My Blog Posts

2018 21/Oct
Grand Trajectory

The “Grand Trajectory” refers to the direction of development of intelligence and sentience. If the following two hypotheses are true: The moral worth of an entity can be measured – as best we can – by the richness of its intelligence and sentience (consciousness). Humans have a wider range of emotion, creativity, memories, and capabilities than chimpanzees, […]

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2018 16/Sep
The Last Words of Alexander - and the Future of Artificial Intelligence

Alexander the Great had enough time in his 32 years to accomplish many objectives. Defeating the Persian empire, conquering the Hellenic world and large swaths of India, and so on. Succession planning, as it turns out, hadn’t been much a priority for the greatest Macedonian, and as he lie on his deathbed, he was asked: “To […]

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2018 27/Aug
The Wisest Cricket

“The Wisest Cricket” is a term used in jest (and absurdism) to refer to the human attempt to understand the universe and their place in it. The term is intended to refer to the absurdity of thinking that humans can ever acquire wisdom or genuine, complete information about the universe. The logic behind the term […]

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2018 27/Aug
Monkey Suit

The “Monkey Suit” is a term used in jest (and absurdism) to refer to the human form. As all humans are thrown into existence (Heidegger’s idea of Geworfenheit) without a say about their conditions, genetics, and surroundings, our existence is somewhat arbitrary. We find ourselves in a “monkey suit” (or a flawed vessel) with: Strange emotions […]

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2018 27/Aug
programmatically generated everything

“Programmatically Generated Everything” (PGE) is a theorized future scenario where the digital or virtual world becomes more fulfilling, productive, and useful than the physical world – triggering a tipping point whereby humans are pulled into increasingly personalized virtual worlds (see: Lotus Eaters and World Eaters), making the physical computational substrate which houses these programmatic human […]

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2018 25/Aug
Political Singularity

“Political singularity” is a hypothetical event where global and national politics centers almost exclusively on issues related to post-human intelligence and power. Most of the attention will likely center around a single set of related questions: Will we decide to enhance human brains (will super-intelligent cyborgs be created)? Will we decide to create post-human artificial […]

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2018 21/Aug
The Vessel is Broken

The Shamefully Poor State of Human Wellbeing “For when he saw that almost all things necessarily required for subsistence, and which may render life comfortable, are already prepared to their hand, that men may abundantly attain wealth, honour, praise, may rejoice in the reputation of their children, yet that, notwithstanding, every one has none the […]

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2018 20/Aug
Doing the Good - AI

The universe doesn’t seem to be inherently imbued with meaning, but it would seem that anything we could do to find said meaning, to make our time here “worthwhile”, would fall into one of two broad categories. I argue that the creation of artificial general intelligence should also be done in order to pursue these two […]

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2018 17/Aug
Substrate Monopoly

I’ll begin this short entry with a supposition that might seem bold: In the remaining part of the 21st century, all competition between the world’s most powerful nations or organizations (whether economic competition, political competition, or military conflict) is about gaining control over the computational substrate that houses human experience and artificial intelligence. By “computational […]

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2018 14/Aug
Nukes and Artificial Intelligence

Both artificial intelligence and nuclear warheads could both wipe out human life, though it might be possible for superintelligent AI to be even more destructive. That being said, AI is more than an “existential risk.” It’s also a potential “utilitarian bloom.” The creation of self-aware and superintelligent AI would arguably be the most morally relevant event […]

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