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Singularity Summit 2007: Google co-evolving with the Web

Google Director of Research Peter Norvig opened the second day of the Singularity Summit 2007 with his take on the state artificial general intelligence (AGI).Norvig was asked during a Q&A after his talk if Google has seen any "emergent" property or behavior (the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions) as it amasses data and manages massive infrastructure that has been a surprise.

September 9, 2007 by Dan Farber

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Singularity Summit 2007: Designing rational self-improving AI

I interviewed Steve Omohundro prior to the Singularity Summit 2007 about his notions of developing artificial general intelligences (AGIs), but he went into far more detail about his views. He applies what he called "microeconomic rationality," from the work of John Von Neumann and others, to building intelligent, well meaning machines.

September 8, 2007 by Dan Farber

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Singularity Summit 2007: Memories

Guest post: This weekend I am at the Singularity Summit 2007 in San Francisco at the Palace of Fine Arts. About 800 people showed up to hear about the issues related to a future in which humans won't be the driving force in delivering scientific and technological innovations, eclipsed cognitively by "posthumans" or machine intelligences.

September 8, 2007 by Dan Farber

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Singularity Summit 2007: The view from never, never land

Guest post: This weekend I am at the Singularity Summit 2007 in San Francisco at the Palace of Fine Arts. About 800 people showed up to hear about the issues related to a future in which humans won't be the driving force in delivering scientific and technological innovations, eclipsed cognitively by "posthumans" or machine intelligences.

September 8, 2007 by Dan Farber

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Singularity Summit 2007: Open source Singularity

"If the singularity is in fact near, the fundamental tools of information, collaboration and access will be our best hope for making it happen in a way that spreads its benefits and minimizes its dangers -- in short, making it happen in a way that lets us be good ancestors.," said Jamais Cascio, an IEET (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies) Fellow, during a presentation at the Singularity Summit 2007.

September 8, 2007 by Dan Farber

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Singularity Summit 2007: Dancing with Dr. Doom

Guest post: This weekend I am at the Singularity Summit 2007 in San Francisco at the Palace of Fine Arts. About 800 people showed up to hear about the issues related to a future in which humans won't be the driving force in delivering scientific and technological innovations, eclipsed cognitively by "posthumans" or machine intelligences.

September 8, 2007 by Dan Farber

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Singularity Summit 2007: The Pell iCan brief

Guest post: This weekend I am at the Singularity Summit 2007 in San Francisco at the Palace of Fine Arts. About 800 people showed up to hear about the issues related to a future in which humans won't be the driving force in delivering scientific and technological innovations, eclipsed cognitively by "posthumans" or machine intelligences.

September 8, 2007 by Dan Farber

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Singularity Summit 2007: Machine morality

Along with artificial intelligences comes the notion of machine morality, attempting to view intelligent machines with the best of human values. Machine morality--also know as friendly AI, artificial morality, roboethics and computational ethics--is an new field without much ground cultivated, according to Wendell Wallach, Lecturer at Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, who was speaking at the Singularity Summit 2007.

September 8, 2007 by Dan Farber

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