2014 - October
Human Enhancement--The way ahead: The technological singularity (Ubiquity symposium)
by Kevin Warwick
In this paper a look is taken at artificial intelligence and the ways it can be brought about, either by means of a computer or through biological growth. Ways of linking the two methods are also discussed, particularly the possibilities of linking human and artificial brains together. In this regard practical experiments are referred to in which human enhancement can be achieved though linking with artificial intelligence.
The Singularity and the State of the Art in Artificial Intelligence: The technological singularity (Ubiquity symposium)
by Ernest Davis
The state of the art in automating basic cognitive tasks, including vision and natural language understanding, is far below human abilities. Real-world reasoning, which is an unavoidable part of many advanced forms of computer vision and natural language understanding, is particularly difficult---suggesting the advent of computers with superhuman general intelligence is not imminent. The possibility of attaining a singularity by computers that lack these abilities is discussed briefly.
Opening Statement: Will computers out-compete us all?: The technological singularity (Ubiquity symposium)
by Espen Andersen
To jumpstart this symposium, Espen Andersen describes the debate surrounding "technological singularity" and questions whether this is something that will happen---and if so, what the consequences might be.