Category Archives: Futurism

Summary of Marshall Brain’s, “The Day You Discard Your Body”

Marshall Brain (1961 – ) is an author, public speaker, and entrepreneur. He earned an MS in computer science from North Carolina State University where he taught for many years, and is the founder of the website HowStuffWorks, which was sold in 2007 to Discovery Communications for $250,000,000. Continue reading Summary of Marshall Brain’s, “The Day You Discard Your Body”

Summary of Hans Moravec’s, Robot: Mere Machine To Transcendent Mind

Hans Moravec (1948 – ) is a faculty member at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University and the chief scientist at Seegrid Corporation. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford in 1980 and is known for his work on robotics, artificial intelligence, and writings on the impact of technology, Continue reading Summary of Hans Moravec’s, Robot: Mere Machine To Transcendent Mind

Future Technology and Philosophy

Moore’s law is an example of futures studies; it is a statistical collection of past and present trends with the goal of accurately extrapolating future trends.

Technology—especially intelligence augmentation and artificial intelligence—has the potential to transform the future of philosophy. Continue reading Future Technology and Philosophy

Can “We” Live in the Future?

Suppose we cryogenically preserve ourselves. Even if our descendants revive us there is a chance that our minds will be too primitive to be properly rebooted. Future technologies may be incompatible with our archaic mind files. It would be as if we found an old floppy disk or early telephone but no longer had the means to run them. Continue reading Can “We” Live in the Future?