Privacy Commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian: We have to protect privacy globally or we protect it nowhere!
This Wednesday I was very privileged to interview Dr. Ann Cavoukian. Dr. Cavoukian is the information and privacy commissioner of the province of Ontario (Canada) as well as the creator and foremost global champion of the privacy by design philosophy. She has been one of the most vocal proponents of privacy and the fact that […]
26 Jul 2013
Karl Schroeder: The Singularity is an Old Idea. Keep Moving Forward!
Karl Schroeder is one of those fantastic science fiction authors and futurists who, despite his numerous and profound books, have not quite made it into the mainstream yet. In fact, it was just a week ago that Eric Boyd emailed me to suggest that I interview Karl on Singularity 1 on 1 and I was skeptically struggling to […]
11 May 2012
Gary Marcus on AI: How do we bridge the mind with the brain?
Gary Marcus is not only a professor in psychology but also a computer scientist, programmer, AI researcher and best selling author. He recently wrote a critical article titled Ray Kurzweil’s Dubious New Theory of Mind that was publsihed by The New Yorker. After reading his blog post I thought that it will be interesting to invite Gary on […]
22 Dec 2012
Hugo de Garis on AI: Are We Building Gods or Terminators?
Hugo de Garis is the past director of the Artificial Brain Lab (ABL) at Xiamen University in China. Best known for his doomsday book The Artilect War, Dr. de Garis has always been on my wish-list of future guests on Singularity 1 on 1. Finally, a few weeks ago I managed to catch him for a 90 […]
27 Jun 2012
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Kevin Kelly: Technology Doesn’t Want A Singularity
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Physicist Michio Kaku: Science is the Engine of Prosperity!
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Doug Wolens on the Singularity: It’s Ultimately Up To You
Today my guest is Doug Wolens. Doug is the lawyer-turned-documentarian whose most recent film is The Singularity. I have to say that neither Doug nor his film is what I expected. To paraphrase and add to one of the other iTunes film reviewers – what I was expecting was “Wohooo! Singularity!” But what I got instead […]
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R.U. Sirius: Question the Authority of Your Brain
Today my guest on Singularity 1 on 1 is digital culture and cyberpunk icon R.U. Sirius. (As always you can listen to or download the audio file above or scroll down and watch the video interview in full.) During our conversation we discuss issues such as: R.U.’s early life and Yippie years; his multiple identities […]
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Stuart Russell on Artificial Intelligence: What if we succeed?
Stuart Russell is a professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley as well as co-author of the most popular textbook in the field – Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach. Given that it has been translated into 13 languages and is used in more than 1,300 universities in 118 countries, I can hardly think of anyone […]
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Ramez Naam on Apex, Science, Politics and Ethics
This is my fourth interview with Ramez Naam and the reason for that is simple: Ramez is a cool, smart guy, who writes kick-ass, gritty, action-packed and scientifically compelling science fiction novels as well as being a researcher in a variety of other fields such as human enhancement, the environment and energy. And so I am […]
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Marshall Brain: We’re approaching humanity’s make or break period
Marshal Brain‘s 2003 book Manna was quite ahead of its time in foreseeing that eventually, one way or another, we will have to confront and address the phenomenon of technological unemployment. In addition, Marshall is a passionate brainiac with a jovial personality, impressive background and a unique perspective. And so I was very happy to meet […]
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Peering into Our Future’s Black Hole: AI, Transhumanism and the End of Humanity
These are the videos of my presentation at the 2014 Podcamp Toronto. This year I decided that it is best not to speak about podcasting but rather focus on issues familiar to readers of Singularity Weblog – artificial intelligence, transhumanism, and the technological singularity. The session was intended to provide a brief introduction of the […]
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Futurist David Wood on Transhumanism: Radical Change Lies Ahead
David Wood is the chair of London Futurists and on the Humanity+ board of directors. He is an eminent futurist whose valuable newsletter I myself have been subscribed to for several years now and so I was very happy that, at long last, we managed to sit down for a proper interview. Not surprisingly, I […]
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Deconstructing Socrates and the Future of Singularity 1on1: Nikola Danaylov Gets Interviewed by Trevor Haldenby
Every once-in-a-while, it is a good thing to do a headstand and look at the world from a different perspective. In podcasting terms that would mean putting Socrates in the hotseat and making me answer questions, rather than let me hide in asking them. And I could’t think of a person better qualified to do […]
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