Volvo speeds up driverless car project

Volvo's test of self-driving cars seems to be progressing significantly ahead of schedule.  In a press release last December, the company said that "the project would commence in 2014 with customer research and technology development, [with the first cars] expected to be on the roads in Gothenburg by 2017."  An update just released says that "the first test cars are already rolling around the Swedish city of Gothenburg and the sophisticated Autopilot technology is performing well." Why the rush into self-driving cars, and what will be the consequences – intended and otherwise? One big reason for introducing self-driving cars is...

Terminator or Transcendence?

Yesterday I participated in an online discussion of the movie Transcendence, along with Nikola Danaylov, the "Larry King" of transhumanism, and Stuart Armstrong of the Oxford Institute for the Future of Humanity.  The debate was chaired by David Wood, chair of the London Futurist Group. The video is here: Terminator ot Transcendence?