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C-Realm Podcast Episode 28

Episode 28: Building a Better Monster

We start off with some listener submitted content, and then KMO talks
with Novamente founder Ben Goertzel about kinds of minds;
straight-laced and psychedelic, evolved organic and autogenous
"artificial" agents. The Dopefiend makes an appearance to dream big
about the future of podcasting, and we end with a teaser for next
week's interview with Albert Bates.

Salvia-Inspired Creation Myth:

You can find Ryan Nagel's animated videos on his YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=rnnagle

Ben Goertzel

His name in the headline font above acts as a text link to Ben's site. You can find all you need to know there or on Ben's blog, but just to make this page look like it's got some content to it, here's an out-of-date bio for Ben that I swiped from here: http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/bios/goertzel.html

BEN GOERTZEL is founder Chairman, and Chief Technology Officer of Webmind Inc., and the chief architect of the Webmind AI system which not only understands the meaning of concepts expressed in text, speech and numerical data patterns, but also creates its own ideas based on the information it accesses. Webmind, a Java-based software system, evolves its own "digital intuition," which it uses to pose and answer questions. It deals with textual and numerical information on an equal footing, freely making generalizations that span different types of data.

Goertzel holds a PhD in mathematics from Temple University, and has held university faculty positions in mathematics, computer science, and psychology, at universities in the US, New Zealand and Australia. He is author of numerous research papers, a biography (Linus Pauling: A Life in Science and Politics) and five scholarly books dealing with topics in the cognitive sciences. In his spare time, he composes avant-garde music and writes surrealist fiction and poetry.

If you want to learn more about the concept of autogeny, you might want to check out the website of the coiner of the term, J. Storrs (Josh) Hall, PhD: http://autogeny.org/

Ben and I talk about SF visualizations of the Singularity with many references to Accelerondo, by Charles Stross (AKA autopope). You can read Accerlerondo on-line for free here: http://www.accelerando.org/

The Dopefiend has made several previous appearances on the C-Realm Podcast, but if you're new in town and haven't heard of him before, you can find out more about him as well as my other podcast, Psychonautica, here:


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    ( 1 comment — Leave a comment )
    Apr. 12th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)

    oh wow, THIS one (Ben Goertzel rocks!) looks good enough to try an actual listen.
    ( 1 comment — Leave a comment )

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