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ISS007-E-10807 (21 July 2003) --- This view of Earth's horizon as the sunsets over the Pacific Ocean was taken by an Expedition 7 crewmember onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Anvil tops of thunderclouds are also visible. Credit: Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

Image Credit: ISS007-E-10807 (21 July 2003) – Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

Speaker: Jamais Cascio


Jamais Cascio is a writer and speaker, cofounded, and has served as a futurist for several organizations. He introduced the concept of the Metaverse, as it might relate to the Technological Singularity. The Metaverse includes ideas like virtual worlds, mirror worlds, augmented reality, and lifelogging. Each one offers glimpes of how the Singularity might emerge, as well as a testing ground for technologies that may lead to the Singularity.

Cascio also explored the dangers of intelligent agents in the Metaverse. Because software is a human creation, it will no doubt be buggy and coded depending on the choices, biases, and desires of human programmers. Cascio suggested a possible solution: an open access Singularity, one where openness, transparency, and democracy ensure the global inclusion of interests.

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