Joscha Bach – GPT-3: Is AI Deepfaking Understanding?

Joscha Bach on GPT-3, achieving AGI, machine understanding and lots more! Discussion points: 02:40 What's missing in AI atm? Unified ...
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Exciting progress in Artificial Intelligence – Joscha Bach

Joscha Bach discusses progress made in AI so far, what's missing in AI, and the conceptual progress needed to achieve ...
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Ethical Progress, AI & the Ultimate Utility Function – Joscha Bach

Joscha Bach on ethical progress, and AI - it's fascinating to think 'What's the ultimate utility function?' - should we seek ...
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The Grand Challenge of Developing Friendly Artificial Intelligence – Joscha Bach

Joscha Bach discusses problems with achieving AI alignment, the current discourse around AI, and inefficiencies of human cognition & communication ...
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Cognitive Biases & In-Group Convergences – Joscha Bach

Joscha Bach discusses biases in group think. Discussion points: - In-group convergence: thinking in true & false vs right & ...
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AI, Consciousness, Science, Art & Understanding – Joscha Bach

Here Joscha Bach discusses consciousness, it's relationship to qualia and whether an AI or a utility maximizer would do with ...
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Professor Peter Doherty – COVID19 Pandemic: Research & Action

Fascinating interview with Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty on the COVID-19 pandemic, the nature of COVID-19, where it came from, ...
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Gero, Singapore AI startup bags $2.2m to create a drug that helps extend human life

Congrats to Gero for the $2.2m of funding to create a drug that helps extend human life! I did two ...
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Posthumanism – Pramod Nayar

Interview with Pramod K. Nayar on #posthumanism 'as both a material condition and a developing philosophical-ethical project in the age ...
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How science fails

There is a really interesting Aeon article on what bad science, and how it fails. What is Bad Science? According ...
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The Problem of Feral Cats

Feral cats kill about 1 million native animals per day in ecosystems which didn't evolve to cope with cats.  How ...
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John Wilkins – Comprehension and Compression

"In short, data is not knowledge; knowledge is not comprehension; comprehension is not wisdom" The standard account of understanding has ...
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The Age of A.I. – empowering narratives or accurate forecasts?

An interesting new series 'The Age of A.I.' narrated by Robert Downey Jr. - this first episode looks at how ...
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Anders Sandberg – Freeman Dyson, Galactic Megastructures, Physical Eschatology & the Fermi Paradox

Many of you know the sad news that theoretical physicist & mathematician Freeman Dyson has passed away, so in celebration ...
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Event: Responding to the Replication Crisis & Achieving Public Trust in Science – Martin Bush

What is the replication crisis in science? What does it mean for public trust in science? Martin Bush will discuss ...
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Conference: AI & Human Enhancement – Understanding the Future – Early 2020

Introduction Overview The event will address a variety of topics futurology (i.e. accelerating change & long term futures, existential risk, ...
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Philosophy of Science

a branch of philosophy concerned with the foundations, methods, and implications of science. The central questions concern what counts as science, the reliability of scientific theories, and the purpose of science. This discipline overlaps with metaphysics, ontology and epistemology, for example, when it explores the relationship between science and truth.

Epistemology

questions what knowledge is and how it can be acquired, and the extent to which knowledge pertinent to any given subject or entity can be acquired. Much of the debate in this field has focused on the philosophical analysis of the nature of knowledge and how it relates to connected notions such as truth, belief, and justification.

Unprecedented Technological Growth

Over the last few decades we have seen unprecedented technological change.   Our ability to visualize impacts of technological convergence in the short, medium and long term is detrimental to our survival.  With informed estimates of possible futures, we can hope to achieve clearer visions for a better future, let’s leverage growth in powerful new technologies  to solve global problems.

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