Tim Josling discusses AI, the Singularity, the way the public might react, whether they would be prepared, John Searle’s Chinese Room thought experiment, and consciousness.
Filmed in the majestic Blue Mountains a couple of hours out of Sydney in Australia. Here are some photos I took while I was there.
Also see Tim’s talk at H+ @Melbourne 2012
Tim Josling studied Law, Anthopology, Philosophy and Mathematics before switching to Computer Science at the dawn of the computer era. He worked on implementing some of the first transactional systems in Australia, later worked on the first ATM networks and was the chief architect for one of the first Internet Banking applications in Australia, and designed an early message switching (“middleware”) application in the USA. During his career he specialised in making large scale applications reliable and fast, saving several major projects from being cancelled due to poor performance and excessive running costs. This led to an interest in the progress of computer hardware and in Moore’s Law, which states that the power of computers grows roughly 10-fold every 5 years. In his spare time he contributed to various open source projects such as the GNU Compiler Collection. After attending the first Singularity Summit in Australia, he decided to retire so he could devote himself full-time to researching Artificial Intelligence, the Technological Singularity and Trans-humanism. He is currently working on applying AI techniques to financial and investment applications.
Talk: The Surprising Rate of Progress in Artificial Intelligence Research
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