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The Council of the Apes

The Council of the Apes

The year is 20,000,000 BC. In a jungle somewhere in Pangaea, a green clearing on the side of a great sloping mountain is made entirely brown. Not by mud or dirt, but by the presence of thousands of apes. Some small, some large. Some with long legs, some with stocky,...

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Negative Utilitarianism Won’t Take Us Where We Need to Go

Negative Utilitarianism Won’t Take Us Where We Need to Go

What matters more, happiness, or suffering? For almost all of us - utilitarians or not - both positive and negative qualia matter, and register when we make decisions about our own lives or decisions that might affect the lives of others. Negative utilitarianism (NU),...

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The “Good Monster” – The Entity We Might Have to Build

The “Good Monster” – The Entity We Might Have to Build

Defining the Term A utility-monster is Rober Nozak's thought experiment about an entity who could be so happy as to outshine all possible happiness of all possible humans, and humans (by utilitarian logic) would be obligated to serve this monster - and even "bow out"...

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How to Optimize the Universe

How to Optimize the Universe

This past week I posted the following on Facebook, in reference to my article Where Should Humanity Steer Sentience?: If utilitronium (a conscious, super-blissful substrate) could simultaneously explore future kinds of "the good" (beyond utilitarianism), and...

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There is No Love After the Singularity

There is No Love After the Singularity

I have heard it argued that post-human intelligence will be "loving", or will inevitably express love to other intelligences - humans an animals included. In this essay, I aim to lay out an argument for why the singularity or post-human transition will almost...

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As Much as Humanity Can Hope for in the Long Term

As Much as Humanity Can Hope for in the Long Term

As human beings we are propelled by our varied hopes, our lives are in many ways driven by them. On the day-to-day, we hope to make the sale, to avoid traffic, to feel better after a good night's sleep. In the context of our lifetime, we hope to finish our book, sell...

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