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…

Can philosophical zombies do philosophy?
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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
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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
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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?…

Exploring the Frontiers of AI with David Quarel: Emerging Capabilities, Interpretability, and Future Impacts
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Exploring the Frontiers of AI with David Quarel: Emerging Capabilities, Interpretability, and Future Impacts

David Quarel, a Ph.D. student at the Australian National University, is deeply involved in the field of AI, specifically focusing on AI safety and reinforcement learning. He works under the guidance of Marcus Hutter and is currently engaged in studying Hutter’s Universal AI model. This model is an ambitious attempt to define intelligence through the…

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

Leslie Allan – Postmodernism & Relativism are Wrong
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Leslie Allan – Postmodernism & Relativism are Wrong

Postmodernism and relativism buckle under their own contradiction: they passionately assert the objective truth that there exists no objective truth. This very paradox embodies a self-negating precept, a construct that dismantles itself from within. They champion the idea of relative truths, yet in this declaration, they inadvertently sculpt an overarching meta-narrative, contradicting the foundational principle…

AI & the Faustian Bargain with Technological Change – A. C. Grayling
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AI & the Faustian Bargain with Technological Change – A. C. Grayling

With AI we have made a ‘Faustian bargain’ – are the risks reason enough to halt technological progress? Professor A. C. Grayling discusses the implications of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and robotics on society, and shares his views on how they will reshape the future. The thing that’s going to change everything is machine learning,…