Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Coming Singularity

My dear husband recently forwarded an Article from Time magazine on Ray Kurzweil and The Coming Singularity (http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2048138,00.html?xid=rss-mostpopular). Talk about some seriously mind-blowing stuff!! I'm not sure how much of it I believe, but Kurzweil is one seriously smart dude and if he and big-brains like him truly think that the coming Artificial Intelligence Boom will change mankind forever, then I guess it's time to re-watch I, Robot and prepare for the massively awesome technological explosion that said big-brains believe will change life forever in this little rock called Earth. 

In 1965, at 16 years old, Ray Kerzweil appeared on the television show I've Got A Secret, where he played a piano piece written by a computer he designed and built. check it out here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4Neivqp2K4on YouTube.WOW in and of itself. 
A that Young Kurzweil could build the computer at all, and 
B that in 1965, 1965!!, a computer wrote NEW original compositions of music- 
AND it wasn't crap either!

Since that time, Kurzweil has written several bestselling books on The Coming Singularity including The Singularity Is Near - available in print and Kindle format.

Frankly, I have little doubt that computers will transcend human intelligence, but I had always assumed that this would happen FAR FAR FAR after I pass from this mortal coil. Kurzweil and the other Big Brains seem to think however that the Singularity is imminent... by 2045... I may very well live to see the day that humans inject their consciences into computers, androids, whatever-the-hell they will be called. And they will! If the technology exists, many many "mere humans" will be quick to shed their mortal bodies for the cold indifferent immortal "flesh" of machine. NOT I! And oh how I hope not any of mine. I sometimes wish I were smarter more intelligent, better able to clearly speak what goes on in the echoing canyon of my skull... maybe then I could convey how very much the thought of the human race consigned to immortality is a frightening prospect.

OK I'm done... read the Time Article... it's fascinatingly frightful. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Fox Enclosure GROWS

Wonderful EXCITING news!! 
The Fox Enclosure has GROWN!! 

 Tiny baby Kit Fox was born

 to Proud Parents 


and Kitsune 


and Big Brother Red Fox 

on February 10, 2011 at 12:05 AM!!

Tiny Kit Fox weighed in at 6 pounds 9 ounces 
and was 19.75 inches long at birth.
She’s a gorgeous addition 
to our family here at Giggle’s Zoo, 
and Lion and I are SO HAPPY 
to have been named Godparents 
to this tiny little girl! 
Welcome to Giggle’s Zoo 
(and to the wide, wide world) 
Kit Fox!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Getting to Know the Giggles: Koala

           Now that Koala is 2 months old and (as I've already established in previous posts) NOT a newborn anymore, it is time to Get To Know Koala on Giggle's Zoo :)
         Koala is a sweet darling baby... she's incredibly easy (SO easy, in fact, I wonder what's in store for me in the future... is she God's Butter-Me-Up-Gift to compensate for the next child?!). LOL Koala is happy almost all of the time, she rarely cries, and when she does she's fairly easy to console. 
         She sleeps through the night already!! Well, most of the time anyway :) The only thing I can find to complain about is that sometimes - maybe once a week - she decides she DOESN'T want to keep her self-appointed schedule of going to sleep at 9:30 (then sleeping soundly until I get her up at 7:00 to get kids ready for school)... SOMETIMES she decides she wants to chat -- cooing and "talking" until 11 or 12... or just 2 nights ago, till 1am! But even THEN  she's not crying or even complaining... she's just not ready to sleep. If I get up, grab my Kindle, and go read in a dark room with only my phone for light, she drifts right off... Darling Little Bird will then sleep till 9 if I can let her.
          Koala is a smiling girl... as I've already shown in previous post last week... And here's another picture, taken on her 2 month birthday:

Isn't she just adorable?! -- OF COURSE she is... why am I asking YOU?! 
         Sweet Little Koala also Giggles!! Only 2 months old! 
Giggling, Happy, Smiling, Darling Baby Koala. 
That about covers it ;-)