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Education in the Future

In the early days of human history, education was the process of passing on knowledge from one individual to another in an informal and usually ad hoc arrangement. Then we learned to document knowledge and it became possible to distribute the learning of knowledge and formalize the process into the teacher and school paradigm. Over […]

Detecting Intelligence

Intelligence is a complex concept and can be difficult to define. How we define it will determine how we go about attempting to detect it. If we use a simplistic definition that only includes computation speed and accuracy and amount of information, we will use those factors to determine whether or not we have detected […]

The Singularity is an Ascension

An Ascension is the act of an individual or group or species collectively raising their level of consciousness away from simple physical existence and toward spiritual existence. Because this describes an ascending beyond our current state, it is difficult to define. In science fiction, it ranges from a fairly static physical form with greatly enhanced […]

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 […]

Synthesizing Intelligence

We are constantly getting better at designing software tools to help us navigate an ever growing ocean of information and negotiate methods of applying it wisely. We ask our tools for advice and decide how to use the advice they offer. We use some of these new tools to aid in the design of better […]

Search for Old Intelligence

Our Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) programs scan the cosmos for tell-tale electromagnetic traces of other civilizations. They hope to find a beacon announcing the presence of an intelligent species out among the stars, but they also are looking for any signal that might indicate intelligence even though it is not intended as an announcement. […]