Neopaganism, transhumanism and the Wedge

Virtual Assistant

« Cortana learns about its users—for example, by asking for information such as a favorite sports team, or by deducing the whereabouts of your workplace from your phone’s location data. And Heck’s effort to use data flowing through Cortana to continually improve it will likely be crucial to its future.

Siri, Google Now, and Cortana all return a list of suggestions when asked, “Find me cheap Japanese restaurants nearby.” But only Cortana responds when then asked, “How long will it take me to get to [restaurant name]?” or “Which ones are open now?” »

Source, By Tom Simonite on April 24, 2014.


Facebook Launches Advanced AI Effort to Find Meaning in Your Posts

« A technique called deep learning could help Facebook understand its users and their data better. A new research group within the company is working on an emerging and powerful approach to artificial intelligence known as deep learning, which uses simulated networks of brain cells to process data. Applying this method to data shared on Facebook could allow for novel features and perhaps boost the company’s ad targeting. »

Source, Tom Simonite on September 20, 2013
Article « Why There’s No Such Thing As A Private Facebook Chat » by Lauren WIlliams, May 8, 2014.

De l’internet et de la lessive

« The cost of delivering content over the Internet may determine which Internet products and services succeed in coming years.

Some venture capitalists at the cutting edge of Internet innovation say they will shun startups requiring fast connections for video, audio, or other services, mindful that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission may let ISPs charge extra fees to major content providers. (…) Netflix recently agreed to pay big ISPs like Comcast interconnection fees to ensure a high quality of service, but Netflix CEO Reed Hastings then wrote in a blog post that the United States needs a strict form of net neutrality, with no such tolls, because users who are already paying high prices for fast service should be able to get what content they want. »



Colloque sur l’intelligence artificielle à Québec

« July 27–31, 2014, Québec City, Québec, Canada

Collocated with CogSci 2014

The Twenty-Eighth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-14) will be held July 27–31, 2014 in Québec City, Québec, Canada. The purpose of this conference is to promote research in artificial intelligence (AI) and scientific exchange among AI researchers, practitioners, scientists, and engineers in affiliated disciplines. AAAI-14 will have a diverse technical track, student abstracts, poster sessions, invited speakers, tutorials, workshops, and exhibit/competition programs, all selected according to the highest reviewing standards. AAAI-14 welcomes submissions on mainstream AI topics as well as novel crosscutting work in related areas. »

Call for student volonteers
Lien vers le site de LISA, Laboratoire affilié à l’Université de Montréal
Lien vers le cours IFT6266 Algorithmes d’apprentissage, donné par Yoshua Bengio

Python Tutorial


Snap the world

Dans la lignée de Shazam & co, je me doutais que le sujet était à l’étude mais je ne savais pas que c’était déjà si développé! Est-ce que ça marche vraiment? A quand les applications qui reconnaitront les visages des gens ?

Le principe est simple: tu prends une photo avec ton smartphone et l’application te dit de quelle plante il s’agit. Dans la vidéo ci-dessous ça ne marche qu’avec les arbres mais il y a des applications payantes plus complètes. Je ne peux pas essayer, mon iphone est trop vieux! Quelqu’un a-t-il testé?

Des oreilles et des souris

Il y a quinze ans, Michio Kaku écrivait:

« On a également fait pousser des organes humains comme l’oreille a l’intérieur d’animaux. Les chercheurs du MIT et de l’Université du Massachussets ont récemment été en mesure de surmonter le probleme de rejet et de faire pousser (sans douleur) une oreille humaine a l’intérieur d’une souris. (…) A terme les scientifiques devraient etre capables de produire cette oreille sans l’aide de la souris. » Kaku, 1999, 298.

