Month: July 2020

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006 – Guest: Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, neuroscientist

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-rgftv-e3ce39

This show’s amazing guest has seen naked brains… while they were still in use. Dr. Ryan D’Arcy is a neuroscientist, pictured here with one of his tools, an MRI machine. He co-founded HealthTech Connex Inc., and serves as President and Chief Scientific Officer. HealthTech Connex translates neuroscience advances into health technology breakthroughs. We met on the TEDx stage in Surrey BC, where he was speaking about how he helped Trevor Greene, a soldier who had his head split by an axe while serving in Afghanistan.

See his TEDx talk here.

In this episode, we talk about why he loves to fix broken brains, and what’s going on in our brains, with brainwaves, neurons, and – just what is a thought, anyhow? If you want to learn how to harness neuroplasticity to improve your own brain, Ryan tells you how in this episode. All that and of course our usual look at a headline about AI.

Transcript at HumanCusp Blog.

 Dr. Ryan D'Arcy

 

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005 – Guests: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, science fiction authors, part 2

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-b4wgu-e361d9

Disruption happens when the future arrives faster than we anticipated. We’ve had plenty of that lately, but as far as the disruption from artificial intelligence is concerned, it’s only warming up. Sink, swim, or surf: how do you want to handle the waves of change AI is bringing?

To help us stretch our imagination, this episode concludes the interview with our mind-blowing guests Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, science fiction authors with numerous credits in science fiction and Hollywood for over thirty years, particularly in the Star Trek universe, writing novels such as Memory Prime and Prime Directive and with writer and producer credits on the series Star Trek Enterprise. They’ve helped NASA with visioning future goals through a Space Policy workshop, they’ve helped Disney design theme park rides, and they won the Constellation award for creating the series Primeval: New World. Catch their author page on Amazon.

In this episode, we talk about their careers, how to use science fiction to become more creative, possible and likely evolutions of AI and humanity, and implications of brain-machine interfaces.  All that and our customary look at today’s headlines in AI.

Transcript at HumanCusp Blog.

 Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens

 

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004 – Guests: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, science fiction authors

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ccp6c-e2b092

Disruption happens when the future arrives faster than we anticipated. We’ve had plenty of that lately, but as far as the disruption from artificial intelligence is concerned, it’s only warming up. Sink, swim, or surf: how do you want to handle the waves of change AI is bringing?

To help us stretch our imagination, this episode’s mind-blowing guests are Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, science fiction authors with numerous credits in science fiction and Hollywood for over thirty years, particularly in the Star Trek universe, writing novels such as Memory Prime and Prime Directive and with writer and producer credits on the series Star Trek Enterprise. They’ve helped NASA with visioning future goals through a Space Policy workshop, they’ve helped Disney design theme park rides, and they won the Constellation award for creating the series Primeval: New World.

In this episode, we talk about their experiences in the world of science fiction and how they’ve changed with the pandemic, adventures helping NASA, the aspirations of Star Trek, and their thoughts about what advanced AIs would really be like.  All that and our customary look at today’s headlines in AI.

Transcript at HumanCusp Blog.

 Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
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003 – Guest Audrey Tang, Taiwanese Digital Minister, part 2

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-9xgn9-e1ecd2

What does one of the nations that has most successfully defended itself against the coronavirus have to teach us about AI? Plenty, when the architect of their digital response to COVID-19 is also a technology genius.

In this episode, I conclude my talk with Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s Digital Information Minister. She’s responsible for Taiwan’s “Digital Democracy” and has a sky-high IQ. We talk about the impact of AI on jobs, how AI can be developed transparently, national and international strategies for safe AI advancement, and what Audrey foresees for the next 10 years.

What is the responsibility of government to its citizens as technology advances, if that advance may leave some behind? We get into that and much more in this episode.

For more on Audrey’s “humor vs rumor” approach to combating information warfare, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClmT6bZX5yE.

Transcript at HumanCusp Blog.

Image credit: Wikipedia.

Audrey Tang