Quantum Computing History and Development

This video not only includes a brief history of quantum computing, but also takes a look at the rise of understanding in physics which make quantum computers possible.  The video touches on everything from string theory to Moore’s law and the physical limits of the transistors.  I’ve noticed that descriptions of the operation of quantum computers range all the way from mundane to almost esoteric explanations.  I find the subject of quantum computing highly fascinating and we will continue to refine our understanding of how they work here at Dawn of Giants.  Keep following and don’t forget to subscribe if you want to learn more about this incredible subject.

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Published on Nov 3, 2017

A short documentary covering the past, present & future of Quantum Computers. Quantum Computing will one day create the possibilities we all fantasise about in science fiction movies, and will push human evolution to the next level.

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Kurzweil Addresses Fears About AI

In the following video, futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil responds to some reasonable concerns about artificial general intelligence.  While I am an advocate of caution over fear, I’m not sure that Kurzweil’s comparisons to previous technologies sets solid grounds for dismissing such concerns.  We can reference past technologies and see a positive trend for such technologies being statistically more beneficial than destructive.  For example, nuclear technology can be used for creating weaponry, but it’s far more commonly used for creating energy.  However, all past technologies have one thing in common; they couldn’t out think us.  Kurzweil’s only solution to this is to “merge with the machines.”  Kurzweil also goes on to say that this merging is already taking place which, indeed, appears to be the case.  My concern is that intelligence may not be the only factor in creating harmony within humanity.  If empathy is solely a product of intelligence the I say bring it on!  However, I think more attention needs to be paid to the developmental roots of empathy as we continue down the path of creating artificial sentience.  The goal shouldn’t be in creating artificial general intelligence so much as it should be in creating artificial general empathy.  

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Published on Mar 28, 2017

I interviewed Ray in his Google office in Mountain View, CA, February 15, 2017. Ray gave generously of his time, and his replies to my questions were very focused, full of excellent content.

To view the full interview (about 30 minutes), go to this link: https://youtu.be/lpzXWGrngTw

At the end of 2013, I made a documentary (https://youtu.be/5igUX43gkiU) about Ray, which includes clips from another interview. My goal was to provide a short video introduction to the life & thoughts of Ray, for those who know nothing about him and who want to know more. I hope you will check it out.

Future Tech… From 2017

Self-driving cars, low cost genome sequencing, robotic surgery, free energy… ok, near free energy…  These are some of the topics discussed in this video compilation by Jonas Bjerg.  The video features clips from Peter Diamandis and Elon Musk and focuses on presently developing technologies and the near future plans to push these technologies to ubiquitous use with the promise of individual abundance.  I’ll leave it to you to consider the ramifications of a transition to a post scarcity economy, but I would like to note that many of these technologies, while potentially beneficial to humanity, are disruptive technologies.  There are currently test programs involving universal basic income (UBI, also mentioned in the video) and it appears we are on the threshold (within the next couple decades) of needing some form of UBI to support all but the most creative of individuals… then again, I’ve recently seen computer programs that might even call the need for creative individuals into question.  I imagine a time in the not so distant future when humans will need to “merge with the machines” as Ray Kurzweil says, or resign ourselves to primitivism or even obsolescence (to avoid the worst case Hollywood-esque scenario) while the posthumans do all the work above our pay grade (of course, one hopes pay is not a requirement for a prosperous life in the future).  It seems this scenario is a far future concept, however a look at the technology being implemented right now implies change is coming sooner than we might think.


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Published on Dec 3, 2017

This is a summary of everything future discussed at the Singularity University summit 2017, Ted talks with Elon Musk 2017, World Government Summit 2017 and Peter Diamandis views on HOW ABUNDANCE WILL CHANGE THE WORLD as we know it.

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(Singularity university summit – Peter Diamandis)
The demonetization of living
Maslows pyramid of needs are trending towards 0-cost
Abundance and nanotechnology (nanobots)
Raw material cost + energy cost + Information = COST 3:47
In the back of abundance 4:00
Most people will have devices for free so that you can buy stuff from them and they can collect data 7:00
Data is the new gold 7:30
Free content 1b hours of free content pr day.
8000X more energy hitting the surface of the planet than we consume, and the poorest have the most sun 8:00
solar roads 9:30
2.9 cents pr kWh
Giga factory in Reno 10:00
cars from 1904 to 1917 100% switch 11:00
by 2025 car ownership will be dead: 12:20
autonomy will demonetize housing 13:20
house being 3d printed 14:26
literacy to basic reading writing in 18 months 16:03
demonetization of healthcare, deep learning protocols 17:00
Watson diagnosed rare leukaemia 18:00
Cost of genome sequencing Morse law 19:05
Sequenced when born, stop what you will get sick from before people get sick
Surgery 20:00
Rapidly demonetizing trends everywhere 21:30
Not scared of AI terminator 23:00
Job loss 24:00
Demonetize the cost of living, (education, entertainment, food etc)
Psychological impact to losing job 24:30
AI software shells 27:30 within ten years
UBI Universal Basic Income

(Elon Musk Building)
10fold improvement in cost of digging pr. Mile
no sound
The boring company
Autonomy brings more cars on the roads
Every big car company has announced electric cars within 10 years 12:00
By the end of 2017 self-driving coast to coast 15:00
Free self-driving cars 19:30
Self-driving trucks tesla semi out torc any diesel semi uphill 20:30
Solar panels 22:00
Most houses have enough roof area to power all the needs of the house 25:30
Giga factory 100 27:00
100 gWh pr week
1 build announcing another 5 this year 29:00
reusability rocket 33:00

