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Robin Hanson – UFOs what the hell?
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Robin Hanson – UFOs what the hell?

Robin Hanson gives a talk (starting at 5:31) and addresses questions afterwards on building a plausible story (although perhaps unlikely) of UFA/UFO aliens. Yes, the universe looks completely dead; we see no signs of life outside Earth, even though over millions of years advanced aliens could have made some big visible changes. Some possible explanations:…

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 –┬áit’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,…

Gero, Singapore AI startup bags $2.2m to create a drug that helps extend human life
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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 interviews with Gero in 2019 at Undoing Aging – here, with Peter Fedichev on Quantifying Aging in Large Scale Human Studies: And here with Ksenia Tsvetkova on Data Driven Longevity: Doris Yu at Tech In…

Posthumanism – Pramod Nayar
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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 of cloning, gene engineering, organ transplants and implants’. The book ‘Posthumanism’ by Pramod Nayar: https://amzn.to/2OQEA8z Rise of the posthumanities article: https://bit.ly/32Q67Pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDjYjWh6-xo This time, I decided trying to itemize the interview so you can find…