Artificial Intelligence





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ETMzkhBQ6w

This dated yet very interesting interview of Jacques Vallee, covers a vast area of topics surrounding the UFO Phenomenon.

  • How Jacques Vallee was an inspiration for Claude Lacombe in  Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Also, the disagreement he had with Steven Spielberg’s portrayal of aliens.
  • His views on the lessons of the phenomenon.
  • The three levels of the Phenomenon:
  1. The physical.
  2. The affects on witnesses.
  3. The social impact on belief systems.





Via Edge.org, Bruce Sterling tells us what to not worry about: Twenty years have passed since Vernor Vinge wrote his remarkably interesting essay about “the Singularity.” This aging sci-fi notion has lost…


iTunes | Download (mp3) | RSS | iPhone App Speculative fiction author and podcaster Scott Sigler joins me for a wide-ranging discussion covering mutations, buddy films, aliens, artificial intelligence and much more….






Will our machines acquire the ability to convince us that they are in fact alive? An unsettling study at the the Netherlands’ Eindhoven University of Technology:

This video shows an experiment in which participants are asked to switch off a robot and thereby killing it. The robot begs for its live and we measured how long the participants hesitated.

The perception of life largely depends on the observation of intelligent behavior. Even abstract geometrical shapes that move on a computer screen are being perceived as being alive… in particular if they change their trajectory nonlinearly or if they seem to interact with their environments.

The robot’s intelligence had a strong effect on the users’ hesitation to switch it off, in particular if the robot acted agreeable. Participants hesitated almost three times as long to switch off an intelligent and agreeable robot (34.5 seconds) compared to an unintelligent and non-agreeable robot (11.8 seconds).



Via Skeptiko, a fascinating interview with neuroscientist Dr. Mario Beauregard, who argues that, like the transition from classical to quantum physics, a revolution is coming in the way science will no longer…








Drawing inspiration from the concept of the “robot-readable world” — i.e. people and places as perceived through the eyes of smart machines such as face-detecting cameras — Quiet Babylon describes the “corporate…