Welcome to the Humanity Beacon Project!
HUMANITY AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
With the quickening of advancements in Artificial Intelligence we are on the verge of truly transformative changes in technology across a broad spectrum of industries. This progress will impact how we evolve as individuals and together as a society. Now is the time for us to contemplate where this evolution will lead us. There are many truly beautiful possibilities, but many nightmares as well. The Humanity Beacon Project encourages everyone to educate themselves in evolving technologies so that they may appreciate and participate in what has already become the “Game of the Millennium”. On these pages you will find essays and discussions on various aspects of the field of Artificial Intelligence, a list of links to research, organizations and opinions representing a variety of perspectives, and a gallery containing some of the images used throughout this website. And don’t miss our Humanity Beacon Project store where you can buy T-shirts, coffee mugs and other merchandise.
WHAT IS THE HUMANITY BEACON?
The evolution of Humanity into a permanent component of the cosmos is an uncertain journey that may likely never be completed. Fortunately, technology is rapidly progressing to a point where it may be possible to establish a record of our existence and accomplishments, and our failures, that could last millions, or possibly billions, of years into the future in anticipation of other intelligence in the universe eventually learning of our existence and benefiting from our legacy.
What is the beacon envisaged by the Humanity Beacon Project? Is it a physical device meant to be shot out into the cosmos like the golden record NASA sent with the Voyager spacecraft? Is it a code to be embedded indelibly deep within the consciousness of some future artificial intelligence? Perhaps we should be asking what will the message be. Will it contain a repository of knowledge and a plea to find us, or perhaps avoid us? Will it be an epitaph for humanity, a cosmic warning to not make the same mistakes we may make. Will it be a sad reminder of humanities egocentric belief that our existence would matter to some future alien or artificial intelligence that might discover our beacon? Realistically, we cannot predict what future technologies may be available to create and preserve this message and under what circumstances it will be decided upon and constructed. What we can do is start the dialogue today and include people from all walks of life, not just the scientific elite. Hopefully through this discussion we will see the importance of owning our future and working together to make our species a valuable contributor to the cosmos and not waste the gift of our likely temporary existence.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
After you have had a chance to look through the pages here at the Humanity Beacon Project, please leave your own thoughts, serious or whimsical, in text, picture, voice or video on our Beacon Messages page. You are also welcome to add your thoughts on any of our moderated discussion topics by adding a comment. Please remember to Tweet and Like anything that you would like to pass on to your social media networks. If you would like to start a new discussion thread by submitting your own essay, please use our Contact Form to submit a short proposal. Finally, if you are inspired to become directly involved with the Humanity Beacon Project, please take a look at our Volunteer Opportunities and get in touch with us!
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