Documenting the Coming Singularity

Monday, March 05, 2018

The Tyranny of the Algorithm - Measuring "Social Credit"

By John Harris on The Guardian

Credit scores already control our finances. With personal data being increasingly trawled, our politics and our friendships will be next.

or the past couple of years a big story about the future of China has been the focus of both fascination and horror. It is all about what the authorities in Beijing call “social credit”, and the kind of surveillance that is now within governments’ grasp. The official rhetoric is poetic. According to the documents, what is being developed will “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step”.
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Who's Listening? Are Your Devices Using Your Speech to Send You Ads?

Have you heard this one yet? The idea that everything you say in the presence of your smart devices is being used to send you specific ad content?

I read an article a few weeks ago where someone claimed to have tested this theory and found it to be true. So I decided to test it myself. I started talking about needing to find some nice bras and undies as a gift for someone, and lo and behold, look what turned up on one of my favorite websites. Could be totally coincidental, sure, but maybe not.




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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The End of Human Speech?

Wish I could live long enough to see this!

By CIARAN MCGRATH on EXPRESS

HUMAN speech will become a thing of the past by the year 2050, by which time we will communicate by thought via a computer-generated collective consciousness, it has been claimed...

Marko Karjnovic unveiled his ideas at The Museum of the Future as part of the World Government Summit in Dubai.

The Hybrid Intelligence Biometric Avatar (HIBA), will understand the feelings of people connected to it, take on their personas, exchange information with them and even become part of the fabric of their brains.
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Physics & Philosophy: The Physics of Free Will

Is free will only an illusion? And if so, what does that really mean?

It's time for some Friday deep thoughts, the melding of physics with giant philosophical questions...

By Stephen Skolnick on Physics Central

At the intersection of physics and philosophy, there's a question that's weighed on the minds of great thinkers for centuries: Is there truly such a thing as free will? When we make a choice, are we fundamentally any different than a calculator "choosing" which segments of its display to light up when the = button is pressed?
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Monday, February 12, 2018

The Hunt is on for the Dark Photon!

Sounds like something from Alice in Wonderland, but it's true.

Ryan F. Mandelbaum on Gizmodo


It appears that the Universe is full of dark matter—around six times more of it than there is regular matter. It has obvious visible effects, like the way it bends light from distant galaxies. Despite dedicated searches, no signs of a dark matter particle explaining these effects have turned up.

Perhaps instead physicists will be able to find some dark force, a portal into the dark world. Such a “dark photon” would be dark matter’s equivalent of a photon, the way that dark matter particles interact with one another. Scientists are searching for such a particle. It hasn’t turned up yet, based on new results from the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. But the search isn’t over—and a lot of physicists are really excited about it.

“LHCb had to work really hard to get to this mass range,” Caterina Doglioni, a researcher at Lund University who was not involved in the study, told Gizmodo. “The way they did it is quite cool. They reinvented the data taking of LHC experiments”

Physicists have been using plenty of methods such as big vats of liquid xenon to try and find dark matter particles directly, and still have no leads. Dark photons would take dark matter’s story deeper, and imply that there’s a dark universe governed by dark forces.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Series: People Who Are Taking Us Into the Future - Elon Musk

Today I'm starting a series of videos and articles profiling some special people. These are people who are defying incredible opposition from established and entrenched industries who abhor and despise any possible disruption to the status quo. These are people who have battled doubters and haters to pursue their dream of making change, making our world better, and taking us into the future...


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