First, my costume was a big success last night. I’ll post a pic over the next few hours. BuddahMan (aka Tim McCloud) took some great ones.
Love in the Future – Let’s see if this is more than your garden variety Boston polyamory panel. I’ll give it until 11:30, then off to “You Want to do What With My Genes?”
Mark Tidemann – the 60’s introduced the idea of the marriage contract – not very realistic – to messy realistic relationships in today’s books. Of course, there are the Heinleinian models of line marriages, etc. (Mary Ann Mohanraj).
Firefly was groundbreaking in its treatment of alternate sexuality / alternate relationships. The sheer matter-of-factness of it is revolutionary.(Bey King)
You want to do what with my genes? –
Ideas being kicked around – Genetic engineering emerging as a necessity to cope with environmental changes. Will other technologies with shorter lead times overwhelm genetic engineering as a effect? How quickly will normal economic processes move genetic technologies into mass market sized distribution? For a while, the most radical procedures will continue to be practiced in the cases of life threatening diseases, with some spectacular successes and some spectacular failures. Law will also lag behind the technologies, but there are attempts to get ahead of the curve
MIT Media Lab:
Marvin minsky – the lab is anti-diplinarian. Still working on creating a thinking machine. Not enamored with genetic programming or statistical methods of creating AI.
Sandy Pentland is working on the idea that people are basically collections of simple algorithms. In his thesis, psychohistory should work, as a statistical discipline. Also looking into using simple models for predicting assumedly complex human interactions, like dating and salary negotiations.
Sheep use facial and scent recognition. Why? Sheep are featureless except for their faces.
Thinking about intelligence in the singulars probably not useful in the long run. We’re social creatures & our intelligence is distributed.
Wearable computers – Pentland’s lab is still working in the field & has been for 15 years. Then, Motorola threatened to cut off funding when told that they should make wearable computers. Last year, Motorola execs stated that they don’t make telephones, they make wearable computers.
Minsky – Brains are full of gadgets. Emotions are specific sub-systems and are probably simpler than reasoning. We may have been going at things backwards by focusing on reasoning before emoting. We’ve done so because of cultural bias against emotion, except, of course, for love.
Pentland – Biological integration is probably inevitable, because of speed.
Minsky – One of his student has a project called “OpenMind”.