Ep 11: Singularity & Superheroes

Micah Redding, Amy Gaskin

Posted on 2015-12-14 18:00:00


Micah and Amy discuss the disruptiveness of the Singularity, the creepiness of robots, the awesomeness of superheroes, and the importance of origin stories.

  • Some nerdiness about the [literal mathematical singularities](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singularity_(mathematics)) at the center of black holes
  • vs the metaphorical singularities we will be talking about the rest of the time
  • Moore's Law and the technological singularity
  • Cultural change and the cultural singularity
  • The Intern and the shifting expectations around job and career in a time of accelerating change
  • The images we have in our minds when we talk about the singularity. Mine is a vortex, Amy's is a golden tetrahedron.
  • It's a Wonderful Life, and our images of God. A kid who envisioned God as a slice of pizza.
  • Isaac Asimov, the 3 Laws of Robotics
  • Battlestar Galatica and AI
  • Biomimicry & insectoid vs humanoid robots
  • Plastic, metal, and why the robots of the future will be more biological
  • The transformations of secular transhumanism vs the more extreme transformations of Christianity
  • The uncanny valley and why we're creeped out by dolls and clowns
  • Ultron and why we envision artificial intelligences as sociopaths
  • The assumption that AI can't have compassion
  • Why Stephen Hawking should be working harder on his comedy
  • The singularity as rapture of the nerds, and Ray Kurzweil's coming paradise
  • The creator of Minecraft and living in a world without conflict
  • Alexander the Great lamenting that there were no more worlds left to conquer
  • Heaven is not the end of the road. It's stepping up to the next challenge.
  • Jeanine Thweat-Bates and her talk on cyborgs, superheroes, and the importance of origin stories
  • Blast from the Past and the emotional drive behind Science & Technology
  • Don Miller's Blue Like Jazz, Micah's appearance as an extra, and how you can be the Pope that the world needs now

Ep 11: Singularity & Superheroes
Christian Transhumanist Podcast
Micah Redding, Amy Gaskin
2015-12-14 18:00:00

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