Category: Singularity

Why the Singularity is certain to happen in my own lifetime, and how it matters (Futurist/Humanist Gerd Leonhard)

I recently came to an important realisation: I will most likely see the so-called Singularity happen in my own lifetime. I’m 56, and I believe that this inflection point at which computers, ‘thinking machines’ and AI become infinitely and recursively powerful is no more than 20-25 years away, at most ...

This piece really made me think: the end of humanity as we know it’s ‘coming in 2045’ (and Google is preparing for it)

  “What is the singularity? In maths/physics, the singularity is the point at which a function takes an infinite value because it’s incomprehensibly large. The technological singularity, as it called, is the moment when artificial intelligence takes off into ‘artificial superintelligence’ and becomes exponentially more intelligent more quickly. As self-improvement becomes more efficient, it ...

Video and slide-deck of my keynote at SHIFT 2017, Turku Finland: technology vs humanity.

It’s always great to speak in Finland, and being at the SHIFT 2017 event was a great pleasure, as well. Below is my deck from my talk; we will have a video available soon, as well. Btw: if you sign up for shift 2017 right now you can win a free copy ...

Are you ready to be microchipped? A short film presented by TFA Studio and FuturistGerd

Think about that. Download a high res MP4 version here (it’s OK to use this clip under creative commons attribution non-commercial license) Art Director and Producer: Jean Francois Cardella, TFA Studio Find out more about my new book ‘Technology vs Humanity’, read the TVH cheat sheet, buy it on Amazon 

Gerd Leonhard presentation at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business: Technology and Humanity – current challenges and issues

Here is my deck from yesterday’s event: Stanford Talk School of Business Gerd Leonhard PUBLIC low res   PDF 35 MB The Next 10 Years: Technology With or Versus Humanity? Gerd Leonhard, futurist, will share his thoughts about the influence of technology on political polarization. Find out more about my new book ‘Technology vs Humanity’, ...

Futurist Gerd Leonhard: Open letter to the Partnership on AI (take 2)

When machines have an IQ of 50,000, what happens to human values and ethics? By Gerd Leonhard  Futurist , Author Technology vs Humanity The partnership on AI has just announced some new members and a board of trustees, and Apple has finally joined Facebook, Google / Deep Mind, IBM, Amazon and Microsoft. This development has ...

New: conversations with Gerd #2 – the global brain is near (Technology vs/and Humanity)

The latest from my new series ‘conversations with Gerd‘.  Check out my new book here   Technology vs Humanity Technology vs Humanity: key messages Technology vs Humanity: Forbes Interview Technology vs Humanity: the film Technology vs Humanity: digital obesity? Technology vs Humanity: podcast with Richard Watson The Global Brain TVH Blog The Global Brain is coming ...

Is it time to become exponentially human?

By Gerd Leonhard, Future-Thinker and Humanist, Zürich, Switzerland, November 7, 2016 IS IT Time to become exponentially human? Machines can increasingly mimic the human brain and may indeed soon outpace it in certain respects such as calculations per second or storage capacity.  Yet I believe that for the foreseeable future no mechanical apparatus, ...

My open letter to the ‘Partnership on AI to benefit people and society’ (Amazon, Google, Facebook, IBM, MSFT) just went online at Wired UK

Read it here and please spread the word ! Dear Francesca, Eric, Mustafa, Yann, Ralf, Demis and others at IBM, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Amazon. The Partnership on AI to benefit people and society is a welcome change from the usual celebration of disruption and magic technological progress. I hope it will also usher in ...

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