the singularity

  • Why we are still light years away from full artificial intelligence Crunch Network

    Why we are still light years away from full artificial intelligence

    The future is here… or is it? With so many articles proliferating the media space on how humans are at the cusp of full AI, it’s no wonder that we believe that the future — which is full of robots and drones and self-driven vehicles, as well as diminishing human control over these machines — is right on our doorstep. But are we really approaching the singularity as fast… Read More

  • The last driver license holder Crunch Network

    The last driver license holder

    Say hello to Liam. He recently celebrated his first birthday. Not only is he a cutie, he is the last person to get a driver license. Impossible? Not in your lifetime? I don’t know if Liam will be the last person to get a driver license. It could be Sophia or Ethan. But one thing is certain: The last person to get a driver license is already born — the speed of technology… Read More

  • The automation of design Crunch Network

    The automation of design

    Murphy’s Law decrees: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” For any of us whose livelihood depends on our labor, things going wrong could mean: “Anything that can be automated, will be automated.” Our labor or skill in exchange for pay has undoubtedly caused us to seek security in the notion that we’ll be forever needed. Read More

  • Human obsolescence: Are we ready for an artificially intelligent future? Crunch Network

    Human obsolescence: Are we ready for an artificially intelligent future?

    “Enjoy your com-FORT-able stay,” says a robot front-desk clerk at Japan’s Robot Hotel. Do you thank the robot for its awkward salutation? Or maybe you hesitate for a moment before shuffling off in silence. If our digital screens are separating us from human interaction, you better believe AI will further tear that tenuous social fabric. Read More

  • In the singularity, we’ll still be using the same garbage trucks Crunch Network

    In the singularity, we’ll still be using the same garbage trucks

    Our cities face a choice: find creative ways to integrate today’s technology into their DNA or have entire systems get left behind. Urban populations are growing, infrastructure is aging and needs are evolving (access to the Internet is as important as electricity). To keep up with the demands of modern urban populations, cities need ways to integrate new solutions into old ways of… Read More

  • The automation revolution and the rise of the creative economy Crunch Network

    The automation revolution and the rise of the creative economy

    Only three main occupations were available to intrepid job seekers 10,000 years ago: hunting, gathering and procreation. Since then, the job market has advanced dramatically, developing into something not only more diverse, but also more abstract. This progress was the result of human evolution, but also human innovation — as the human race evolved, the scope of its needs changed (and so… Read More

  • The era of AI-human hybrid intelligence Crunch Network

    The era of AI-human hybrid intelligence

    You hear a lot these days about the potential for impending doom as AI becomes ever smarter. Big names are calling for caution: the futurist optimism of protagonists like Ray Kurzweil is outweighed by the concern expressed by Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking. And Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom’s scary thought experiments around what AI might lead to could well sustain a new… Read More

  • The funny things happening on the way to singularity Crunch Network

    The funny things happening on the way to singularity

    People often ask me about the impact of 3D printing on jobs. Will the technology be a job creator or destroyer? The short answer is, it will take more jobs than it makes — and 3D printing is not alone. Technology will eventually make work obsolete. Our big problems are going to be figuring out how to survive the transition, then figuring out what to do with all that free time. Read More

  • Will capitalism survive the robot revolution? Crunch Network

    Will capitalism survive the robot revolution?

    Economic experts are trying to figure out a question that just two decades ago seemed ridiculous: If 90 percent of human jobs are replaced by robots in the next 50 years — something now considered plausible — is capitalism still the ideal economic system to champion? No one is certain about the answer, but the question is making everyone nervous — and forcing people to dig… Read More

  • Why you should fear artificial intelligence Crunch Network

    Why you should fear artificial intelligence

    I have voraciously read endless pro and con scenarios about artificial intelligence since first writing about it years ago. There is no doubt that concerns about the dangers of runaway AI raised by Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Bill Joy and others are genuine. There also is no doubt whatsoever that the new organizations aimed at mitigating the dangers are extremely important… Read More

  • In pursuit of empathetic machines Crunch Network

    In pursuit of empathetic machines

    The universal reaction to Atlas, the newly upgraded next-generation humanoid robot from Boston Dynamics (a company owned by Alphabet), was lots of empathy. Unmindful of being punched, pushed and teased, it focused on finishing tasks in a demo video. People who watched the video responded with comments like “stop bullying” and “say no to bullying.” Read More

  • The singularity is never coming, but it’s already here Crunch Network

    The singularity is never coming, but it’s already here

    When I heard Ray Kurzweil present the concept of the singularity to a small group at TED, the idea that computing power advances would ultimately allow thinking machines to advance beyond humans’ ability to advance them, and eventually allow us to “upload” our own consciousness into an eternal ether, I was so smitten I committed to living long enough to live forever. Read More

  • Is Singularity Near? Crunch Network

    Is Singularity Near?

    The 11th of December 2015, Open AI, a nonprofit artificial intelligence research company was announced to the world. With $1 billion in funding from high-profile investors, such as Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel, the company put forward an ambitious research agenda to keep artificial intelligence beneficial to humanity. Both the research agenda and the objective of the company, is… Read More