Pope Francis foresees the economic difficulties in wresting AI from the hands of Wall Street: “The alliance between the economy and technology ends up sidelining anything unrelated to its immediate interests. Consequently the most one can expect is superficial rhetoric, sporadic acts of philanthropy and perfunctory expressions of concern for the environment, whereas any genuine attempt by groups within society to introduce change is viewed as a nuisance based on romantic illusions or an obstacle to be circumvented.”
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Google is developing a 50 qubit quantum computer, which would outperform the world’s leading supercomputers. A 300 qubit computer would supply the computing needs for the entire universe.
In China, a robot monk dispenses spiritual advice. It’s not sentimental, either: when a supplicant said he was unhappy, the response was, “If you’re not happy, what can anyone else do about it?”
Source: NY Times
The US Department of Transportation has issued guidelines for autonomous vehicles. The future is arriving faster and faster…
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So… not quite ready to get rid of humans in article classification yet, perhaps…
From the Guardian:
Like the self-driving Ubers, these cars actually come with a driver ready to take control, plus an observer taking notes in the back, but if anything, that demonstrates even more the imminent value proposition of self-driving cars, because who would make that kind of investment in something that wasn’t very likely to pay off big, and soon?
Excellent comprehensive timeline of the future of autonomous vehicles. An auto rep figures level 5 autonomy (all conditions) will not happen within our lifetimes. What do you think?
I like these predictions from 1900 of life in 2000…not because they’re in the slightest bit accurate, but because they demonstrated the kind of creative thinking that you would need to exercise to conceive of life a hundred years hence. It could not be anything like what life then was like; it could not be predictable. Hence, it was as likely to contain winged firefighters, underwater croquet, and automated concert orchestras as anything else.
The provocatively-titled 1989 book “Are You a Transhuman?” by the even more provocatively-named author “FM-2030” says:
The American presidency is slowly evolving into a ceremonial position–like the monarchies in West European countries. By the second or third decade of the new century presidential elections in the U.S. will probably have about as much significance as today’s Academy Awards. Thanks to national television presidential elections will probably grow more glitzy–but they will have less and less substance.
I think we could find much to agree with there. He goes on to attribute this waning of significance to an anticipated flourishing of electronic voting on issues (referenda), which is technologically feasible, but unappealing to those holding power.
FM-2030 was born Fereidoun M. Esfandiary but changed his name to reflect his belief that by the year 2030 humanity would have undergone a radical transformation. Human Cusp isn’t foundationally transhumanist, but does suggest a strategy that is undeniably transhuman.