A Powerpoint file for student participants in the Focus Group session we are having on May 4th to help plan a new course I am teaching in 2012. I would welcome feedback!
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Kim Solez, M.D.
Author of The Singularity: From This Moment Everything Changes
(With Nikki Olson)
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Illustrations: Bryan Christie Design
Illustration: Bryan Christie Design
PHOTO: Philippe Van Nedervelde/E-SPACES/CG4TV
Writing partner Nikki Olson, 28 year old philosopher.
“It’s All Luck”
Video and text blogs on internetevolution.com. Educational videos for the Lifeboat Foundation website.
Video blogs on a wide variety of technology and medical subjects.
We Need to Study Human-Web 'Co-Evolution'
Physician, Heal Thy AI
How a Cell Phone 'Physician' Could Change Your Life
Singularity: When Robots Have Empathy for Humans
The Man-Machine Merger Will Require Creativity
Yes, the Web Is Changing Your Brain
Medicine & Web 2.0 Go Well Together
Searching for Women Leaders in the Age of Singularity
The technological singularity occurs as artificial intelligences surpass human beings as the smartest and most capable life forms on the Earth. Technological development is taken over by the machines, who can think, act and communicate so quickly that normal humans cannot even comprehend what is going on. The machines enter into a "runaway reaction" of self-improvement cycles, with each new generation of A.I.s appearing faster and faster. From this point onwards, technological advancement is explosive, under the control of the machines, and thus cannot be accurately predicted (hence the term "Singularity").
Being assisted by devices is nothing new for us humans. As soon as there was language and writing if cell phones and computers and the Internet had existed humans would have been ready for them.
In his book Natural Born Cyborgs, Andy Clark argues that since the dawn of civilization we have always been cognitive hybrids, using external objects and devices in our thinking and everyday activity. So by his reckoning we have been "Internet-ready" for millennia. Suddenly it becomes possible to imagine a cave man -- a Neanderthal or even his predecessor Heidelberg Man with an iPhone!
Pink stone axe from 350,000 year old Homo heidelbergensis burial site in Northern Spain.
1) The technological Singularity.
2) Existential risks, AI, genomics, and nanotech.
3) Ways to optimize a positive outcome for humanity in the co-evolution of humans and machines.
4) The influence of these considerations on medicine of the future. The roles of nanotechnology, genomics, artificial intelligence, and new communication technology on future medical care, including the “doctor in your cell phone”.
We welcome further suggestions as we plan this course to commence in September 2012.