Emergent Futures Tumblelog

This is the Tumblelog of Paul Higgins and Sandy Teagle - Futurists from Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia. Go to Emergent Futures to see more or follow on Twitter at FuturistPaul . If you right click on the pictures, titles or links in these posts you will be able to go to the original story on the web. If you click on comments for each post you can either read what others have said or add your own comment via Disqus. If you click on the date of a post it will take you to a single post view where you can copy the web link if you want to send it to someone else. If you click on the tags it will take you to other stories from Emergent Futures with the same tag.

mostlysignssomeportents:

A study published in a journal of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence found that sites that have a “downvote” button to punish bad comments lock the downvoted users into spirals of ever-more-prolific, ever-lower-quality posting due to a perception of having been martyred by the downvoters.

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Posted at 10:25am.

mostlysignssomeportents:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Cindy Cohn is on fire: “Let’s be clear: Under international human rights law, secret “law” doesn’t even qualify as ‘law’ at all.”

The US Government and agencies like the DEA, NSA, TSA and FBI conduct mass-scale domestic surveillance on the basis of laws…

Posted at 8:51am.

futurescope:

Nick Bostrom on Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers and Strategies

Fine summary from Nick Bostrom for RSA of Bostrom’s latest book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies.

How should we prepare for the time when machines surpass humans in intelligence? Professor Nick Bostrom explores the frontiers of thinking about the human condition and the future of intelligent life.

Posted at 7:17am.

mostlysignssomeportents:

Doubleclick co-founder Kevin O’Connor’s new business is a company called Find the Best, and it’s attracted a legal threat from a patent troll called Lumen View, who assert a patent over “multilateral decision making” (it appears they’ve collected some big paydays from various dating and…

Posted at 5:43am.

tacanderson:

MIT’s electric Cheetah robot silently bounds across campus

Sure, these robots are cute now, but MIT is going to be the end of us all. They say right in the video that they are excited about making silent powerful robots! 0_o WTF? These guys are crazy. What practical application do we have for silent, powerful robots? Oh, that’s right, just ask DARPA. 

Posted at 2:34am.

tacanderson:

MIT’s electric Cheetah robot silently bounds across campus
Sure, these robots are cute now, but MIT is going to be the end of us all. They say right in the video that they are excited about making silent powerful robots! 0_o WTF? These guys are crazy. What practical application do we have for silent, powerful robots? Oh, that’s right, just ask DARPA. 

tacanderson:

MIT’s electric Cheetah robot silently bounds across campus

Sure, these robots are cute now, but MIT is going to be the end of us all. They say right in the video that they are excited about making silent powerful robots! 0_o WTF? These guys are crazy. What practical application do we have for silent, powerful robots? Oh, that’s right, just ask DARPA. 

Posted at 1:17am.

tacanderson:

MIT’s electric Cheetah robot silently bounds across campus
Sure, these robots are cute now, but MIT is going to be the end of us all. They say right in the video that they are excited about making silent powerful robots! 0_o WTF? These guys are crazy. What practical application do we have for silent, powerful robots? Oh, that’s right, just ask DARPA. 

mostlysignssomeportents:

Ed writes, “Here’s an ambitious short film I made for the Royal Institution with evolutionary psychologist Nicholas Humphrey — it explores the problems in understanding human consciousness particularly in explaining how its seemingly magical qualities arise from the physical matter of the brain.”

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Posted at 6:17pm.

mostlysignssomeportents:

Miss Cakehead writes, “A macbre preview of some ‘treats’ which will be sold in Miss Cakehead’s infamous Eat Your Heart Out Halloween pop up cake shop in London - the theme for 2013 being ‘Feed The Beast’. Undoubtably these rum filled chocolate body parts make the world’s most disturbing liqueur chocolates, and there is much much worse to come!”

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Posted at 4:43pm.

mostlysignssomeportents:

How winning the cold war lost the cold war

(Source: shenanaguns)

Posted at 3:08pm.

mostlysignssomeportents:

How winning the cold war lost the cold war