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

Vulnerable World Hypothesis

Vulnerable World Hypothesis

Nick Bostrom’s “Vulnerable World Hypothesis” (VWH) explores the idea that technological development could expose vulnerabilities, making it extraordinarily easy for individuals or small groups to cause widespread harm. The hypothesis presents various scenarios, categorized into different “balls” from a hypothetical “urn of invention“, symbolizing different types of technological developments: Bostrom suggests that as humanity pulls…

Leslie Allan: The Theory-Ladenness of Observation

Leslie Allan: The Theory-Ladenness of Observation

Our scientific observations are not pristine windows to reality; they are tinted by the theoretical frameworks and conceptual schemes that scaffold our interpretations, often smuggling in with them implicit assumptions of the very thesis they’re meant to support. We don’t simply absorb the world as it is; rather, we interpret it through the filter of…

Stuart Armstrong on AI Interpretability, Accidental Misalignment & Risks of Opaque AI
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Stuart Armstrong on AI Interpretability, Accidental Misalignment & Risks of Opaque AI

Interview with Stuart Armstrong (Aligned AI) Video / Audio of interview will be up soon To watch interview live, join the zoom call: Time: Nov 9, 2022 07:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, SydneyJoin Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/81320547208?pwd=MGFnZ2RGcFl5cW9aZ1BaUm5qcnh1UT09Meeting ID: 813 2054 7208Passcode: scifuture Auditing and interpreting AI (and their models) seems obviously important to achieve verifiably safe AI (by…

Are we fit for the future?
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Are we fit for the future?

Panelists: James Hughes, PJ Manney (both at IEET), and Pramod Nayar (Hyderabad Uni) discuss humanities fitness for the future – covering important points including: Are we morally equipped to deal with humanities grand challenges? If the majority population of a democratic state were morally deficient, would it be okay to morally enhance the population, or…

Stepping Into the Future – April 23rd-24th, 2022

Stepping Into the Future – April 23rd-24th, 2022

What will the future look like? See complete info here We are excited to announce that we have a great line up of topics and speakers this year! When? April 23rd – 24th, 2022. More details to come. Speakers/panelists confirmed: Anders Sandberg (Future of Humanity Institute) Andres E. Gomez (Qualia Research Institute), Ben Goertzel (OpenCog)…

Artificial Intelligence – Will it be Smarter than You in Your Lifetime?

Artificial Intelligence – Will it be Smarter than You in Your Lifetime?

Adam Ford argues for the position that Artificial Intelligence Will Be Smarter Than Humans in the lifetime of a young adult (sometime before the end of this century). This was one side of a debate put on my Melbourne University for a philosophy course. Adam discusses reasons why AI becoming smarter than human level intelligence…

The Biohappiness Revolution – David Pearce

The Biohappiness Revolution – David Pearce

Philosopher David Pearce discusses the Biohappiness Revolution, and his forthcoming book. What is health? According to WHO: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Further on the rights to health: “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of…