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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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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” 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. By long-term, I could mean 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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2018 28/May
Brain-Machine Interface

Human nature has always been to gain control over the physical world — both in maximizing its output for our benefit (farming, mining, etc), and in lessening the risks it poses to human life and wellbeing (medicine, construction, etc). This same drive for control compels us to manipulate the virtual world, with the emergence of […]

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