Economist Robin Hanson thinks the era of ems — robots with artificial copies of human brains — could occur in the next century. Read his astonishing predictions … and prepare for your jaw to drop.

Neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris describes a scenario that is both terrifying and likely to occur. It’s not, he says, a good combination.

Around the world, right now, several countries are developing autonomous weapons that use artificial intelligence to locate, track and destroy their targets. AI researcher Toby Walsh explains why that’s a problem.

When I googled “English major who taught herself calculus,” Google gave me the result I wanted — plus a most unhelpful suggestion.

In 2009, futurist and venture capitalist Juan Enriquez had big ideas about how the human species is about to evolve. As a complement to his TED Talk, “The next species of human,” he compiled this useful list of important research we should all be tracking.

Here’s what we humans are really going to do with the hybrid brains that Ray Kurzweil proposes we’ll have by 2030.

“Success in creating Artificial Intelligence would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last.”

Stephen Hawking

Source: The Independent