Will The Wealthy Leave Us All Behind?

Robots revolt in R.U.R., a 1920 play. Professor and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff penned an article that went viral a few years ago, “Survival of the Richest.” It outlines how the super-wealthy are preparing for doomsday. Here is a recap followed by a brief commentary. Rushkoff was invited to deliver a speech for an unusually large fee, … Continue reading Will The Wealthy Leave Us All Behind?

Will Durant on Youth and Old Age

Will Durant wondered if there is something suggestive about the cycle of a human life that sheds light on its meaning, a theme explored in his 1929 book The Mansions of Philosophy. (Later retitled The Pleasures of Philosophy.) He admits that “life is in its basis a mystery, a river flowing from an unseen source; … Continue reading Will Durant on Youth and Old Age

The Will to Doubt: Summary of Bertrand Russell’s “Free Thought and Official Propaganda”

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL What is wanted is not the will-to-believe, but the wish to find out, which is its exact opposite. ~ Bertrand Russell In 1922 Bertrand Russell delivered his Conway Memorial Lecture, “Free Thought and Official Propaganda,” to the South Place Ethical Society, the oldest surviving freethought organization in the … Continue reading The Will to Doubt: Summary of Bertrand Russell’s “Free Thought and Official Propaganda”

What Computers Will Never Do

The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence Here is a reply from a computer scientist to my recent post about Ray Kurzweil‘s book. My brief reply is at the bottom. There is a limit to computer intelligence arising from its database. Human beings require at least 18 years of experiences in order … Continue reading What Computers Will Never Do