Robots And Our Future!

Ray Kurzweil is the Mind Behind the Theory of The Singularity

Futurist and inventor, Ray Kurzweil, is the mind behind the theory of the singularity taking place by 2045, the point when humans multiply our effective intelligence a billionfold by merging with the intelligence we have created. He is attending the festival this year with PHD in order to appear on stage and film elements of a new film the media agency is making around the topic of AI. It is also using the presence of Kurzweil to launch a book on the topic, appropriately named ‘Merge’.

“It’s an optimistic group that welcomes the future as I do,” says Kurzweil when asked what he thinks of the festival. He is sitting quietly on a large deep chair in the middle of the grand lobby of the JW Marriott on Le Croisette having flown in just that morning from the US. He is clearly tired when The Drum greets him but soon warms up while discussing the topic he has spent his professional life leading – the transformational power of technology on people and language.

Asked about his views on the advancement of advertising and communications as a result of technological progress, Kurzweil immediately turns to how useful advertising can be now as it becomes more focused through understanding online user interests.

“Advertising is really blending in with other forms of communication and that is something that people welcome because it is topics that they have an interest in,” he says.

“Brands are very important because we need to trust information. Not everything on the internet can be relied on so we use brands as a way of knowing what is reliable,” he explains, before later adding that AI can help ensure people are treated as individuals rather than a mass audience being served the same message in unison.

“People will resent wasting their time with messages that don’t agree with them, that are in areas they are not interested in, so AI is going to tell people they are going to like a movie or a song and we appreciate that because it’s usually right and brands have to be associated with good quality information. You can’t sell something that people are not going to like,” he says.

He cites advice his aunt, who was a senior vice president of Doyle Dane and Bernbach (DDB) in New York gave, that trying to advertise a brand that people aren’t going to like is the quickest way to kill it: “You have to be selling something that is worthwhile and then people will appreciate the message and it’s more and more important that people can trust in an era that is filled with misinformation.”

He goes on to claim that “language is at the heart of human intelligence” and says that the understanding of human language cannot be faked when asked what technological developments are exciting him currently.

“To really understand language you really have to understand human intelligence and knowledge at human levels. That’s what I work on and that is what I think is most exciting but AI keeps doing things that people thought were only the province of human intelligence. Every time AI does something we say ‘that’s not really AI’ and it has been called ‘the set of problems we haven’t solved yet’ but that is getting smaller and smaller.”

He repeatedly states that the dawn of AI is not “an alien invasion from Mars” but a result of human ingenuity and believes that technology will ultimately “go inside our bodies and brains” to aid health and and that the neo-cortex of the human brain will be linked directly to the cloud, taking man’s evolution a step further as technology assists brains to access more knowledge than ever before.

“We are going to connect our neo-cortex to the cloud and add again to the hierarchy and make ourselves smarter and create capabilities we can’t even imagine today. Try explaining language or music or humor to a primate that doesn’t understand those concepts. We’ll create new types of knowledge that we can’t understand today when we increase our neo-cortex wirelessly to the cloud. That’s my vision of the future that’s a 2030 scenario,” he confides.

“If you read my predictions going back to the 80s and 90s, I am always surprised when things I have talked about come true,” he later admits. “Although I write about them I still find them remarkable. People very quickly get used to them. It’s always been that way,” he says, before using the smartphone as an example of something that was mass adopted five years ago and quickly change society.

And it’s the accuracy of such predictions that have made Kurzweil’s name. For all his writings, he is still best known for his prediction of the Singularity, and despite the continued increase in the speed of technological advancements, he says he still stands by his assertion that the artificial intelligence will be able to pass a Turing test 12 years from now, and that the singularity will still happen in 2045 despite the continued debate of others in the field.

“There are more and more developments that support that view. My view has stayed the same, the consensus view of experts and the general public is moving towards me,” he says.

He continues: “There is a growing group of people who think I’m too conservative but I see no reason to change my view. AI is doing more and more things that people said it would never do… by 2029 they will do anything humans can do…

“We make these machines to be smarter and we are already smarter. The idea that we are going to merge with this technology is not radical. We are doing it right now and the typical dystopian futurist movie is the AI versus the brave band of humans fighting for control of humanity. We don’t have one single AI in the world today, we have, on last count around 3 billion. Phones are AIs. They have really empowered the individual. They are getting more and more capable and they will be in 8 billion hands within a few years and they are getting more and more integrated with us and they are starting to go into our bodies and brains and it starts with extreme cases like Parkinson’s patients but that will be ubiquitous in the 2030s. Whether they are inside our bodies or not, they are already extending our capability.”

