Warren Ellis on The DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs

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  1. Warren Ellis on The DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs

    Posted by Matt Staggs on May 15, 2012

    Legendary comics author and novelist Warren Ellis joins me on The DisinfoCast for a conversation about the future that was, artificial intelligence, the Singularity, aliens (ancient and otherwise), the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson, porn and even a little bit about comic books. Tune in.

    http://www.disinfo.com/2012/05/warren-ellis-on-the-disinfocast-with-matt-staggs

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  2. James Barrat on the future of Artificial Intelligence

    James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, discusses the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Barrat takes a look at how to create friendly AI with human characteristics, which other countries are developing AI, and what we could expect with the arrival of the Singularity. He also touches on the evolution of AI and how companies like Google and IBM and government entities like DARPA and the NSA are developing artificial general intelligence devices right now.

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

  3. Hugo de Garis on Singularity 1 on 1: Are We Building Gods or Terminators?

    Hugo de Garis is the past director of the Artificial Brain Lab (ABL) at Xiamen University in China. Best known for his doomsday book The Artilect War, Dr. de Garis has always been on my wish-list of future guests on Singularity 1 on 1. Finally, a few weeks ago I managed to catch him for a 90 minutes interview via Skype.

    During our discussion with Dr. de Garis we cover a wide variety of topics such as: how and why he got interested in artificial intelligence; Moore’s Law and the laws of physics; the hardware and software requirements for artificial intelligence; why cutting edge experts are often missing the writing on the wall; emerging intelligence and other approaches to AI; Dr. Henry Markram‘s Blue Brain Project; the stakes in building AI and his concepts of ArtIlects, Cosmists and Terrans; cosmology, the Fermi Paradox and the Drake equation; the advance of robotics and the political, ethical, legal and existential implications thereof; species dominance as the major issue of the 21st century; the technological singularity and our chances of surviving it in the context of fast and slow take-off.

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

  4. Warren Ellis: Comedy, Dystopian America & The Space Age

    Watch more videos on http://iai.tv .In "Our Hopeless Future", novelist, fantasist and icon of British comics Warren Ellis discusses dystopian America, the space age and breaking other people’s websites with the power of Twitter.

    Warren Ellis is an author of comics, novels and TV scripts known for their philosophical subject matter, including Transmetropolitan and Red, now a feature film.

    See more IAI debates and talks on http://www.iai.tv Like Us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theinstituteofartandideas Follow Us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/IAI_TV

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  5. Are the robots waking up?

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/360/are-the-robots-waking-up3f/5352572

    Are we nearing the singularity, the point where philosophers say the computer programs we create will be smarter than us?

    Artificial intelligence is all around us. In phones, in cars, in our homes. Voice recognition systems, predicative algorithms, GPS. Sometimes they may not work very well, but they are improving all the time, you might even say they are learning.

    Come on an entertaining journey through the ethics of artificial intelligence or AI, the science behind intelligent computer programs and robotics. Some software engineers think about the philosophy of the artificial intelligence they are creating, others really don’t care.

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

  6. The work of Warren Ellis

    Iyare Igiehon (BBC 6music) discusses the work of Warren Ellis with Matt Jones (BERG design), Matthew Sheret (We are words + pictures) and Kieron Gillen (X-Men). Jones talks about SVK, the new comic by Ellis and D’Israeli, commissioned by BERG, Sheret discusses how Ellis inspired him to become a writer and Gillen talks about his friendship with the writer and their Marvel collaborations.

    http://sci-fi-london.com/podcast/2012/04/323-work-warren-ellis

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  7. Vernor Vinge on Singularity 1 on 1: We Can Surpass the Wildest Dreams of Optimism

    Today my guest on Singularity 1 on 1 is Vernor Vinge — the very person who coined the technological singularity as a term.

    Currently Vernor Vinge is putting the final touches on the sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep. The new book is titled The Children of the Sky and is already available for pre-order on Amazon, though it is not expected to ship until October 2011.

    Despite his busy schedule Prof. Vinge still managed to give us over an hour of his time and during our conversation I ask him to discuss issues such as: his childhood and early interest in science fiction; his desire to make sense of the universe; his definition of the technological singularity and the story behind the term; his now classic 1993 NASA paper; his favorite science fiction books and authors; major milestones on the way towards the singularity and our chances to survive such an unprecedented event.

    —Huffduffed by Clampants