First day of the Singularity Summit 2010 and first round-up of the last innovations and cutting-edge projects in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). The conferences focused more on demos and con
crete applications, less on Theory. L’Atelier US was there.
Human health and body improvement was a highly discussed subject today. Ben Goertzel, CEO of bioinformatics firm Biomind, talked about AI for increasing Human Health. He explained how the human body can be thought of as a very complex machine and remains very difficult to understand for our human mind. Longevity research has shown that everything in the body is interrelated. There isn’t a magic cocktail for longevity. In a near future, AI and AGI could help biology and pharma. What we need is an AI Biologist.
Steve Mann, an eccentric inventor and professor at the University of Toronto, gave the most entertaining show. He arrived wearing cam glasses and a blue machine that plays music with water. He also filmed the audience while he was talking. His concept of “sousveillance” or “undersight”, presented as the opposite of “surveillance” could be a deep understanding of how cam technologies can change society for the good or not. He thinks that a society based on the concept of “sousveillance” is the best way to decrease criminality because in this case surveillance comes from a human level, from “under”. It’s the contrary of a Big Brother society based surveillance from the above.
Another inspiring idea shared by Steve Mann and his music team was his idea about addiction. Human Computer Interfaces seem to work better if there is a real human desire to have an interaction with them. Better is the pleasure to play with machines, better humans and machines are interrelated. The best way to create this addiction is to create machines that are also provide sensitive experiences (playing music with water for example). Science engineering and art have to fuse to create Human Computer Machines of the future.
Mandayam A. Srinivasan, Director of MIT’s TouchLab, explained the latest innovations in haptic (touch) technologies: TADOMA, a system that aids deaf people, remote human interactions, brain machine control. He gave his vision of the future human brain: superhuman capacities (high speed and accurate vision, for example), directly integrated software (music), data management, new capacities to evolve in an abstract space.