AI: Unlocking the Post-Human – David Pearce & James Hughes
| | | |

AI: Unlocking the Post-Human – David Pearce & James Hughes

A discussion between David Pearce and James Hughes moderated by Adam Ford exploring the ethical and philosophical landscapes of AI, human enhancement and the future of emerging technologies affording higher states of well-being. Pearce and Hughes discuss the implications of transforming human experience via leveraging biotech and cybernetics, as well as requirements for AI to…

Can philosophical zombies do philosophy?
| |

Can philosophical zombies do philosophy?

Can philosophical zombies be philosophical? Preamble There are various takes on what a p-zombie is, most of which were attempts to dethrone physicalism – this article isn’t one of those. This kind of p-zombie is different from what David Chalmers describes in The Consciousness Mind. In Chalmers view, p-zombies are physiologically identical to humans, even…

J. Dmitri Gallow – AI Interpretability, Orthogonality, Instrumental Convergence & Divergence
| |

J. Dmitri Gallow – AI Interpretability, Orthogonality, Instrumental Convergence & Divergence

J. Dmitri Gallow discusses the principles of instrumental convergence and divergence in AI. The orthogonality thesis, which states intelligence and desire are independent, and the instrumental convergence thesis, which suggests intelligent beings will have similar instrumental desires, are critical concepts. Gallow’s argument focuses on the instrumental divergence, which emerges from the complexity and unpredictability of AI’s actions based on its desires.

David Pearce – Effective Altruism – Phasing Out Suffering
| | | |

David Pearce – Effective Altruism – Phasing Out Suffering

This interview was conducted in 2012 in San Francisco. In the future may will see it is not ethically responsible to play genetic roulette and instead take the decision to have happy, healthy, pro-social offspring. 0:00 Introduction0:36 Alleviating Suffering 7:00 Justified Suffering? 13:12 Buddhism 14:42 The World Transhumanist Association 22:35 Recalibration of Society or Biology?…

Effective Policy Advocacy – Interview with Greg Sadler
| | |

Effective Policy Advocacy – Interview with Greg Sadler

Greg Sadler, the CEO of Good Ancestors Policy, is working to help members of communities in Australia advocate for the positions that they think are important and the policies that they value the most. Greg has over 10 years’ experience in the Australian Public Service, including at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,…

Digital Twins in Healthcare and as Cyber Butlers
| | | |

Digital Twins in Healthcare and as Cyber Butlers

The concept of digital twins combined with engineering simulation is an exciting framework for professionals working to improve medical devices in biomedicine. A digital twin acts as a virtual representation or digital replica of a physical object, system, processes which can include parts of the human body. Digital twins can be applied to medical devices…

The AI Safety Dynamic – Dr Simon Goldstein
| | |

The AI Safety Dynamic – Dr Simon Goldstein

Dr Simon Goldstein is an associate professor at the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy at ACU. In 2023, he is a research fellow at the Center for AI Safety. Simon’s research focuses on AI safety, epistemology, and philosophy of language. Before ACU, Simon was an assistant professor at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. Simon received my…

The Unfolding Mysteries of the Cosmos: A Reflection on Seneca’s Vision
|

The Unfolding Mysteries of the Cosmos: A Reflection on Seneca’s Vision

The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden. A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject… And so this knowledge will be unfolded only through long successive ages. There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them… Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come, when memory of us will have been effaced.