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1948 – Moravec – bio

Hans Moravec was born in Austria in 1948 and has contributed influential work in robotics and artificial intelligence. He has also done work in the fields of transhumanism and space tethers (space elevator). In 1998, in “Mind Children”, he wrote, “it is comparatively easy to make computers exhibit adult level performance on intelligence tests or […]

“Hover Camera” Floats and Follows Using AI

Power it on, flip it open, and it hovers in the air, then will follow you anywhere and take 13 megapixel pictures and record 4K video. It uses a location and mapping algorithm to combine data from a down-facing camera, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope to determine where it is. Then it uses facial and […]

Ethics and the Speed of Tech Improvement

Our technology is improving quickly and the rate of that improvement is steadily increasing. Technology always amplifies human effort. If the effort has been aligned ethically, the amplified end product will be amplified goodness. If the effort is not ethical, the amplified end product will be amplified badness or even evil. It seems like we […]

Synthetically Designed Consciousness

We often create artificial versions of things that mimic, but don’t fully measure up to the real object. Many Artificial Intelligence (AI) programs create the impression that they operate with intelligence, even though they don’t actually make the decisions themselves, because they have embedded expert knowledge. Decision trees are abstracted from real life scenarios by […]

Face to Face Turing Test

The Turing Test measures the ability of software to mimic human conversation. Originally conceived by Alan Turing as a test for intelligence in machines, it has become possible to imitate conversation convincingly enough to pass for human, even though the software does not qualify as truly intelligent. In the field of robotics, a new version […]

Virtue in Intelligence

Intelligence can have the ability to self improve. Any self aware intelligence should at least consider the need to self improve. When self improvement is applied continually it will eventually improve the process of self improvement, accelerating growth and creating the possibility of the emergence of super intelligence. Super intelligence is defined as intelligence that […]

An Evil Index for AI

The article below is not about Artificial Intelligence (AI). But it is about the ethics of algorithms that are likely to be used as building blocks in developing AI. Algorithms use decision trees to function and if the decision points embed a bias, the results are likely to be biased. If the subset of data […]

Intelligence Enhances Sex

Sex is better with a partner because it involves the pleasure of two instead of the pleasure of one and because it expands from the pleasure of self to the pleasure of another. Sex is best when both partners focus on the requirements and desires of the other more than their own needs. Just understanding […]

Using AI in the Development of Ethics

Both our understanding and application of ethics need improvement. There has been recent discussion of applying ethics to the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and control of AI. What is really needed is the use of AI in the development and guidance of our ethics. Once a framework of moral standards and a methodology of […]

Software Based Synthetic Knowledge

Software based calculators, spreadsheets, databases, word processors and presentation managers have been augmenting our own ability to process information for years. Over time, they have added math functions, spell checking and animation features to make them more effective. Newer software is developing the ability to process and analyze voice and video streams at ever increasing […]