Synthetic Minds: Immortality, Inc and Other Synthetic Snippets

Dr Mark van Rijmenam, CSP
6 min readJan 19, 2024

Synthetic Minds, formerly known as the f(x)=e^x, serves as a mirror to the multifaceted, synthetic elements that are beginning to weave into the fabric of our society. The name acknowledges the blend of artificial and human intelligence that will shape our collective future, posing incredible opportunities and ethical dilemmas.

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2024’s tech trends are so advanced that my digital twin is attending the World Economic Forum for me — he’s better at spotting deepfakes and doesn’t mind the quantum leap in travel time!

Top Ten Technology Trends for 2024 — Presentation

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Welcome to a captivating journey into the future! Last week, I shared my top ten technology trends for 2024, and I have now published an insightful presentation discussing how these trends transform our world from the realms of science fiction into science reality.

As we stand on the threshold of groundbreaking advancements, I discuss a series of profound technological shifts. From the integration of humanoids and multimodal language models, signalling a new dawn in human-machine interaction, to the transformative impact of the enterprise metaverse and decentralised computing, each trend is a beacon of the rapid evolution unfolding in our digital landscape.

This presentation is not just a glimpse into the future; it’s a deep dive into the implications and possibilities of technologies like quantum computing, synthetic biology, and AI in military applications. It sheds light on their challenges and opportunities, underscoring the need for ethical considerations and responsible innovation.

Discover how businesses and individuals can adapt to stay competitive and relevant in this rapidly evolving tech era. Enjoy the presentation of my technology forecast for 2024!

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Synthetic Snippets: Quick Bytes for Your Synthetic Mind

Quick, curated insights to feed your quest for a better understanding of our evolving synthetic future. The below are a small selection of my daily updates that I share via The Digital Speaker app. Download and subscribe today to receive real-time updates. Use the coupon code SynMinds24 to receive your first month for free.

1. Deepfake Dilemma: The AI Election Meddling Threat

Deepfake videos featuring UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak are used in advertising on Facebook, signalling a potential threat to electoral integrity. This incident underscores the urgent need for robust measures to identify and mitigate the risks of AI-manipulated media in political arenas.

It’s a wake-up call for policymakers and technology platforms to collaborate and establish safeguards, ensuring that the democratic process remains untainted by the deceptive potential of AI technology. How will deepfakes affect this year full of elections? (The Guardian)

2. Immortality, Inc.: The Elixir of Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley’s quest for longevity has become a blend of science and almost mythical ambition, attracting luminaries like Jeff Bezos and Larry Page. This pursuit, fueled by immense wealth and techno-optimism, spans from practical biotechnological research to radical ideas like consciousness digitization.

The scene is a mosaic of diverse groups: pragmatists focusing on extending ‘health span’, wellness enthusiasts experimenting with cutting-edge therapies, and radicals challenging the inevitability of death.

This endeavour highlights a unique intersection of technology, human aspiration, and philosophical debate, but it also raises important questions about the implications of radically extended lifespans and how this will change society. Would you want to live until 150? (Bloomberg $)

3. Quantum Leap: Stable Qubits at Room Temperature

A groundbreaking advancement in quantum computing has been achieved with the development of the first stable qubits at room temperature. This leap forward brings quantum computing closer to practical use, as previous qubits required extremely cold temperatures to function.

This innovation could revolutionize computing, offering faster processing speeds and enhanced security. It marks a significant milestone in quantum technology, potentially paving the way for more accessible and energy-efficient quantum computers. How will quantum computers operating at room temperature enable us to solve some of the world’s biggest questions? (Interesting Engineering)

4. Navigating the AI Maze: China’s 2024 Regulatory Blueprint

China’s AI landscape is experiencing a regulatory metamorphosis in 2024, mirroring the global urgency to govern AI’s rapid evolution. China is focusing on four critical areas in AI regulation: the drafting of a comprehensive AI law, a ‘negative list’ guiding AI companies on forbidden areas, third-party evaluations of AI models, and a lenient approach to AI-related copyright issues.

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These steps reflect a strategic balance between fostering AI innovation and ensuring safety and ethical compliance. The impending AI law, while comprehensive, faces challenges in its scope and practicality, highlighting the intricacy of regulating a technology that defies simple categorization.

The ‘negative list’ offers clarity to AI companies, but its impact on innovation remains to be seen. Third-party evaluations underscore the importance of objective oversight, and the copyright stance shows China’s prioritization of AI growth over stringent IP enforcement.

This regulatory shift underscores the delicate act of nurturing AI’s potential while safeguarding societal values and norms. Will these regulations serve as a model for other countries, or will they create unique challenges for AI innovation in China? (MIT Technology Review)

5. Geometry Reimagined: AI’s Leap into Logical Reasoning

DeepMind’s AlphaGeometry marks a significant leap in AI’s journey, showcasing its prowess in solving complex geometry problems, a feat akin to the smartest high school mathematicians.

This new AI system merges a language model with a symbolic engine, blending creative thinking with logical reasoning and echoing human problem-solving approaches. It successfully tackled geometry problems from the International Mathematical Olympiad, outperforming its predecessors significantly.

The advancement highlights AI’s growing capability in logical reasoning and underscores the potential for AI to revolutionise fields dependent on geometric problem-solving, from computer vision to theoretical physics.

It’s an exciting glimpse into how AI can deepen our understanding of mathematics, yet it leaves us pondering: What new horizons could AI explore next in human-like problem-solving? (MIT Technology Review)

At the World Economic Forum in Davos this year, there was a lot of talk about the threat that AI and deepfakes will bring to the world.

My digital twin and I discussed these threats and what to do about it in my 2023 TEDx talk.

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Dr Mark van Rijmenam, CSP

Innovation Keynote Speaker (CSP) & Strategic Futurist for Fortune 500 | Talk to my Digital Twin via text, audio or video in 28 languages!