Futurist Ray Kurzweil has theorized that the technological singularity—the moment when artificial intelligence surpasses all human intelligence and brings about the end of humanity as we know it—will happen in the next three decades. In a new series for FX, Seth Rogan is ready to joke about it in the meantime.
For decades, Ray Kurzweil has consistently been wrong about the future. But people still listen to him for some reason. In fact, organizations reportedly pay him $50,000 per speech to hear him say inane things about the shiny, tech-utopian world of tomorrow. At one such speech he recently said that the world isn’t…
We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you’ll need to navigate our future.
In a future where humans battle robots, an elite military team has to save the President. And retrieving him from the middle of robot-territory is as easy as it sounds.
Imagine taking a time machine back to 1750—a time when the world was in a permanent power outage, long-distance communication meant either yelling loudly or firing a cannon in the air, and all transportation ran on hay. When you get there, you retrieve a dude, bring him to 2015, and then walk him around and watch…
Futurists R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell have published a witty, snide, and incredibly informative new book titled, Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity. We spoke to the authors to learn more about the project and their own personal visions of the future.
Consciousness uploading to a computer network at the time of death. It is a great idea. It will happen. People will be able to live forever, roam the universe, experience the unimaginable. Or perhaps it will all get ruined by corporations, as this video—which can be the plot for a Black Mirror episode—shows.
Science fiction is the literature of ideas, and therefore of possibility. After all, we human beings live on a small rock spinning throughspace at a breakneck speed, in a galaxy doing the same, in an unfathomably sized universe made of up dark matter we can't even detect. It's mind-boggling to think about, but science…
Some futurists and science fiction writers predict that we're on the cusp of a world-changing "Technological Singularity." Skeptics say there will be no such thing. Today, I'll be debating author Ramez Naam about which side is right.
The world's most famous physicist is warning about the risks posed by machine superintelligence, saying that it could be the most significant thing to ever happen in human history — and possibly the last.
We're shaken up from the weirdness in vN, Madeline Ashby's novel about artificial consciousness and self-replicating machines. And now, she's written a novel about The Singularity, when artificial intelligence surpasses our own and everything changes. We've got a cover reveal, and some details, below.
Last month we told you about 20 terms every self-respecting futurist should know, but now it's time to turn our attention to the opposite. Here are 10 pseudofuturist catchphrases and concepts that need to be eliminated from your vocabulary.
Falling into a black hole never sounded like fun. How could it? Black holes are the darkest places in the universe, where not even light can escape the singularity's immense gravitational pull. It wouldn't be fun. But what, exactly, would happen?
You've probably heard of a concept known as the Technological Singularity — a nebulous event that's supposed to happen in the not-too-distant future. Much of the uncertainty surrounding this possibility, however, has led to wild speculation, confusion, and outright denial. Here are the worst myths you've been told…
UPDATED! Here it is, the very first teaser trailer for Wally Pfister's Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp as the father of artificial intelligence, but looking so much like hell in this quick glimpse. What happened, Johnny?
Will we be fucking after we leave our bodies behind for cyber-heaven? Over at Steal this Singularity, futurist gadfly R.U. Sirius has a hilarious and smart essay about people who imagine we will transcend sex and random goofiness after the AIs take over.
Want a trip through a black hole without having to experience that pesky death? You're in luck. There's a special kind of black hole that's not just survivable, but might get you to another time, or another universe.