Walt Whitman “I Sing the Body Electric” (1900)
... They will not let me off till I go with them,
respond to them,
And discorrupt them, and charge them full with
the charge of the Soul.
Was it doubted that those who corrupt their
own bodies conceal themselves;
And if those who defile the living are as bad as
they who defile the dead?
And if the body ...
Hall/deGaris debate (part 1 of 3)
... increasingly intelligent machines, and debating how to
manage such a world. However, unfortunately, at the time
of writing (Oct 2008) these people are largely “techie”
types, i.e. people working in computer related fields, who
are in a much stronger position to see “the writing on the
wall” and who ...
Virtual Humans - Institute for Creative Technologies
... agents that support face-to-face interaction with people in virtual environments—
thereby making them applicable to a wide range of training tasks that currently
require labor-intensive live exercises, role playing or are taught non-experientially.
ICT’s virtual human work promotes fundamental advan ...
... types of robots, but only some robots are going to be more interesting than others. There are many
types of robot in the world, and every single one of them has a different utility in the community. NASA,
is one of the organizations that make some of the most advanced robots and some of the most rob ...
Artificial Intelligence: Chess and the Singularity
... twice as powerful every two years. With this in mind, it does not take much of a stretch of the
imagination to figure that at some point, computers will be designed that combine the strengths
of these specific computers to make robots that are better than humans in many ways. These
Humanity`s Capability of Transcendence through Artificial Intelligence
... ultimately take over, the purpose of this paper is for the reader to have a rational understanding
of philosophical concerns around AI. This research essay will outline different ethical arguments
about robots, cyborgs, mind uploading theories, and how they are revolutionizing the concept of
what it ...
AI and Cinema - Does artificial insanity rule?
... explored by mainstream movies, in a context that allows us to ignore (or alternatively
make explicit) questions of racism, sexism, etc. When an AI agent doesn’t act properly,
we could easily dismiss this with a sense of superiority; with humans we cannot or should
not. By treating a nearly human AI ...
... Dr. Layman is a highly decorated academic, earning multiple high-level degrees from the University of
Michigan Medical School, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Academie Europeenne
D’Informatisation and World Information Distributed University, where he received the first Grand ...
Synthetic Super Intelligence and the Transmutation of
... of Learning” through “The Fifth Level of Learning.” This is an alien group that invaded Earth about 450,000 years
ago and created hybrids out of an existing human race in order to use them as slaves. We are still under this alien
Dr. Zeus Inc.
Dr. Zeus Inc., also known simply as The Company, is a fictional entity in a series of time travel science fiction stories by Kage Baker.According to the stories, Dr. Zeus operates from the 24th century, using technologies of time travel and immortality to exploit the past for commercial gain. The immortality technology is limited to taking young children and turning them into cyborgs. The time travel technology only allows journeys into the past, and returns to the present. No artifacts or people can be brought forward from their own times. In addition, the technology is expensive and dangerous for normal humans to use.History, or at least recorded history, cannot be changed. Dr. Zeus cannot save Lincoln, warn the Titanic, prevent the sack of Rome, or stop the burning of the Library at Alexandria. It can take valuable artifacts thought to be lost in these and other events, hide them and 'rediscover' them in the future. However, even without the dangers of time travel, Dr. Zeus' employees hate the past. By their time, all stimulants and narcotics are illegal, vegetarianism is compulsory, and they are disease- and dirt-phobic. They find the past's inhabitants disgusting.To carry out its mission, Dr. Zeus sends its employees far into human prehistory, where they take children from Neanderthal and modern human families and give them the immortality treatment. These individuals are then promised a bright future in the 24th century, in exchange for working for the Company till then. Their job is to preserve cultural artifacts, valuable plants, and endangered species, hiding them in safe places till the Company can 'recover' them in the future. The cyborgs will get to the 24th century the old-fashioned way, by living through the intervening millennia. Along the way they can create others to help them, using children who would otherwise die and not affect history. They are also provided with many recordings of future culture, entertainment, and a carefully edited view of history. Dr. Zeus alone knows everything that will happen up till the 24th century.As the series progresses, it becomes apparent that the Dr. Zeus story is itself a fiction. How they came by their technology, and how long the Company has really existed, is an unfolding mystery. Furthermore, not even Dr. Zeus knows what happens after July 9, 2355; although it is possible to send messages to the past, there is nothing from beyond that date. This is known as the Silence, and is a source of dread to both Company people and cyborgs.