Finally, when asked about the most accurate depiction of AI he has seen in film, he says that Spike Jonze‘s Oscar-winning ‘Her’ is his favourite, but that he felt the ending was a ‘cop out’ and admits that despite the Terminator being one of the most famous depictions of AI on screen, he has yet to meet its famous director and writer James Cameron.

“He did express an interest in an interview for a series he’s doing but I haven’t met him yet,” he responds casually.

This century, if Kurzweil is correct, humanity is set to evolve and reach a new level of intelligence and expand its horizons to new heights with the aid of intelligence. How marketers will deal with that challenge when they are already struggling to deal with other technological developments appearing at a rapid rate will be a fascinating leap for the industry to deal with. How do you advertise to robots anyway

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Researchers Turn Ordinary Fibers into Water and Air Purifiers

Researchers Turn Ordinary Fibers into Water and Air Purifiers

 

For centuries, rivers have sustained human civilization.  From the Nile to the Indus, these blue-green and brown waters have been invaluable sources of irrigation.  Unfortunately they are equally convenient for waste disposal.  Over time, cocktails of industrial effluents have caused these rivers to acquire much darker hues.  Fortunately, Prof Juan Hinestroza, fiber science, has created a pollutant-absorbing fiber that could help restore rivers to their former glory.

“I often know what color is in fashion in  the U.S. by looking at a river because some of the chemicals used in manufacturing are thrown into lakes and rivers,” Hinestroza said.  It’s so sad because people have to drink that water.  As a result, what we wanted to do is create a material that could capture pollutants from air and water.

Hinestroza developed the polymer using a process known as cyclodextrin polymerization to coat the surface of a cotton fabric.  Polymerization is the process of reacting molecules together in a chemical reaction to form polymers, large molecules of repeated subunits.  The resultant material is capable of  filtering a variety of contaminants,  including Styrene and Bisphenol A. BPA is known to cause a variety of health effects, including early puberty, heart disease, breast cancer and infertility.

“Cyclodextrin is a very beautiful molecule.  On the outside it’s hydrophobic and on the inside it’s hydrophilic, Hinestroza explained.  It works because of the chemical affinity of the molecule – it is able to capture the pollutants inside and reuse them.

In fact, one of Hinestroza’s main goals is to develop a “super-suit” capable of repelling stains, changing colors and healing minor wounds.  We are also working on clothing that changes colors without pigments.  For example, when there is an allergen close by, the clothing will change colors to alert
you.  If someone spills wine on the clothing, it should be able to repel the stain and scent.

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Herbs and Spices Inhibit AGE

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Herbs and Spices Inhibit AGE

The  Journal of Medicinal Food published a report by researchers at the University of Georgia.  It revealed that a number of common herbs and spices offer significant protection against the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGE). Advanced glycation end-products are the result of the bonding of sugar with protein molecules.  This is a process known as glycation, which increases when blood sugar levels are elevated. AGE compounds activate the immune system, leading to excessive inflammation and tissue damage. This damage can occur in the blood vessel walls, contributing to atherosclerosis.

For the current study, University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences associate professor James Hargrove and colleagues prepared extracts of 24 herbs and spices purchased at a major supermarket. The extracts were tested for their phenolic content, antioxidant potential, and protein glycation inhibitory activity.

Cloves and cinnamon emerged as the leading spices in phenolic content among the extracts tested. (Phenols are plant compounds which have an antioxidant property) The total phenolic content of cloves was found to be 30 percent of its dry weight, which is significantly higher than blueberries, a food that is known for its antioxidant and phenolic content. The team discovered a strong correlation between the extracts’ phenol content and their ability to block AGE formation. Other extracts which significantly inhibited glycation were Jamaican allspice and apple pie spice, which is a blend of allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. The remaining herbs and spices, including oregano, rosemary, and turmeric, also showed an ability to inhibit glycation, but at lesser dilutions.

“Because herbs and spices have a very low calorie content and are relatively inexpensive.  They’re a great way to get a lot of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power into your diet,” Dr Hargrove advised. “Culinary herbs and spices are all generally recognized as safe and have been time-tested in the diet. Some spices and herbals are now sold as food supplements because of their recognized health benefits.”

If you set up a good herb and spice cabinet and season your food liberally, you could double or even triple the medicinal value of your meal without increasing the caloric content.

 

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Detox Daily with 5 Types of Nutrient-Rich Foods

As you likely know, supporting your body’s ability to detox is truly necessary in today’s society. Based on scientific and medical literature, everyone is toxic. Period. Think about it – toxins exist in every aspect of our lives, from the air we breathe, to the food we eat, even to the thoughts we think. It has been estimated that there are currently over 80,000 chemicals currently used in the United States, and we are exposed to many of them on a daily basis.

