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Great Minds Reflect On Consciousness

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

If we were visited by an advanced alien race whose knowledge was practically unlimited, and you were able to ask them one, and only one question, what would it be?  I would want them to explain to me the underlying mechanisms behind consciousness, how it works, and what it is. But why that above all […]

An Upcoming Technological Singularity?

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Philosophers all around the world are wondering, “What will happen when we have machines which are more intelligent than we are?”  This event has come to be known as the “technological singularity”.  Wikipedia defines the event as follows: Technological singularity refers to the hypothetical future emergence of greater-than human intelligence. Since the capabilities of such […]

All Attractive Men Are Scum?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

The other day I went online to read the news and came across an article entitled Why Women Shouldn’t Pick Attractive Husbands.  After I finished reading this article, I sat back in my chair in disgust. First we’re told how terrible Anthony Weiner is, the Congressman who sent pictures of his penis to attractive women […]

A Thought Experiment On The Illusion Of Self

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Imagine that thirty years from now we have just finished reverse engineering the human brain and have implemented a massive super-computer which can perform the same sorts of data processing algorithms our minds use. Further imagine that I was one of the main scientists involved in this project’s creation, and so I sit in a […]

Augmented Reality Is Awesome

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Advances in computer vision are leading to some really interesting possibilities.  In my Space, Time, and the Mind posts I mentioned that I was going to teach you all how you can go from 2D images to a 3D environment.  Sony has developed an augmented reality (“AR”) application allowing them to do just this.  In […]

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