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  1. For all you AI and Singularity geeks out there, I found this article entitled "How to Build a Mind?" really interesting and intuitive. It is about a new theory that attempts to integrate recent findings from both neuroscience and deep learning. It explains how the hippocampus encodes recent episodic memories of life events, and then plays them back while we sleep in order to "train" the neocortex. This is very similar to the approach used by the folks at DeepMind to teach AlphaGo using a combination of supervised learning and reinforcement learning. In fact, Demis Hassabis, founder of DeepMind, was a co-author on the paper, along with neuroscientist Jay McClelland from Stanford - a former colleague and collaborator of mine during the earlier days of artificial neural networks while we were both at CMU, along with neural net pioneer Geoff Hinton, who is also now at Google. In fact, most of the smartest people I've ever worked with (literally, at least 10 people I can think of off the top of my head) now work at Google... Which reminds me, earlier today I watched a really good video (embedded below) by Demis about DeepMind, AlphaGo and the future of AI. Demis describes in very accessible detail (starting at 28:15) the way AlphaGo works, and how it was trained (by playing against itself millions of times) to beat Lee Se-Dol, one of the world's top human Go players. I predict that DeepMind's approach to the development of artificial general intelligence may actually work, and come to fruition in the next couple decades. That will really make things interesting. I usually shy away from offering investment advice, but for those of you who haven't but can afford to, I recommend investing at least a little of your retirement savings in Google as an insurance policy against technological unemployment. When and if a Google AI steals all the jobs, you'll be glad you did... --Dean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f71RwCksAmI
  2. OK - everyone has got to watch this tongue-in-cheek music video called Forever Young, produced by Humanity Death Watch (itself a very funny website). It is about immortality, the Singularity, Ray Kurzweil, and has cameos by the "big three" Anti-AI spokespeople (Hawking, Gates & Musk). Sthira, you are going to love this. It is without question the most hilarious thing I've seen in a long time. If we can't laugh at ourselves, what's the point? Note - I've pasted the lyrics below the video for curmudgeons who don't have time to watch a 4min video. Enjoy! --Dean Produced by Humanity Death Watch Directed by Dorian & Weston Lyrics: Mr. Kurzweil please stay for a while. Singularity’s near, we’re only watching the clock. Hoping for the best but expecting robots Are they gonna kill us all or not? Don’t let me die young I want to live forever My body is fragile so replace it with metal. Living as a cyborg, I’ll be on a God-trip It’s all about transcendence. Our bodies and computers will be as one Superintelligence will be such fun! Thanks to our leader we’ll always be new with brains wired to self improve. Forever young I want to be forever young. With Ray I want to live forever Forever, and ever. Forever young I want to be forever young Yes I really want to live forever Forever young. Some are just downers, some refuse to see Some won’t transcend their biology. Sooner or later they all will be gone While my guy stays young. It’s so hard to get old, I’d rather not I’ll never perish with my nanobots Me and Ray we’re enlightened ones And we’ll evolve together. Uploading our consciousness before death Saved in the cloud to be born again. So many dreams comin’ out of the blue They all will come true! Forever young I want to be forever young. With Ray I’m gonna live forever Forever, and ever. Forever young I want to be forever young. Yes I really want to live forever Forever, and ever. Forever young I want to be forever young! I’m gonna sing this song forever! Written by Paul Babb Directed by Dorian & Weston Cinematography by Neil Lokken Animation & Models by Weston Getto Allen Art Assistants: Rebecca Cook, & Berenice Delfuego Suchilt Original Song Performed by Alphaville Parody Lyrics by Paul Babb & Dorian Electra Starring: Dorian Electra Featuring: Christopher Crawford & Montana Ridge
  3. Sthira

    Unfolding Liz Parrish

    I'm positive y'all are keeping up with what she's doing. How can we not? Even if I see some wagging virtual fingers in my mind in this crowd, nevertheless, she's out there taking a risk, attempting to move shiz forward, you know all about her. And so I respect opinions here, and am genuinely curious to hear some erudite chit chat about her self-commitment. She recently gave a second interview to that guy I like Socrates who has Singularity on his mind: https://www.singularityweblog.com/category/podcasts/ Please don't hold back your opinions. First to taint the waters, my own opinion is she flipping rocks and I wish her the very best.
  4. Dean Pomerleau

    The Coming Robopocalypse

    The robots being built by Boston Dynamics (still a Google-owned company) continue to get creepier and more capable at the same time. Check out this latest video of a prototype future home robot, especially starting at 0:53. Cute and scary at the same time. Like a cross between a puppy and a velociraptor... As I've said, I think Google (and its minion companies like DeepMind and Boston Dynamics) are on course to take over the world in the next few decades... I'm doing what I can to prepare for it. BTW, Robopocalypse is a really good Sci-Fi book by a former CMU robotics colleague. --Dean