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Human speech is an important interface… for the future

I have been using (and selling) Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the last ten years, and love it. It has become exceptionally accurate and responsive in its various revisions, especially now, that it can swallow all the hardware power we can throw at it. However, current dictation software is only useful if you can’t use the computer …

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Pete Worden invites online collaboration with NASA

I attended the speech given by Pete Worden at the International Space Development Conference, which was also held in Second Life on NASA’s Colab island My question: Second Life is an inherently Global environment, is NASA taking this into due consideration, as it could draw on the input and expertise of a worldwide participatory audience? …

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Joining the Lifeboat Foundation Advisory Board

I have been invited to join the Scientific Advisory Board of the Lifeboat Foundation. The Lifeboat Foundation is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization dedicated to encouraging scientific advancements while helping humanity survive existential risks and possible misuse of increasingly powerful technologies, including genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and robotics/AI, as we move towards a technological singularity. It will …

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Upgrading Humans, Why Not? – Kevin Warwick speaks at Uvvy Island

Alerted by New World Notes, I attended the lecture by Kevin Warwick on Uvvy Island this afternoon, antitled “Upgrading Humans, Why Not?”, where he presented his experiences as a cyborg. At the Q&A sessions I asked him two questions, which he was kind enough to answer. “The UK has shown to be able and find …

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Is Freebase from Metaweb going to be what Cyc could have become? Shall the two merge?

Freebase merges the bottom up approach of the social web, with the hierarchies of directories, and the orderliness of traditional relational databases to help ‘organize the world’s knowledge’. (If that sounds familiar, it is because that is what Google is blindly about, with algorithms that are striving to see with barely formed eyes under heavy …

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Happy 2007 with the annual question of Edge.org!

The literary agent John Brockman, editor of the Edge.org website, asks each year a question to representatives of the third culture, unifying the artificial divisions of scientific and humanistic cultures. This year’s question is “What are you optimistic about?” Reading the stimulating and often provocative answers is a favorite passtime of mine: I put them …

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