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The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World

Posted by Aaron Claassens on October 28, 2014 at 1:05pm 0 Comments

A few months ago I made the trek to the sylvan campus of the IBM research labs in Yorktown Heights, New York, to catch an early glimpse of the fast-arriving, long-overdue future of artificial intelligence. This was the home of Watson, the electronic genius that conquered Jeopardy! in 2011. The original…


What It Will Take for Computers to Be Conscious

Posted by Aaron Claassens on October 9, 2014 at 10:39am 0 Comments

The world’s best-known consciousness researcher says machines could one day become self-aware.

Is a worm conscious? How about a bumblebee? Does a computer that can play chess “feel” anything?

To Christof Koch, chief scientific officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, the…


Inside the Dark Web

Posted by Aaron Claassens on September 5, 2014 at 3:44pm 0 Comments

Twenty-five years after the world wide web was created, it is now caught in the greatest controversy of its existence: surveillance.

With many concerned that governments and corporations can monitor our every move, Horizon meets the hackers and scientists whose technology is fighting back. It is a controversial technology, and some law enforcement officers believe it is…


Inside the Artificial Brain That’s Remaking the Google Empire

Posted by Aaron Claassens on July 17, 2014 at 4:29pm 0 Comments

It was one of the most tedious jobs on the internet. A team of Googlers would spend day after day staring at computer screens, scrutinizing tiny snippets of street photographs, asking themselves the same question over and over again: “Am I looking at an address or not?’ Click. Yes. Click. Yes. Click.…


David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?

Posted by Aaron Claassens on July 15, 2014 at 5:40pm 0 Comments

Our consciousness is a fundamental aspect of our existence, says philosopher David Chalmers: "There's nothing we know about more directly.... but at the same time it's the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe." He shares some ways to think about the movie playing in our heads.

Ray Kurzweil: Get ready for hybrid thinking

Posted by Aaron Claassens on June 4, 2014 at 3:09pm 0 Comments

Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.

UFO Europe: The untold stories

Posted by Aaron Claassens on June 3, 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

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This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth's First Cousin

Posted by Aaron Claassens on April 23, 2014 at 11:05am 0 Comments

Meet Kepler-186f, the closest thing to our planet ever discovered—and maybe our best shot at locating life elsewhere in the universe.

Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there's a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright…


The Power of the Placebo

Posted by Aaron Claassens on February 21, 2014 at 3:48pm 0 Comments

Seeing The World Is Like Dancing With It

Posted by Aaron Claassens on February 6, 2014 at 1:43pm 0 Comments


When we gaze up into the night sky, we look out into the past. Adam Frank makes this point eloquently in a recent post. And it is a point redolent with consequence in the field of physics. It is the starting point…



New Scientist Article - Why AI is a Dangerous Dream

Started by Aidan J. Last reply by Aaron Claassens Sep 19, 2009. 3 Replies

The Slow and The Quick

Started by Damian Claassens. Last reply by Aaron Claassens Aug 24, 2009. 2 Replies

TechnoCalyps + Zeitgeist

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