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AI and the Die Progress Unit (or why the future is getting exponentially cooler)

How does the Law of Accelerating Returns apply to technology? This is a great article that delves into the hockey stick graph of future tech. It’s long, but well worth the read.

Here we are, standing in the present, with our linear experience of time and history. We can’t see the future upswing in progress, but we’re standing on the precipice of accelerating change.

Exactly how close are we to an unrecognizable future?

Well, the Internet of Things brings with it a promise of sensors and devices that can evolve virtually every part of our lives, from our homes to healthcare. Pair that with the promises of augmented reality, virtual reality, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence, and the future starts to become unrecognizable to the world we live in today.

But we’re still standing right in front of the precipice. We’re waiting for the Internet of Things to catch on. We’re mastering an increasing number of Artificial Narrow Intelligences, but have yet to make the leap to artificial general intelligence.

To quote the article,

To be human-level intelligent, a computer would have to understand things like the difference between subtle facial expressions, the distinction between being pleased, relieved, content, satisfied, and glad, and why Braveheart was great but The Patriot was terrible.

One things for sure, great technological change is happening. Perhaps exponential change isn’t that far away.

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Wacky fun: Mainstream video art on The Simpsons

Bullett Media called it: this is, indeed, bizarre and brilliant, a must-see Simpsons intro. It’s pretty rad that a) The Simpsons-still going after all these years! and b) still keeping it hilarious and occasionally bizarre after all these years!

The intro was directed by Don Hertzfeldt of Bitter Films. Behold:

It’s like a cross between The Simpsons and the beloved Fruity Oaty Bar commercial from Serenity (trigger warning for those whose brains have been mangled by the Alliance!):

Which brings us to a timely IMPORTANT GEEK HISTORY NOTE! Serenity was released in theaters on this day in 2005. Mirandaaaaaa…

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Can science fiction save the world?

Alright, we have some mixed feelings on Project Hieroglyph. On the one hand, we ourselves have a pretty optimistic view of the future and how devices, sensors, wearables, big data and drones can help us make big strides for the environment, health and humanity.

BUT, we are suckers for a good dystopian book or movie. Armageddon and robots? Sign us up. Kids in an arena fighting to the death? Sure, why not? Somehow, we don’t think optimistic future stories in pop culture will have the same appeal.

In real life though? Now that’s a different story. 🙂

Can science fiction save the world?

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