Phone: the silent takeover of AI.

Austin is still vibrating after Kurzweils talk yesterday. Enhanced humans. Man-machine connections. For many people it is a bridge too far, a century too early. But if you look closer, it shows that we’re almost there. The average phone that the average #SxSW visitor uses, packs enough power to shame the most avid chess player, …

Ray Kurzweil: The Enhanced Human Social Being.

I am a big fan of Ray Kurzweil. The celebrated tech thinker, and founder of the Singularity University fascinates me now for years with his projections-extraordinaire on a society where humans and machines become more and more interdependent, interconnected… and eventually quietly merge. Computers and AI units that play chess, write poetry… they are here, …

Eyeborg: an enhanced human, kind of…

Kurzweil’s singularity. Intriguing stuff. It made Peter Hinssen almost nauseous at the last #TEDxBrussels conference. Too much Singularity is bad for you, everybody knows that. It’s a bit scary, talking about this almost magic moment in the not-so-distant future where man and machine will finally merge, kind of… While most speakers could comfortably maintain an …

Crowd sourcing will save life as we know it – (Never underestimate the power of people in large groups…)

Bertrand Piccard got my full attention last year @LeWeb. Bertrand Piccard’s grandfather was the first human being in the stratosphere, his dad plunged down a whopping  14.000 meter into the Challenger Deep, and Bertrand himself adventured around the world. Nonstop. In a balloon. “It would be childish to think humanity will compromise on comfort levels, …

(e)-thics are tech platform agnostic

I got a lot of reactions on my blogpost Connected Brains, artificial intelligence… and you. Predictably, most people had questions on ethics. Will all kinds of bad people not take advantage of this human-enhancing technology? Should we not stop inventing and evolving, before the bad guys take over the show? Or… worse… the intelligent machines …

Connected Brains, artificial intelligence… and you

We’re getting connected, anywhere, anytime. For some this is a scary thought, for some everyday reality. As miniaturization enables computing and transmitting devices to get smaller and smaller, we can make more little things smarter. Wireless connectivity, Bluetooth Low Energy technology, NFC, and high performance location are being built in a plethora of devices. Even …

Point Omega: when laws of physics are subject to us…

It was fascinating to see Frank Tipler @TEDxBrussels this week. Together with Ray Kurzweil, he fries my brain occasionally when I try to understand his writings ;-). Tipler is big on what he calls the ‘ultimate future of the universe’ . He combines  his ideas on the ‘anthropic principle’ with “The Omega Point” thinking of …

When « how to » outsmarts brains…

TEDxBrussels was a great gathering of super smart people, presenting the heck out of themselves. Nanotubes, stellar mathematics, neural networks and quantum technology  were put to the table to interact with Omega Point thinking and Kurzweils singularities. More IQ on stage than an average computer can handle… Then comes on: Stromae, a local Belgian boy …

Cool! Rat controlled cars!

I am a big fan of Ray Kurzweil. The tech thinker fascinates me now for years with his projections on a society where humans and machines become more and more interdependent, interconnected… and eventually soft merge. Computers and AI units that play chess, write poetry… they are here, and they are here now. Augmented reality …