Tag Archives: science fiction

The First Time by Kevin Morris

It has certainly been a while since I dipped my virtual pen into the ink well and gave vent to my pearls of wisdom or whatever it is I give vent to (answers please on a postcard)! Enough of this … Continue reading

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If it quacks like a duck then it is a duck – well maybe

On 29 June 2012 The Wall Street Journal carried edited extracts of an interview with the inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil. Kurzweil postulates that by about 2029 machines will have achieved human level consciousness and the emotional understanding which goes … Continue reading

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Hemlock

The girl approached Malcolm and taking his hand in hers intoned in a soft musical voice “Darkling I listen; and for many a time I have been half in love with easeful death, called him soft names in many a … Continue reading

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New Software Enables Reading of Minds

Scientists at the University of Maastricht have developed a technology which enables those in a persistive vegetative state to communicate at a basic level. At present the technology allows individuals in a vegetative state to communicate using three letter words. … Continue reading

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Age of Consent by Nick Funnell

This review is about “Age of Consent– A Personal History of the UK 2005-2026”, by Nick Funnell. The book is availible from Amazon for £2.63 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Age-of-Consent-ebook/dp/B007JJ3HE6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1336374076&sr=1-1). Welcome to the UK in the year 2026, a society in which privacy has … Continue reading

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The passing of the Turing Test

The site kurzweilai.net which devotes itself to what it labels “excelerating inteligence” recently carried an article entitled “Person or Computer: Could you Pass the Turing Test”. This brief piece discusses Alan Turing’s 1950 article in which he postulates that if … Continue reading

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On being a machine

An interesting article about the future of technology. Ray Kurzweil sees a world in which we merge with machines (the Singularity). According to Kurzweil we should not fear merging as it will enhance rather than destroy what it means to … Continue reading

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