La preuve en image (sans douleur):

Alcor Life Extension Foundation & The Church of Perpetual Life

« Aging and Death are optional. »


William Faloon, fondateur du groupe Alcor Life Extension Foundation et de la Church of Perpetual Life

« William Faloon compiled the 1500 page medical reference book Disease Prevention and Treatment and is Director and Cofounder of the Life Extension Foundation. The Life Extension Foundation is a nonprofit organization, whose long-range goal is the radical extension of the healthy human lifespan. (…) When the FDA conducted its first armed raid in 1987, the Life Extension Foundation had only 4,000 members. Thanks to publicity generated by the FDA’s actions, this number grew to 25,000 members by the time his criminal indictments were dismissed in 1995. LEF now has over 100,000 members (…) »


Il ne ressemble pas un peu a un vampire celui qui parle au nom de la Church of Perpetual Life ?


Tiré du site de la Church of Perpetual Life:

« Nikolai Fedorovich Fedorov (1828-1903), one of Russia’s most original thinkers, lived at a time of intense intellectual controversies, artistic creativity and scientific ‘take-off’ in Russia. Yet it was also a time of growing worldwide militarism when increasingly lethal weapons were being developed, of civic strife, of labor unrest in the rapidly industrializing countries of the West, and of revolutionary rumblings in Russia.

Fedorov was deeply distressed by this state of discord and lack of brotherly feeling, which was bringing so much misery to the common people. How could brotherhood be achieved? Would it be possible to divert human energies from wars and dissension towards measures for protecting mankind against natural disasters such as floods, droughts, earthquakes and hurricanes, and to transform nature from ‘a temporary enemy into an eternal friend’?

Fedorov believed that if the causes of disunity, discord and war were elucidated and a common purpose found to divert human energies away from dissensions towards a common goal of overwhelming importance to all human beings, it would fire their imaginations, enlist all their energies and bring about universal cooperation. This goal, of concern to all, was nothing less than to rationalize the blind forces of nature ‘which bring famine, disease and death’. Since death is a natural phenomenon it, too, could and should be overcome by ‘knowledge and action’. »

Aubrey de Grey, Aging Intervention at Perpetual Life Church.


Life Extension
Church of Perpetual Life

Institutes challenging aging process during the last 50 years

Institutes challenging aging process during the last 50 years,
a brief archeology (in process):

1970 – Denham Harman –> American Aging Association
1976 – Joel Kurtzman, P.Gordon –> No more dying
1980 – Saul Kent –> The Life Extension
1982 – Durk Pearson, S.Shaw –> Life Extension as practical scientific approach
2003 – Doubleday –> The Immortal Cell
2004 – Nick Bolstrom, J.Hughes –> Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
2005 – Nick Bolstrom –> Future of Humanity Institute
2006 – Mormon Transhumanist Association
2007 – Aubrey de Grey, D.Gobel –> SENS Research Foundation, Methuselah Foundation –> Ending Aging
2008 – Ray Kurtzweill, P.Diamandis –> Singularity University
2013 – Arthur Levinson –> Calico (Google) –> Ending Aging

Dvorsky’s Crucials

On his blog Sentient Development, George Dvorsky do lists. Here are the first ten of twenty terms that ‘every 21st century futurist should know’:

1- co-veillance (panopticon)
2- multiplex parenting
3- technological unemployment
4- substrate autonomous person
5- intelligence explosion
6- longevity dividend
7- repressive desublimation (spectacle)
8- intelligence amplification
9- effective altruism
10- moral enhancement

Here, 10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies:

1- Artificially Intelligent Personal Assistants (life extension)
Computers Everywhere (machine thinking)
Virtual Animals with Digital Minds (artificial intelligence)
Geoengineering Projects (environmental issues)
Interplanetary Internet (colonizing mars)
True Anti-Aging Intervention (senescence, apoptosis, stem cell)
Robots with a License to Kill (drones)
Grown Organs Laboratories (3d printers)
Personal Fabricators in Every Home (3d printers)
World’s Thirst (water politics and desalination)

I found out about George Dvorsky’s work by looking for scientific researchs on defeating aging. Dvorsky is Chair of the Board for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies wich works with Humanity+. In a recent post, he introduces briefly Max Tegmark’s perceptronium studies. I will probably come back later on this topic. The time to read the article: 1401.1219v2