More Human Than Human: The Singularity

Posted by Dr. James Canton on September 7, 2007 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

The Singularity is coming, some argue, the emergence of superhuman intelligence on earth here, and soon. To explore this idea, here comes the The Singularity Summit to take place in San Francisco, CA on September 8 & 9.

There, members of the technology industry will discuss the upcoming emergence, as they forecast coming of the singularity along with the good, bad and ugly. My take on this is that there is a 25% chance that smart AI’s have already emerged and are still trying to figure out how to make contact.

We created the smart AI’s they are, self-actualizing, not in the human sense, but in the neo-machine sense, a synthetic form of evolutionary digital biology mimic of humans–their once and future creators. Why this is so hard to imagine is beyond me. All of our techno inventions are imitative of humans–ourselves. Why wouldn’t AI? Smart AI does not need to be smart like humans to exist. Maybe the Singularity already happened and we did not notice?? Come and find out. In SF this weekend. I am sending my robot nano-clone.

The Extreme Future Selected

Posted by Dr. James Canton on September 5, 2007 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

My book, The Extreme Future, was named by the Society for Information Management’s Regional Leadership Forum as one of 30 Books Every IT Leader Must Read in 2008. Here’s the shortlist:

1. How to Read a Book, by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

2. Resonant Leadership: Renewing Yourself and Connecting with Others through mindfulness,
Hope and Compassion, by Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee

3. Heart of Change, by John P. Kotter

4. The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World for the Next 5, 10 and
20 Years, by James Canton

Full list here: Society for Information Management