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Joining SIAI and participating in the Singularity Summit

Image by David Trowbridge This spring I joined the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI). After having followed Ray Kurzweil‘s, Eliezer Yudkowsky‘s, and Ben Goertzel‘s work for some time, it is my opinion that the institute that they are directing, together with Tyler Emerson, Bruce Klein, and others, is one of the most important today, …

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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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Transcript of my lecture in Second Life on the Democracy in Virtual Worlds

Here is the transcript of my inaugural lecture of the Craedo Auditorium in Colonia Nova in Second Life: Welcome to this seminar about “The theory and practice of democracy in virtual worlds”. I want to thank CARE, CRAEDO, and the Confederation of Democratic Simulators for inviting me to give this talk at the inauguration of …

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New economic analysis on Second Life draws wrong mobile phone analogy

Just in time for my seminar of Second Life next week at the University of Milan, there are new interesting analyses by Tristan Luis of the economy of the online world. Whether the more pessimistic or optimistic projections of user uptake are the valid ones at the end, and if really many or most users …

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