(Elon Musk World Government Summit 2017)
Multi planetary species is life insurance for life collectively 2:30
Ten years from now full autonomy cars will only be build 8:30
Elon building tunnel under Washington 14:20
3d building, 2d road network 16:00
12-15% driving as a job 18:20
over 2B vehicles in the world 19:00
100M total new vehicle production cap 19:00
life of car 20-25 years 19:00
Prepare government for the future 20:00
AR regulation
Transport 21:00 electric over 30-40 years
Demand for electricity will increase rapidly. Total energy usage = 1/3 electricity 1/3 transport 1/3 heating over time that will predominantly be all electricity 21:30
Universal basic income, no choice 22:50
Fewer and fewer jobs that a robot cannot do better
The output of goods and services will be extremely high with automation, so they will come abundance and come really cheap.
The harder challenge is, how do people then have meaning?
To some degree we are already a cyborg 25:21
Reusable rockets, cost to fly close to plane 29:00

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Jordan Peterson at TEDx (Redefining Reality)

This presentation is not exactly a transhumanist or technological exposition, however I think it touches on something valuable to examine as we move forth into the 4th industrial revolution or, if you prefer the terminology, the technological singularity.  In the video, Jordan Peterson talks about the necessity of maintaining a balance between order and chaos and the dangers of moving too far to either extreme.  This philosophy of balancing opposites is something I share because destruction tends to lay at the end of extremes, whether it be politically, religiously, and technologically, just to name a few.  I believe the advancement of in fields such as technology and AI are inevitable and seeking to halt progress due to fear is futile.  I urge the replacement of fear with caution because what is fear but a destructive extreme of caution?  We need to move forward with caution and a balance of intelligence and compassion or the future we create will likely be one we do not want.  I hope you enjoy this little philosophical excursion from specific technologies usually focused on here at Dawn of Giants.

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Published on Sep 29, 2017

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, delivers a Talk at TEDxToronto 2011 on the theme of Redefining Reality.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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On the Rapid Progress of AI

The following video talks about the speed of advancement of artificial intelligence.  The video come from the ColdFusion YouYube channel which is quickly becoming a Dawn of Giants favorite.  If you haven’t visited their channel, you show definitely stop by and browse some of there videos.  The video primarily focuses on neural networks and how they are advancing more by means of self improvement (sounds like a self help program for AI… which, I guess in a sense, it is) rather than updates created by human programmers.  The video gives an overview of neural nets and also presents several fascinating examples.  AI cameos include AlphaGo, WaveNet, StackGan (a generative adversarial network), and more.

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Published on Apr 12, 2017

Robotics and the 4th Industrial Revolution

This video discusses the future of robotics and the 4th industrial revolution.  The video includes a brief history of robotics, an overview of the present state of the art, and speculation on robotics of the future with primary focus on robotics in the workforce.  Artificial intelligence is discussed along with what advancing AI and robotics will mean for both high and low skilled workers respectively.  

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Published on Jan 20, 2018

AI Robots are taking over the world!

Ramez Naam Talks About Brain Interface Technhology

In the following video, author of the Nexus trilogy, Ramez Naam (a personal favorite), talks about the ideas and science behind the books; Nexus, Crux, and Apex.  This is an older video (from 2013), but I chose it because I was specifically looking for an interview with him that wasn’t too long.  The video and audio quality aren’t great, but the subject matter and presentation are.  The video also cuts off somewhat abruptly, but the history of actual brain interface technology makes it worth a watch.  Naam has been a member on several more recent futurism panels, most videos of which are much longer in duration.  I will post some of these and eventually set up links to his books which I highly recommend if you’re interested in transhuman/singularity fiction.

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Published on Jan 21, 2013

Nexus is the latest book by Ramez Naam a noted technologist and author. In the talk complete with short films Ramez illustrates many ways which humans are using new cyborg type technologies to better their lives.

Deep Dream Visualization Clip

This is a video of Google Brain‘s Deep Dream computer vision as it attempts to recognize shapes within the input video.  The output video (shown) is really quite interesting to watch.  If you want to know how Deep Dream do what it do, click here for a general overview on how it works; very fascinating. 

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Published on Jul 7, 2015

A journey through all the layers of an artificial neural network.

This video is made using a visualization technique applied to a neural network trained to recognize a broad range of images. Each frame is recursively fed back to the network starting with a frame of random noise. Every 100 frames (4 seconds) the next layer is targeted until the lowest layer is reached.

Based on the work by Google researchers Alexander Mordvintsev, Christopher Olah and Mike Tyka. See googleresearch.blogspot.it/2015/07/deepdream-code-example-for-visualizing.html for more information.”
~Johan Nordberg, original video creator.

Original video by Johan Nordberg here. https://vimeo.com/132700334

special thanks to Ektoplazm for inspiration
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Andrew Ross Sorkin Interviews Sophia the Robot

Well, there’s certainly still a lot of distance to cross in the territory of the uncanny valley.  The following video is an interview with Sophia the robot at the Future Investment Initiative conference held in October of 2017 in Saudi Arabia.  Sophia is interviewed by Andrew Ross Sorkin of CNBC.  I can’t help but get the impression that Sophia’s (or should I say, Sophia’s programmer’s ) primary goal is to give responses that people want to hear.  I also got the impression that the interview was loosely scripted giving in a very inauthentic feel (for as much as that can be attributed to our present level of robotics).  All said, it’s still an interesting video because it lays open so many possibilities; some beneficial to humanity, some terribly unpleasant.  It’s no longer a matter of if we should develop such technologies because I think it’s a matter of inevitability rather than possibility.  The best we can do is make the discussion commonplace in order to develop the understanding needed to raise our non-biological offspring wisely.

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Published on Oct 25, 2017

CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin interviews Sophia, a humanoid robot, about the future of artificial intelligence at a Future Investment Institute panel in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
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