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On May 24, Mitsubishi engineers announced that an intelligent robot they created solved the famous Rubik's Cube in just 0.3 seconds. It is worth mentioning that in 2016 the fastest time for a robot to solve the Rubik's cube was one minute, compared to 1:04 minutes in 2009.

Among humans, the best …

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Our foolish abuse of new technologies threatens our very future

We live in a time of so much scientific and technological advance that we can now (almost) detect megastructures of extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy and that we can now (without the “almost”) digitally duplicate any person, living or dead, and interact with that person. But so much techn…

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Do we sleep and dream to prepare for the future? It looks like it is

A new study published in the prestigious journal Nature on May 1 indicates that, during the first half of sleep, the brain “reboots” neuronal connections apparently with the purpose of preparing for the future or, more specifically, to be ready for learn what needs to be learned in the near future.…

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Ignorance and pride prevent us from seeing the signs that the future sends us

Recently I witnessed (from a distance) an accident on a busy street north of the city where I live. It turns out that one lane was closed for construction, with signs, flashing arrows, and orange cones warning of this situation. But a driver ignored all these signs and, after suddenly braking, colli…

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It seems that in a short time AI will be able to think for itself. When will we humans think?

In a recent article (April 11, 2024), Joelle Pineau, the vice president of artificial intelligence (AI) research at Meta, stated that “we are working hard to find a way for (AI) to not only talk, but I can really reason, plan and remember.”

In fact, according to that same article, Meta and Op…

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What will emerge once all the new technologies now scattered are merged?

A few decades ago, looking at the telephone of that time, and then at the radio, the television, the camera, the video recorder, the maps, the flashlight, and many other artifacts I could never, not even in a moment of high imagination, anticipate that some One day all these devices would be merged …

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Closing ourselves to the present means excluding ourselves from the new future

I recently witnessed a situation in a local supermarket that exemplifies that mental, emotional, and psychological closure that, by keeping us locked in the present, prevents us from seeing the new future and, therefore, connecting with that future. That is, we consciously or not exclude ourselves f…

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How can you think and act when science fiction becomes reality?

As a child, I liked to watch Star Trek, the landmark science fiction series that still continues to impact current culture and serves as inspiration for technological creations. However, I never anticipated, neither at that time nor in the near past, that Star Trek, far from being mere entertainment…

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A very dangerous limiting narrative: the techno-determinist narrative

Searching for recent news related to the future, I came across the article “How Much of Our Humanity Are We Willing to Outsource to AI?” by Sage Cammers-Goodwin and Rosalie Waelen, (The Nation, March 27, 2024), where the authors question the passive acceptance of artificial intelligence (AI) and adv…

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Will we survive the threshold of 2030? Maybe yes, but we must prepare

For some reason, 2030 is presented as an interesting year in the history of humanity, a pivotal moment in which, apparently, we will cross a threshold into a new reality for which we are not prepared and which we can barely describe. And this is neither speculation nor science fiction, but just payi…

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Will we leave our decisions and our future in the hands of “silicon sages”?

The rapid advance of artificial intelligence (created by us, it is worth remembering), added to the constant evidence of our inability to live in harmony with the planet and with others, have motivated a growing number of people to insist that AI must make important decisions about our future and pe…

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Little has changed in our society in the last two and a half millennia

I recently read that in our society “everything is lost” because “bad people serve as a good example and good people serve as mockery.” That complaint sought to reflect the “disintegration of the fundamental pillars” of current society, and, more specifically, the great “ethical challenges” facing t…

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Reality not only does not kill the narratives, but it does not even make a dent in them

The saying that “reality kills narratives” is repeated with some frequency, seeking to express that there are certain irrefutable facts or data that, when presented or when we become aware of them, nullify unfounded or unverifiable stories about reality. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

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When talking about serious topics, humor yes, giggles no

I recently participated in a meeting of community leaders, businessmen and students convened by the organizers to talk about a topic of undeniable importance: the great challenges facing humanity in this historic moment of transition to a new era. To my amazement (and annoyance), the conversation wa…

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We live in such a confusing time that it is difficult for us to even live

I recently read an article on a well-known international news site that said that we live in a time probably without historical precedent in which rules, laws and agreements are no longer respected and in which everything is insatiably focused on achieving more money, more attention, more likes as t…

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We should not confuse knowing our problems with knowing our life.

Recently, after a community presentation, a person came up to me and said, “I thought I knew my life, but in reality, I only knew my problems.” My unexpected interlocutor offered a short thank you and promptly left, leaving me with the feeling that her brief statement expressed and at the same time …

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We live in the world upside down and we have the evidence to prove it

I recently read a news story about a high school principal somewhere in the United States who went to buy a cup of coffee and, when paying, handed over 75 cents instead of paying a dollar. Instead of alerting the educator about the missing 25 cents, the store employee called the police and filed a t…

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We have forgotten about the future because the past saturates our entire present

There is little doubt that we live immersed in an era in which past exercise has provided omnipresent control in our lives. That control is so strong that many (including influential and controversial politicians) seek to return to the past or, at least, try to relive it.

In this context, the dis…

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We are increasingly separated from the source of knowledge and wisdom

I recently had the unexpected opportunity to briefly participate in an introductory philosophy class at a tertiary institution in the city where I live. Since I consider myself a philosopher (both in the academic and existential sense of that word), I accepted the invitation. The class was enlighten…

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Our loneliness is so deep we now seek companionship among robots and AI

So-called “social networks” were supposed to bring us closer to each other, breaking down the barriers of time and space so we could communicate almost instantly with almost anyone. But the only result was to separate us even more and offer us pseudo “friends”, superficial videos, and dialogues only…

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