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Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality

Robert Geraci

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195393026
eISBN:
9780199777136
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393026.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The hope that we might one day upload our minds into robots and, eventually, cyberspace has become commonplace and now affects life across a broad spectrum of western culture. Popular science books ... More


Apocalyptic AI

Robert M. Geraci

in Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195393026
eISBN:
9780199777136
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393026.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Apocalyptic AI is a movement that exemplifies the longstanding connection between religion and science in the western world. The movement, based on popular science books by Hans Moravec and Ray ... More


MACHINE INTELLIGENCE

Vinod K. Wadhawan

in Smart Structures: Blurring the Distinction Between the Living and the Nonliving

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199229178
eISBN:
9780191711282
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229178.003.0010
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

This chapter on machine intelligence reiterates Hawkins' viewpoint that genuine artificial intelligence can be developed only by emulating the neocortical structure of the mammalian brain. The pros ... More


Humanity's End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement

Nicholas Agar

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014625
eISBN:
9780262289122
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014625.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Proposals to make us smarter than the greatest geniuses or to add thousands of years to our life spans seem fit only for the spam folder or trash can, yet these are what contemporary advocates of ... More


The Future

John E. Mayfield

in The Engine of Complexity: Evolution as Computation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163040
eISBN:
9780231535281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163040.003.0014
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

A central feature of the engine of complexity is that trajectories of outcomes through possibility space are chaotic in the sense that there is no way to predict in detail where they will go. This ... More


Nanobots and Nanotubes: Two Alternative Biomimetic Paradigms of Nanotechnology

Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent

in Genesis Redux: Essays in the History and Philosophy of Artificial Life

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226720807
eISBN:
9780226720838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226720838.003.0011
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter argues that materials scientists working in the hot, new area of nanotechnology exhibit an approach to the project of artificial life that contrasts sharply with the traditional approach ... More


Radical Enhancement and Posthumanity

Nicholas Agar

in Humanity's End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014625
eISBN:
9780262289122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014625.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter addresses an implication of radical enhancement that is obscured in some of the more lighthearted presentations of the idea. Radically enhanced beings are not only significantly better ... More


The Technologist—Ray Kurzweil and the Law of Accelerating Returns

Nicholas Agar

in Humanity's End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014625
eISBN:
9780262289122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014625.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter describes Kurzweil’s prediction tool, the law of accelerating returns, which applies to all technologies. Kurzweil combines several lucrative computing patents with a knack for ... More


The Therapist—Aubrey de Grey’s Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence

Nicholas Agar

in Humanity's End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014625
eISBN:
9780262289122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014625.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter describes some of the science behind the strategies for engineered negligible senescence (SENS). It argues that Aubrey de Grey has presented substantial arguments about how we might put ... More


A Species-Relativist Conclusion about Radical Enhancement

Nicholas Agar

in Humanity's End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014625
eISBN:
9780262289122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014625.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter is an optimistic discussion presenting some good news about remaining “merely” human. Humanity is not just what we get left with once we have refused the theories of Kurzweil, de Grey, ... More


Apotheosis: Yes! Or No?

James A. Anderson

in After Digital: Computation as Done by Brains and Machines

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780199357789
eISBN:
9780190675264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357789.003.0019
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

In the future, perhaps all styles of computation will coalesce, each compensating for the weaknesses of the others. Humans are wary of intelligence in other species for good reason, for example, ... More


I Don’t Know about the Coming Singularity

Aaron Jaffe

in The Way Things Go: An Essay on the Matter of Second Modernism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816692019
eISBN:
9781452949017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692019.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Ray Kurzweil describes the “coming singularity” as the tipping point between humans and thing-machines, as well as the involvement of two kinds of non-things: trash and trinkets. This chapter ... More


The Benefits: New Goods

Arthur M. Diamond Jr.

in Openness to Creative Destruction: Sustaining Innovative Dynamism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780190263669
eISBN:
9780190263706
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190263669.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

The value of innovative new goods is hard to measure, but can be seen in how people vote with their feet to live where there are innovative new goods. Among the most important new goods are cures for ... More


Introduction

Joshua Raulerson

in Singularities: Technoculture, Transhumanism, and Science Fiction in the 21st Century

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846319723
eISBN:
9781781381052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319723.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The introduction establishes the concept of technological Singularity in two modalities: a futurological thesis, popularized by Ray Kurzweil and others, expounding the consequences of exponential ... More


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