The Red Pill of Machine Learning – Monica Anderson
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The Red Pill of Machine Learning – Monica Anderson

Synopsis: The new cognitive capabilities in our machines were the result of a shift in the way wethink about problem solving. The shift is the most significant change in AI, ever, if not inscience as a whole. Machine Learning based systems are now successfully attackingboth simple and complex problems using these novel Methods. We are…

Open-Ended vs. Closed-Minded Conceptions of Superintelligence
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Open-Ended vs. Closed-Minded Conceptions of Superintelligence

This talk is part of the ‘Stepping Into the Future‘ conference. Abstract: Superintelligence, the next phase beyond today’s narrow AI and tomorrow’s AGI, almost intrinsically evades our attempts at detailed comprehension. Yet very different perspectives on superintelligence exist today and have concrete influence on thinking about matters ranging from AGI architectures to technology regulation.One paradigm…

Posthumanism and its Moral Imperatives – Pramod K. Nayar
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Posthumanism and its Moral Imperatives – Pramod K. Nayar

Synopsis: Octavia Butler’s fiction underscores heightened empathy as a possible feature of the future humans (who may be co-evolved with alien species, in Butler’s imagination). Yet, in Butler’s fiction, the morally enhanced beings ponder over the freedom they now possess. This talk, building on the view that ME requires multiple virtues (James Hughes), examines the linkage…

Joscha Bach – GPT-3: Is AI Deepfaking Understanding?
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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 coherent model of reality 04:14 AI systems like GPT-3 behave as if they understand – what’s missing? 08:35 Symbol grounding – does GPT-3 have it? 09:35 GPT-3 for music generation, GPT-3 for image generation, GPT-3…

Exciting progress in Artificial Intelligence – Joscha Bach
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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 the grand goals of AI. Discussion points: 0:07 What is intelligence? Intelligence as the ability to be effective over a wide range of environments 0:37 Intelligence vs smartness – interesting models vs intelligent behavior 1:08…

Ethical Progress, AI & the Ultimate Utility Function – Joscha Bach
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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 the answer in our evolved motivations? Discussion points: 0:07 Future directions in ethical progress 1:13 Pain and suffering – concern for things we cannot regulate or change 1:50 Reward signals – we should only get…

The Grand Challenge of Developing Friendly Artificial Intelligence – Joscha Bach
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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. Discussion points: 0:08 The AI alignment problem 0:42 Asimov’s Laws: Problems with giving AI (rules) to follow – it’s a form of slavery 1:12 The current discourse around AI 2:52 Ethics – where do they…

Cognitive Biases & In-Group Convergences – Joscha Bach
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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 & wrong – The group mind may be more stupid than the smartest individuals in the group Joscha Bach, Ph.D. is an AI researcher who worked and published about cognitive architectures, mental representation, emotion, social modeling,…

AI, Consciousness, Science, Art & Understanding – Joscha Bach
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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 it. What is consciousness? “I think under certain circumstances being conscious is an important part of a mind; it’s a model of a model of a model basically. What it means is our mind (our…

Professor Peter Doherty – COVID19 Pandemic: Research & Action
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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, it’s similarities to influenza other coronaviruses (i.e. SARS, MERS), how infectivity works, what we as citizens can do to stay safe and help minimise the burden on our health systems, achieving rapid responses to pandemics,…