What should skeptics believe about the singularity?

This is a guest post from Luke Muehlhauser, author of Common Sense Atheism and Worldview Naturalism, and Executive Director of MIRI. [Read more...]

Will Moore’s law fail us?

As a follow up to my “Fifty year intervals” post: will changes in computing technology in the next fifty years really be as radical–or even more radical–than the “punch cards to smartphones and Google’s entire product line” transition of the past fifty years? [Read more...]

The Singularity Institute is now the Machine Intelligence Research Institute

Yay! So now people will (hopefully) no longer mistake the Singularity Institute for a subsidiary of Ray Kurzweil. Notably, Kurzweil bought the Singularity Summit from the organization formerly known as the Singularity Institute, and probably there will be some continued working together on that front at least. [Read more...]

The space between charitable and uncharitable

Judging from the reactions to my “Read the dead uncharitably” post, including Leah Libresco’s, I think that post may have suffered from a poor choice of words. When I talk about “uncharitable” reading, all I mean is making no special effort to read charitably. But Leah’s post talks about the problems with reading “antagonistically,” and [Read More...]