Friday, April 11, 2014

Is Human Intelligence Still Evolving?

Is Human Intelligence Still Evolving?


There is no doubt that human intelligence will continue to evolve. And not just an external evolution of building on acquired knowledge, but a physiological evolution of the brain and cells. How it will evolve is harder to predict.

It’s also difficult to define what we mean by human intelligence. But for the purpose of this article, we’ll define it as the ability to receive, interpret and deliver information.

It’s somewhat arrogant to assume that humans have reached a plateau in their physical evolution; particularly when one considers that we have been physically evolving for the last two and half million years. In fact, the evolution of hominid intelligence can be traced over its course for the past 10 million years, and attributed to specific environmental challenges.

We may no longer be so subjected to Darwin’s survival of the fittest, which is still alarmingly prevalent amongst, say, cockroaches and rats, but we are heading into an unchartered age of genetic manipulation, into an age of creation of the fittest.

We look forward to your thoughts on how you think human intelligence will evolve.

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Merging Artificial and Organic Intelligence

The Merger of Artificial Intelligence and Organic Intelligence


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is any man-made machine that can process information and react to it in some productive way. John McCarthy, the brilliant computer and cognitive scientist, who coined the term in 1955, defined AI as "the science and engineering of making intelligent machines.”

There is of course, an increasingly blurred line between purely mechanical AI, and OI, organic intelligence. On one end of the spectrum, there is the computer, robot, cell phone, calculator, microwave and electronics and on the other, there is the human being, animal, plant or organic cell. But between the two spectrums, there is a growing fusion between the two, the development of implanted micro-machines for example, alleviating pain, vascular plaque, pacing the heart, regulating brainwaves, targeting cancer cells; a growing world of borgs, where both intelligences can serve each other, intertwining towards the great unknown.


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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Profile at the Edge Foundation

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http://www.edge.org/memberbio/jeffrey_Epstein


JEFFREY EPSTEIN is a financier and science philanthropist. He is President of the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation and currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Trust Company. Mr. Epstein started his career at Bear Stearns with an educational background in physics and mathematics.

Mr. Epstein is the founder of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University. Established in 2003, the Program studies the evolution of microsystems and microbiology with the use of mathematics. Under the direction of Martin Nowak, Professor of Biology and Mathematics at Harvard University, the Program has developed critical mathematical models of how viruses and cancer cells evolve.

Mr. Epstein founded the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation in 2000 to fund and support cutting edge science around the world. He is one of the largest supporters of individual scientists, including theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and Nobel Laureates Gerard ‘t Hooft, David Gross and Frank Wilczek. His foundation also plays an active role in supporting education across the United States as well as philanthropy in the US Virgin Islands, where the foundation is based.

Mr. Epstein is actively involved in the Santa Fe Institute, the Theoretical Biology Initiative at the Institute for Advanced Study, the Quantum Gravity Program and the University of Pennsylvania. He recently sat on the Mind, Brain and Behavior Committee at Harvard University.

Mr. Epstein is a former member of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the New York Academy of Science and a former Rockefeller University Board Member.

Program for Evolutionary Dynamics

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http://www.ped.fas.harvard.edu/people/friends/Jeffrey_Epstein.html

Jeffrey Epstein is a science philanthropist and financier and the financial founder of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. He is President of the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation and Chairman and CEO of the Financial Trust Company in New York City and the US Virgin Islands. Mr. Epstein started his career at Bear Stearns with an educational background in physics and mathematics at the Courant Institute.

Mr. Epstein founded the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation in 2000 to fund and support cutting edge science around the world. He is one of the largest supporters of individual scientists, including theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, Marvin Minsky, Seth Lloyd and Nobel Laureates Gerard ‘t Hooft, David Gross and Frank Wilczek.

More recently, Mr. Epstein has supported advances in artificial intelligence, notably the OpenCog Foundation in Hong Kong and Joscha Bach’s Micropsi work in Berlin, which have been building virtual cognitive models of the human mind.

The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation also plays a continuous role in supporting education across the United States as well as philanthropy in the US Virgin Islands, where the foundation is based.
Mr. Epstein is actively involved in the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics and regularly participates in lectures and academic events. He is also involved in the Santa Fe Institute, the Theoretical Biology Initiative at the Institute for Advanced Study and the Quantum Gravity Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He recently sat on the Mind, Brain and Behavior Committee at Harvard University.
Mr. Epstein is a former member of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the New York Academy of Science and a former Rockefeller University Board Member.

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