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Kurzweil Interviews Marvin Minsky: Is Singularity Near? Noam Chomsky:The Singularity is Science Fiction!






The Singularity is defined as a hypothetical moment in time when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence.

View the following two videos dealing with the singularity, artificial intelligence, the human brain, and more. 

MARVIN MINSKY, 2014 laureate, is a cognitive scientist in the field of artificial intelligence, co-founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AI laboratory, and author of several texts on AI and philosophy. 

Ray Kurzweil author, computer scientist, inventor, futurist, Director of Engineering at Google, and former student of Marvin Minsky.

Kurzweil interviews Marvin Minsky

Noam Chomsky is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology  linguistphilosophercognitive scientist,logician and public intellectual.

Noam Chomsky: The Singularity is Science Fiction!


Cutting Edge Genomic Research in the World's First Carbon-Neutral Laboratory Facility








J. CRAIG VENTER, 2012 laureate, is Founder, Chairman, and President of the J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, MD and La Jolla, CA, USA and CEO of Synthetic Genomics Inc., La Jolla, CA, USA.

"One of our quests is to help solve two troubling issues — global climate change and our dependence on hydrocarbons. While doing all we can to find solutions to these issues through our science, we are now building what we believe will be the first carbon-neutral laboratory facility in the world, located on the campus of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

Our research groups focus on human genomic medicine, infectious disease, plant, microbial and environmental genomics, synthetic biology and biological energy, bioinformatics, and software engineering. One of our core areas has always been high-throughput genomic sequencing. This team is housed in a facility in Rockville and features the latest DNA sequencers, a new technology development lab and a state-of-the-art data center. The JCVI has a Policy Center dedicated to exploring the social and ethical issues surrounding genomic research, and an Education Group that seeks to enlighten and engage the next generation of scientists through efforts such as the Discover!Genomics mobile laboratory. 

See the Sustainable Strategies of the facility









"A passion of mine is visualizing information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words.

I’m interested in how designed information can help us understand the world, cut through BS and reveal the hidden connections, patterns and stories underneath. Or, failing that, it can just look cool!"

David McCandless, data journalist and information designer

See Information is Beautiful site

David McCandless on Youtube

AN INSPIRATION FOR ALL CITIES: See how Christchurch activated vacant sites with creative projects, to make for a more interesting, dynamic and vibrant city

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RYAN REYNOLDS, 2004 scholarship recipient, helps rebuild a vibrant and innovative Christchurch following the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 with the creative urban regeneration initiative Gap Filler, which he co-founded. 

View Ryan Reynolds' TED talk 'The Adolescent City' 

Visit the Gap Filler site


Bible Belt, Religion, Grief and a Horrendous Crime












The latest film directed by Atom Egoyan (2008 laureate) investigates religion, grief, guilt and innocence in the true story of a horrific murder commited in the United States Bible Belt (see CUTV interview with Atom Egoyan below).

On May 5, 1993, three eight-year-old boys (Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore) went missing from their neighborhood in West Memphis, Arkansas. After an extensive search, their bound and beaten bodies were found the next day. The religious community and small police department were convinced that the murders were the work of a satanic cult due to the violent and apparent sexual nature of the crime. A month later, three teenagers (eighteen-year-old Damien Echols, sixteen-year-old Jason Baldwin, and seventeen-year-old Jessie Misskelley Jr.) were arrested after Misskelley, who was mentally handicapped, confessed after four hours of interrogation. Despite the lack of evidence connecting them to the crimes, they were convicted; Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life and Echols to death.

August 19, 2011 they were allowed to walk free, while still maintaining their innocence and vowing to find the perpetrators.

Watch the CUTV interview