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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On The Future Of Humanity In Space

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I’ve had an interesting…meditation on this topic last night. For some context, I’m an avid reader about innovations in, and the future of, space exploration—though you know, certainly not an expert. I’ve always been fascinated by Timothy Leary’s belief regarding humanity’s destiny being in the stars, “Starseed.”

In his book Musings On Human Metamorphosis, Leary writes:

“Migration is nature’s classic solution to overpopulation, scarcity, and competition. When humanity begins to work for extraterrestrial migration, the competition for material acquisition will gradually diminish because unlimited space, energy, and resources await in the solar system.”

And I have…until yesterday night…really agreed with Leary on this point.

But.

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Elon Musk Believes The Only Way Humans Can Survive AI Is To Become One With It

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It never fails to impress me how some the very same people who are pushing and popularizing and creating and making money off of increasingly advanced AI are also the ones continually touting their “dangers.” Case in point: Elon Musk, who recently reiterated his sentiment that advanced artificial intelligence is going to be a “dangerous situation” for humans.

In this talk at the World Government Summit in Dubai Musk went one step further: suggesting that humanity’s only hope might be to merge their minds with AI:

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Future Shock: What The Next Decade Might Be Like

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I have been studying the topic of “futurology” for several years, and while I don’t claim to be an expert by any stretch of the imagination, I feel confident in saying that I really really really don’t think the public at large is prepared for the sorts of radical changes we will face in only just 3-5 years or so; not to mention within the next decade.

Rather, I don’t think the American public is prepared. I think the United States is stuck in a mire at present, its government making really bad choices that we won’t see the full impact of until years from now.

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The Revival Of Impermanence

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One of the key features of the coming age is the return of the idea of impermanence. If you are a scholar of certain Eastern philosophies, you may be familiar with the idea of impermanence: that all things must break down and fade away.

But up until the last 15 years or so, the West’s “thing” has been permanence. Let’s explore this concept and follow how it continues to be undermined in the current era.

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