My Blog Posts

2018 26/Jul
Is AI Safety Research a Waste of Time?

Many months ago, Peter Voss came through San Francisco and we sat down for a coffee at my favorite place in Hayes Valley, Arlequin. We chatted a bit of business first. Peter runs Aigo.ai, and his work on natural language is a lot of fun to discuss. Similarly, we chatted a bit about Emerj, our […]

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2018 21/Jul
Does it Matter if Future AI is Conscious?

I spoke recently at a United Nations and INTERPOL event in Singapore, on the topic of artificial intelligence use-cases in law enforcement. One of the only other Americans at the event – and a fellow speaker – was Thomas Campbell. Thomas spent many years in high-level government tech roles, and from 2015 to 2017 he […]

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2018 15/Jul
Digitized and Digested

“Digitized and Digested” is the future scenario which I consider to be a likely long-term future for humanity, should we survive the initial growing pains of the singularity. “Long-term” here could imply 200 or 10,000 years – though the real timeframe is likely to lie somewhere in between. The scenario is as follows: DIGITIZED: At […]

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2018 15/Jul
Will More Intelligent Machines be More Moral?

Many months ago, Peter Voss (who we’ve interviewed previously on the TechEmergence podcast) came through San Francisco and we sat down for a coffee at my favorite place in Hayes Valley, Arlequin Cafe. We chatted a bit of business first. Peter runs Aigo.ai, and his work on natural language and AI is a lot of […]

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2018 15/Jul

The “moral singularity” refers to how morality (a particular system of values and principles of conduct) will evolve radically once (a) human intelligence and cognition is enhanced, and (b) artificial general intelligence (AGI) enters the world.  It is my belief that a moral singularity will not result in a single, core set of values and […]

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