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The Most Important Questions That AGI Might Help Us Explore

The Most Important Questions That AGI Might Help Us Explore

What matters most? If we have a reasonable chance of building conscious AI and/or post-human intelligence in the next 60 years, it makes sense for us to consider where we’re headed. If we presume we have any control over our fate at all - where will we point the...

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What is the “Meaning” of the Singularity

What is the “Meaning” of the Singularity

What is the "meaning" of the Singularity? If we look forward to the potential trajectories of intelligence and sentience, we wonder: Where is the future taking us? What does the future "want"? Some people have posited theories about the meaning of the Singularity....

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The Grand Trajectory of Intelligence and Sentience

The Grand Trajectory of Intelligence and Sentience

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)....

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The Wisest Cricket

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...

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Monkey Suit

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...

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Programmatically Generated Everything (PGE)

Programmatically Generated Everything (PGE)

"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...

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Political Singularity

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...

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The Vessel is Flawed

The Vessel is Flawed

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...

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