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Multidimensional Intelligence

Intelligence is often presented as a simple linear scale that ranges from some description of “low” to some description of “high”. In fact, intelligence takes on different forms. The linear scale is often used to describe factors like: computational speed, computational accuracy, and amount of knowledge stored. While these all should be included in an […]

1408 – Yongle Encyclopedia

The Yongle encyclopedia was an attempt to compile all knowledge available to the Ming Dynasty empire of China in 1408. Over two thousand scholars spent four years compiling the work, which was commissioned by the Yongle emperor. The finished product of 917,480 pages was bound into over eleven thousand volumes, most of which have been […]

Augmenting Reality

The current definition of “augmented reality” is when extra abstracted information is added to our view of reality. This is mostly envisioned as being overlays of information that are added to a viewing device, like a heads up display. The viewer can look around and see a real viewscape, but they are also offered a […]

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 […]

Human Potential

Potential is about the possibilities of unrealized ability. It is about conceptualizing new combinations of existing functions that will create new ability. The combinations can come in many different forms, including: ideas, actions, collaborations, and more. Human potential is going through some radical changes and is likely to continue accelerating for the near future at […]

Fixing Brains With Engineered Neural Tissue

Micro Tissue Engineered Neural Networks (micro-TENNs) are preformed neural network structures which can serve as a foundation for reconstruction of damaged brain pathways. These engineered tissues are being injected into the brains of lab rats for testing. If the neural network tissue is “trained” with a specific knowledge set before being injected, it might become […]

The L-Factor Limits Contact With ET Aliens

The Drake Equation is a fascinating way to predict the chances of intelligent life existing in the universe. It combines factors of how many stars are in a galaxy, how many planets might be around stars, how many of those planets might be habitable, how many habitable planets spawn life, how many life forms achieve […]

A Singularity of Morality

A singularity of intelligence and technology is what the term “the singularity” usually references, and the original primary use of the term described gravitational collapse into a black hole. In a general sense, singularities of all types are characterized by rapid growth in some factor that dramatically changes the entire landscape being described. The gravity […]

Software That Creates Hardware

All of our work at chiseling shapes out of matter originates with an idea of something. Then we find a way to manifest that idea through some technique of manipulating energy and matter. We “see” patterns in the swirl of the world around us and decide to recreate that pattern in a new form. The […]

An Implosion of Taxonomy

One difficulty in trying to assess the state of the singularity is maintaining focus on key areas. The nature of the singularity is an explosion of knowledge and science and technology. It is obvious that some key areas include: artificial intelligence, robotics, computing, knowledge engineering, nanotechnology, bio-genetics, energy, augmented reality and ethics. But each of […]