The astrophysicist joined investor Yuri Milner to announce a 100 million initiative to reach Alpha Centauri. Backed by the scientists who are behind Breakthrough Starshot, a new Kickstarter campaign called "Voices of Humanity" wants to use lasers to propel a tiny spacecraft across the universe. But when it leaves earth, the aim is to include YOU as part of a time capsule. Voices of Humanity is looking for funding to send hockey puck-sized research vessels into space with sensors attached, but they also want to include information like DNA, names, tweets, thoughts--anything that can be digitized. The project is clearly going after the "eternal gift" market.
"To serve man," a short science fiction story written by Damon Knight in 1950, was the basis for a 1962 episode of the classic TV series "The Twilight Zone." The story opens at a special session of the United Nations where three alien emissaries are testifying that the purpose of their mission to Earth is to bring humans "the peace and plenty which we ourselves enjoy, and which we have in the past brought to other races throughout the galaxy." The title of the story uses the dual meanings of the verb to serve: "to assist" or "to provide as a meal." At the conclusion of the story, the narrator realizes to his horror that an alien book titled How to Serve Man is a cookbook! This story came back to mind when I recently attended the First International Workshop on Digital Humanisma (organized by the Faculty of Informatics of Technical University of Vienna, Austria).
It seems all good things must come to an end, including space disco parties. After drifting through space for mere months, the man-made Humanity Star is expected to plunge back down to Earth in a fiery descent. The glittering satellite, referred to by some as a'beacon for all humanity,' was launched into orbit in January and slated to orbit the Earth for about nine months. Now, it seems the object is making an early exit. Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck stands next to the Humanity Star ahead of its launch into orbit on January 21.
David Tamayo, CIO, DCS CorporationAn old Chinese proverb says, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now." This seems to be the thinking of very smart people when it comes to doing something about protecting humanity from the possible dangers of artificial intelligence (AI). Sure, it might be 20, 50 or even 100 years before AI becomes more intelligent than humans, posing an existential problem for today's sapiens. Many luminaries like Elon Musk, Bill Gates and the late Stephen Hawking have warned that failing to prepare for this eventuality will guarantee our demise in some decades to come.
A computer scientist featured in a new documentary is claiming that sex robots could forever change humanity by making sex too accessible. The documentary is called'Sex Robots and Us', and in it Noel Sharkey warns of the damage these robots, which are growing in popularity, can do to society. In the film Sharkey cautions that the machines could make sex'too easy' and'change humanity completely'. Computer scientist Noel Sharkey has expressed concern over the negative consequences of sex robots in a new documentary called'Sex Robots and Us'. He claims that the technology will make sex easier to obtain and permanently change society.