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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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We all feel fine – and it shows

We Feel Fine is an incredible display of the power of the web to transform the way we think about humanity. Emotions are among the most human of characteristics, and being able to see their power dynamically is astonishing. We Feel Fine is a website that analyses blog postings to search for those that contain …

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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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RitaliaCamp: 31st march I will be there. And you?

RitaliaCamp: il 31 marzo io ci sarò. E tu? Ritalia, to rethink Italia.it, has been born from an online chat among friends. In a month it has become something interesting, stimulating, and groundbreaking. Today we are more than 200, with online collaboration tools, daily virtual meetings, and a persistend and active contact. On 31st march …

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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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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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