15-16 at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley. There are presentations on a number of interesting transhuman concepts plus debates on artificial intelligence, longevity, and synthetic biology.