The New Homo Artificialis

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If you like H. Artificialis, you’ll like it even more in a few short weeks.

On March 31, 2015, H. Artificialis will publish its first issue as a free journal.  New issues will appear six times a year.

The first issue will include:

  • “Synthetic Intimacy and the Erotic Turing Test (Part I)” — A look at intimate relations between humans and artificial persons in art and in real life.  First in a series.
  • “Robophobia: Killer Robots and Real-Life Warfare” — The increasingly heavy reliance on drones in combat raises questions about the use of autonomous weapons in war.
  • “Artificial Evil: Red Flags and Storm Warnings” — Several high-profile figures have recently issued warnings about the dangers of AI.  What can we make of their premonitions?

See the about page for more details, then mark your calendars.

And until the end of the month arrives, you might enjoy our monthly companion publication, SF Around the World.  Issue 7 (February 2015) is up now.

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Artificial womb reveals embryo’s growth

“A great science fiction detective story” - Ian Watson, author of The Universal Machine

News article here and original paper here.

Team leader Kevin Shakesheff’s faculty page here.

Shakesheff  was named one of Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 in 2002 (at which time he was 32).  Of course Sergey Brin and Larry Page were selected the same year and no one ever heard of those guys again.  You can find last year’s 35 here.

Shakesheff’s Technology Review bio summarized his main interest as follows:

The human immune system defends against foreign objects with vigilance, but Kevin Shakesheff wants to create lasting peace between synthetic surfaces and the biological world. He is building polymer scaffolds, on which living cells can grow, to form the backbones of what will one day be transplant-ready organs, as well as drug delivery vehicles that can steer themselves to target sites.

You can hear him lecture on regenerative medicine  at the Bio-Dundee Conference in 2011below.  The sound is tinny and the camera stays on him rather than showing his slides, but the lecture is interesting.

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Roman Yampolskiy: Containing the AI Apocalypse

“A great science fiction detective story” - Ian Watson, author of The Universal Machine

The headlines make Roman Yampolskiy sound like a knee-jerk Luddite screaming warnings against Skynet on the street corner, but he’s actually thought in more interesting and practical ways than many people about how undesirable AI/human interaction might take place.

News Article here (reprinted here and there and everywhere).

Original paper for sale from Journal of Consciousness Studies here.

Free papers by same author: Direct and Indirect Human Computer Interaction Based Biometrics, Face Recognition in the Virtual World: Recognizing Avatar Faces, AI Complete AI Hard or AI Easy: Classifiction of Problems in Artificial Intelligence.  Others can be found here.

His faculty page at the University of Louisville and his Rate My Professors page.

And apparently he has been a visiting fellow at the Singularity University.  Something purporting to be his application to SU is available on YouTube and embedded below.

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The Robot Zoo of the Future [two articles, related video]

“A great science fiction detective story” - Ian Watson, author of The Universal Machine

Read articles about the future of robot zoos here and here.

Watch Shiva the awesome robot tiger below (or if embedded video doesn’t play, watch it here).  Shiva was built by Belgian artist Kezanti.

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In 1930, Robots Were Stealing Musicians’ Jobs

“A great science fiction detective story” - Ian Watson, author of The Universal Machine

Read the article here.

A video (not from the article) of robotic band EOL (End of Life) playing Marilyn Manson’s The Beautiful People is embedded below.  If it doesn’t play properly, watch it here.

You may also want to take a look at (or listen to) Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson, in which he discusses the history of copyright and today’s copyright crisis and its historical relation to automated music in the form of player pianos.  You can get a zip file of the audiobook for free here

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Surgical Robotics Pioneer Discusses Holomers and Plasma Medicine [with video and related links]

“A great science fiction detective story” - Ian Watson, author of The Universal Machine

Read article here.

If embedded video does not play, watch it here.

Home page of Richard M. Satava, M.D. at University of Washington is here.

Richard Satava’s paper on Medical Applications of Virtual Reality [pdf] here.

Transcript of a symposium on the OR of the future including Richard Satava [pdf] here.

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Nanotechnology uses virus’ coats to fool cancer cells

“A great science fiction detective story” - Ian Watson, author of The Universal Machine

Read article here.  Read original paper (provisional pdf version) here.

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