New Meetup: Philosophy and the Singularity

From: Steve
Sent on: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 12:12 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Plato's Cave - The Orlando Philosophy Meetup Group!

What: Philosophy and the Singularity

When: Sunday, March 7,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
Austins Coffee
929 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
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"God is what mind becomes when it has passed beyond the scale of our comprehension."
-Freeman Dyson

"If we're the most intellectual animal, why are we destroying our only home?"
-Jane Goodall

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: THE SINGULARITY

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

OVERVIEW: WHAT IS A SINGULARITY?

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.

A future that contains smarter-than-human minds is genuinely different in a way that goes beyond the usual visions of a future filled with bigger and better gadgets. Vernor Vinge originally coined the term "Singularity" in observing that, just as our model of physics breaks down when it tries to model the singularity at the center of a black hole, our model of the world breaks down when it tries to model a future that contains entities smarter than human.

Join Plato's Cave philosophers as we consider the philosophical implications of an emerging human future when our creations may outsmart us.

Be sure to check the Message Board and Files sections to prepare for our discussion.

Watch the 2009 Singularity Summit videos at:

http://www.vimeo.com/siai/videos/sort:oldest

. . . and go to the Summit home page at:

http://www.singularitysummit.com

Steve, Organizer, Plato's Cave

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/PlatosCave/calendar/12625875/

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