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Relating the article „Search for a New World“ to Lévy`s IEML

Posted on: Februar 12, 2012

In this post I will relate Pierre Lévy’s ideas to the article „Suche nach der neuen Welt“ of our Austrian newspaper „Der Standard“ which starts with the sentence: „in 20 years, artificial intelligence will overtake human intelligence“.

The article refers to the Singularity Summit 2011, which took place in October 2011 in New York. (The annual conference was founded in 2006 by Ray Kurzweil and Peter Thiel as the first academic symposium for Singularity dialogue.). Looking at the program it seems that only men … about future, there was only one woman under 26 speakers.

According to the introduction to the conference

A number of noted scientists and technologists have predicted that after the Singularity, humans as we exist presently will no longer be driving technological progress, with models of change based on past trends in human behavior becoming obsolete.

A key person of the conference is Ray Kurzweil, his book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology porpose the union of human and machine, in which the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of information technology.  (Ray Kurzweil: Die Zukunft des Menschen)

Keywords of the Austrian article are robotics, bioengineering, nanotechnology, the participants of the conference (9000) want to further develop their businesses.

Lévy expects a big change when massively distributed automata are dealing with symbols in the digital medium – the fans of the singularity theory expect a change as well based in information technology.

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