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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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“AI for Good” as AI Power and Nothing Else

“AI for Good” as AI Power and Nothing Else

Once the grand vision of artificial general intelligence (or the general importance of AI Power in the years ahead) is seen or, there are only two main responses from extremely ambitious persons: . Response 1: Build Power Quietly  "I will pursue technological...

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