These toxins, ranging from heavy metals to persistent organic pollutants (POPs), can have drastic negative effects on our health. Animal and human studies have linked exposure to toxins to inflammation, oxidative damage, neurodegeneration, immune system dysfunction and skeletal degeneration to name just a few.

Unfortunately, avoiding all these dangerous toxins is next to impossible, as they have permeated all aspects of our lives.

However, there is a simple way to support your body’s natural detoxification function – eat more colorful plant foods!
Detox naturally with healthy food

You’ve likely heard the refrain to eat more fruits and vegetables from your parents, doctors, and health experts many times, and for good reason. While colorful fruits and vegetables look great arranged on a plate, there are also powerful compounds at work under the surface that have incredible health and detoxing benefits. These compounds are called phytonutrients, and besides giving foods their colors, they can also support health and detox in every part of your body.

There are hundreds of different phytonutrients, each supporting your body’s health in a different way. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the information about different phytonutrients and their benefits. On a broad scale, simply eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables of different colors ensures that you’ll be reaping the benefits of a host of phytonutrients.

However, you can also tailor your phytonutrient intake to address specific issues or functions. To get you started on your journey into the colorful world of phytonutrients, here are five classes of phytonutrients that are renowned specifically for their detoxing abilities:

  1. Flavonoids: These compounds are found in a spectrum of different foods, including cilantro, parsley, onions, apples, oranges, and blueberries. In terms of detoxing power, these antioxidants bind to heavy metals in the body, and aid in their removal from the body through urine. They also fight harmful inflammation in the body caused by toxic overload.To maximize your flavonoid intake, try to eat your fruits and vegetables raw or lightly steamed as much as possible. Overcooking or processing flavonoid-rich foods drastically reduces the bioavailability of the compounds. Just make sure that the vegetables don’t lose any of their rich colors while steaming.
  1. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG): This phytonutrient has a list of detox benefits almost as long as its name! EGCG triggers increased production of certain genes and enzymes responsible for POP detoxification, helping the body’s natural systems to clear the body of these dangerous toxins more efficiently. The compound is also a powerful antioxidant and boasts anti-inflammatory activities.The richest source of EGCG is green tea. The amount of ECGC varies greatly depending on the brand of tea, but a high-quality tea like Teavana Green Tea has around 83 milligrams of ECGC per teaspoon. To get the most out of your tea, steep your green tea at least 5 minutes to allow for maximum EGCG concentration.
  1. Quercetin: Quercetin is found in many sources, including citrus fruits, apples, onions, parsley, nuts, tea, and dark berries like blueberries, blackberries, and bilberries. Similar to the other phytonutrients on this list, it is a powerful anti-inflammatory compound and antioxidant that binds to heavy metals to facilitate their removal from the body. Like EGCG, it also boosts the enzymes responsible for POP detoxification.This compound in particular is generally concentrated in the skin of fruits and vegetables. When relevant, try to include as much of plant’s outer layer in your cooking as you can. Only remove the outer paper-y skin from onions, don’t peel your organic apples (but do wash very well!), and add some citrus zest (shredded bits of the peel) to dishes.
  1. Curcumin: Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, is one of the most powerful spices for your health. It has been called a health superstar, thanks to over 50 healing actions. Looking specifically at detoxing functions, curcumin is an antioxidant that binds to heavy metals in the body, fights inflammation from toxins, and increases the production of enzymes responsible for POP detoxification. It has also been shown to have cancer preventative activities in human studies. Turmeric can be incorporated into your meals in a myriad of ways. Make a vegetable curry using curry powder and coconut milk or sprinkle turmeric in your salad dressing or on stir-fries.
  1. Organosulfur compounds: Foods containing organosulfur compounds (or, more simply, sulfur) are generally marked by a pungent aroma and slightly bitter taste. Onion, garlic, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips, and bok choy are all rich sources of organosulfur compounds. These antioxidant-rich phytonutrients reduce inflammation, bind to and aid in the excretion of heavy metals, and boost the production of POP-detoxifying enzymes. Like curcumin, they also defend the body against cancer-causing agents. Uniquely, they also protect the liver and reproductive system from toxic invaders.Garlic is one of the richest sources of organosulfur compounds. Dicing or smashing garlic is the best way to release these compounds – however, it’s important to let the garlic sit for ten minutes after slicing and before cooking, as heat may inactive the healthy organosulfur compounds.

Incorporating these phytonutrients into your diet is a great way to support and boost your body’s natural detoxification systems, and to help you live clean in an unclean world.