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New Documents for Sunday's Meeting

From: Steve
Sent on: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 7:35 PM
Greetings Philosophers,

I hope that those who have made reservations for this Sunday's Plato's Cave meeting are preparing for our dialog. Please note that I have placed three new documents in our files sections that I think you will find very interesting:

AI-Slow Progress
Artificial Intelligence - What Progress ?

Artificial Intelligence - The Singularity - 1

Artificial Intelligence - The Singularity - 2

Although the idea of "smarter-than-human" artificial intelligence is a hotly debated idea, there are some pretty smart futurists who are quite sincere in their concern and their warnings:


For over a hundred thousand years, the evolved human brain has held a privileged place in the expanse of cognition. Within this century, science may move humanity beyond its boundary of intelligence. This possibility, the singularity, may be a critical event in history, and deserves thoughtful consideration


What is the Singularity? The Singularity is the technological creation of smarter-than-human intelligence. There are several technologies that are often mentioned as heading in this direction. The most commonly mentioned is probably Artificial Intelligence, but there are others: direct brain-computer interfaces, biological augmentation of the brain, genetic engineering, ultra-high-resolution scans of the brain followed by computer emulation. Some of these technologies seem likely to arrive much earlier than the others, but there are nonetheless several independent technologies all heading in the direction of the Singularity ? several different technologies which, if they reached a threshold level of sophistication, would enable the creation of smarter-than-human intelligence.

Check out the Plato's Cave files section to read more.

If you are free this Sunday afternoon and want to join in the discussion, but are discouraged because all 15 of our philosopher slots are taken, don't fret. Get on the waiting list and prepare for the discussion. There are always some last minute drop-outs due to unforeseen circumstances. The meetup system will automatically notify you in the order of your RSVP when space comes available. If you have already reserved your place but know that you will be unable to participate, please update your reservation as soon as possible so that another member can attend. Thanks.

I look forward to a stimulating discussion. -Steve

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