Foresight Update 23.26: Plugging AIs into civilization - June 25, 2009
Discuss these news stories at http://foresight.org/nanodot.
When we build a formal, mechanical version of a given skill, we don't save it to be part of a single huge AI system as if we were building the Forbin Project, but deploy it directly in the form of a software app or machine controller or accounting practice or whatever is appropriate. It gets hooked into the existing huge network of information processing and feedback/control function that forms civilization…
Jamais Cascio has an article in the current Atlantic about how humans are getting smarter. This is the best article on the subject I've seen in the mainstream press, and better than most in the transhumanist corner of the web.
Cascio's main point is that, as we've always done, we build our technology to make ourselves smarter…
An article this past weekend on Nanowerk reports on a study about attitudes toward regulation of nanotechnology among nanoscientists and the general public:
As reported in the online version of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research today (June 19), Scheufele and Corley found that the public tends to focus on the benefits — rather than potential environmental and health risks — when making decisions about nanotechnology regulation, whereas scientists mainly focus on potential risks and economic values…
Suppose there were a class of technologies called millitech: science and engineering that could be measured in millimeters, from say about a tenth of a millimeter to 100 millimeters — in any dimension. That includes hairs, paper, pebbles, marbles, anything you can hold in the palm of your hand, anything less than 4 inches thick no matter how long or wide it is.
This would be, frankly, an insane classification on which to base regulations of whatever technology you had in mind…
—Nanodot posts by J. Storrs Hall
July 30, 2009
August 20-22, 2009
Advancements in technologies such as nanotech, robotics, and biotech are promising to make major differences in our lives in the not-too-distant future, as the Industrial Revolution did to the agrarian world — to do for the physical world what the computer and Internet have done to the world of information.
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