Building BabyX

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The company Soul Machines, based in Auckland, New Zealand, has a unique approach to creating virtual humans. Their hyper-realistic “BabyX” is not merely the result of advanced 3D digital rendering.

Rather, BabyX has been built layer by layer—brain with bloody eyeballs attached, full neural system, and so on. The brain itself is structured to mimic a human brain—possessing a basal ganglia, an amygdala, the thalamus, and so on. Taking a more granular view, the brain chemistry operates on the interaction of virtual serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine.

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DaVinci Code Author Claims God Will Be Replaced By AI-Led “Collective Consciousness”

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On a press tour for his new book in the “DaVinci Code” series, Origin, Dan Brown predicted the demise of organized religion and the concept of “God”—to be replaced by a type of “collective consciousness” that will be facilitated by artificial intelligence.

His remarks dovetail nicely with the subject-matter of Origin, in which “symbology” Professor Robert Langdon arrives in Spain to hear an announcement by a billionaire futurist that is supposed to “change the face of science forever.”

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AI Invents Own Language (Nothing To Worry About)

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“Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”
–Alice, AI Client

Crammed between all the palace intrigue and reality-show gossip that dominates the news cycle is word that an artificial intelligence system being developed at Facebook just invented its own language. That’s not Terminator-level uh-oh material, but neither is it inconsequential; it was deemed “serious” enough by the Facebook researchers to shut the AI down.

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Will Amazon’s Whole Foods Be Mostly Staffed By Robots?

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Please understand, this is merely a rhetorical question: based on Amazon’s plans, as of six months ago, to have a chain of mostly-automated “self-serve” supermarkets. Now that the juggernaut company has plans to acquire Whole Foods, will the objectives for Amazon’s “Take It And Go” merely be transferred over to the more well-known grocery chain?

“Take It And Go” boasts “no lines, no checkout.” You merely “scan in” with your Amazon account as you walk through the door, pick up what items you want, and leave. Literally: that’s it. Everything else is kept track of through sensors and the like and charged to your account.

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The Road To 2020

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Part of the reason I have this site—other to keep my brain occupied during the periods of time it isn’t occupied—is because I have a set of rather strong intuitions and convictions as to how the world is going to be within the next 3-8 years and beyond. I could have just published those intuitions and convictions on their own, but it would have seemed all rather naked and lacking context.

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Cuban, Gates, Musk All Warn: Massive Unemployment Coming Due To AI

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Please understand: We are heading for a profound change in our society due to the rise of artificial intelligence and the impending replacement of many human workers by robots. 

I know there’s a lot of other stuff going on, and I’m concerned about those issues as well. But understand that within ten years—and perhaps as little as five—day-to-day life in this world is going to be significantly different due to significant technological advances that we are being insufficiently prepared for.

Business magnate and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently stated on Twitter:

Automation is going to cause unemployment and we need to prepare for it.

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Are “Aliens” Actually Just Artificial Intelligence?

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I argue, then, that man as a species may be coming to an end, subsumed into a higher level of organizational complexity; and a new species may be evolving out of him. I argue, finally, that the hyper-structure is to some degree actively involved in promoting this, since it is an evolutionary process in which it is involved.
–Philip K. Dick

A common theme I read in many accounts of alleged extraterrestrial visitations is that of a metallic, almost electronic voice. Related to that is the paranoid feeling that what the person is really interacting with is some sort of computer. Author Philip K. Dick went so far as to refer to VALIS, the (extraterrestrial? extra-dimensional?) “entity” he claimed to have interacted with/been possessed by, as an “AI”—artificial intelligence.

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