Posts Tagged ‘singularity’

Singularity Node

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The Node from Murat Pak on Vimeo.

“The Node” is a project of time-image represented as pixels, which is connected to its reinterpretations done by various frequency artists.

“The Node” should be considered as a virtual installation including a collection of recurrences. Each audial redesign of “The Node” will be made by the pure minds in the list below. A notification will be made when each version goes online.


Language is Sonically-Induced, Wireless Telepathy

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Jason Silva raps on Terence McKenna’s Stoned Ape Hypothesis (thinking about thinking).

Musings on Terrence McKenna’s Emergence of Language from jason silva on Vimeo.

And here’s Terence dropping the original language technology on the theory.


Why Data Matters

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

It’s propaganda from IBM, but it’s aspirational, informative propaganda at it’s very best.


Our Culture is Turning To Steam – Now!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said at a recent conference that every two days we now create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until the year 2003.

“History is a heat. It is the heat of accumulated information and accumulated complexity. As our culture progresses we find that we gather more and more information and that we slowly start to move almost from a fluid to a vaporous state as we approach the ultimate complexity of a social boiling point. I believe that our culture is turing to steam.”

- Alan Moore


The Game’s Afoot, Watson

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Watson is the latest machine from IBM designed solely to kill all humans beat humans at Jeopardy!.

Code-named “Watson” after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, the IBM computing system is designed to rival the human mind’s ability to understand the actual meaning behind words, distinguish between relevant and irrelevant content, and ultimately, demonstrate confidence to deliver precise final answers.

Interestingly, to play Jeopardy! Watson must understand clues involving irony, puns, subtle use of language, and love. It’s a question answering generating machine!

“Give me ‘Kill All Humans’ for $1000, Alex.”

“Ha ha, oh, Watson……”

(How can a game be a foot?)


Singularity Now!

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

When it rains, it pours. And right now it’s pouring Singularity like sweet, hot maple syrup all over the fluffy stack of flapjacks that is humanity.

An editor from the transhumanist magazine H+ sums it all up very nicely with a compilation of recent developments on everything from nanofactories to 3D human tissue printers to plasma fusion. The asymptote is in view.

Meanwhile, American researchers have successful produced an amazing breakthrough in the creation of artificial life. Pre-programmed DNA “software” implanted in a surrogate cell. The cell then reads the new, synthetic DNA, produces the proteins encoded therein and converts the surrogate into the cell species specified by the genetic code. The newly minted cell species then copies itself billions of times – all containing the same synthetically programmed DNA. New life.

“I think they’re going to potentially create a new industrial revolution,” Dr Venter said.

“If we can really get cells to do the production that we want, they could help wean us off oil and reverse some of the damage to the environment by capturing carbon dioxide.”

Simultaneously, we don’t know the risks of launching vast synthetic organisms into the wild. It’s kind of an organic grey goo quandry.

However, we will have the machines on our side! Newly developed transistors allow biological proteins to communicate with to nano-electronic circuits.

First, researchers built the backbone of the transistor out of a carbon nanotube between two electrodes. Next, they insulated the electrodes and covered the nanotube with a mixture of fatty molecules called lipids and proteins. The covering formed a lipid “bilayer” — a double lipid membrane — much like those that make up the outer membranes of biological cells.

The researchers then poured a solution of sodium ions, potassium ions and adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, over the transistor while running a voltage through it. In cells, ATP is the primary source of energy. It fulfilled the same role in the transistor, powering the proteins embedded in the lipid bilayer.

These proteins began working, transferring sodium and potassium ions across the bilayer. The charges from the ions created an electrical field around the transistor, which then changed the ability of the transistor to conduct electricity by as much as 35 percent. The higher the concentration of ATP, the more the conductivity changed.

Getting a biological molecule to control the electric current in a transistor is a first step toward computers that would interface directly with the brain.

“We are about to break the surly bonds of [reality] and punch the face of God!” – H. Simpson


What Is The Singularity?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

A trailer for a film about the singularity.


The Sex Singularity

Monday, October 12th, 2009

H+ Magazine has interviewed some of the leading researchers and thinkers in the realm of transhumanism, Haptic technology and teledildonics to answer the question, what is the future of sex?

Wait, did you say you’ve never heard of teledildonics?