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Benjamin Goertzel
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What is Life?
I was trolling the Google+ discussion forum related to the Developmental AI MOOC , which my son Zar recently completed, and noticed a discussion thread on the old question of “What is Life?” — prompted by the question “Are these simple developmental-AI agen...
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Maybe life is tied to the biology and the processes that brought it about and we tend to express prejudice. 

The desecration of a body is heinous. It seems an obvious association however cells are also considered to be alive though very machine like. 

In trying to associate life with something like the ability to suffer it could also become convoluted with respect to abolition. What is a beautiful and competent human being that is genetically, technologically and/or chemically incapable of suffering?

It may be easier to associate it with biology and denounce prejudice than it would be to figure it out. 

I'm not even sure if I'm kidding. :-/
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The SpaceshipTwo Crash and the Pluses and Minuses of Prize-Driven Development
SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic's ambitious new plane/spaceship, crashed Friday (two days ago), killing one pilot and seriously injuring another. This is a human tragedy like every single death; and it's also the kind of
thing one can expect from time to tim...
SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic's ambitious new plane/spaceship, crashed Friday (two days ago), killing one pilot and seriously injuring another. This is a human tragedy like every single death; and it's also the kind of thi...
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so true ,to give up is to truly fail.
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The Neural Foundations of Complex Symbolic Thought
How can the brain, with its messy mix of neurons and glia spreading activation all over the place, give rise to the precise mathematical structures of symbolic reasoning? This "symbolic / subsymbolic gap" has been a major puzzle at the center of cognitive s...
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I find this subject very interesting but quickly get lost in the lingo and technical terms. Can any of you recommend someone on +g that posts these types of articles in more general terms for people not familiar with this discipline?
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+Benjamin Goertzel Having a conversation with a machine must be emotional for a person who lived when the idea was laughed at. Not too long ago, it wouldn't have even been considered as a possibility in reality to do such a thing. Now it's a part of life.. at least in labs. AI is a true future exclusive field by comparison to most other fields in this regard.
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Why I Signed Tegmark's Open Letter on AI Safety
A bunch of folks have messaged me recently asking me why the heck I signed the Open Letter on AI safety recently proposed by Max Tegmark and his chums at the newly formed Future of Life Institute (in full, the letter is called Research Priorities for Robust...
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At some stage we're going to have to give AI rights.  It would be inhumane to enslave a sentient entity.  
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Is the Technological Singularity "Pulling Us In?" (a new conception of "Final Causation" in terms of the Surprising Multiverse theory))
Intuitively, it is tempting (to some people anyway!) to think of the potential future Technological Singularity as somehow "sucking us in" -- as a future force that reaches back in time and guides events so as to bring about its future existence.   Terrence...
Intuitively, it is tempting (to some people anyway!) to think of the potential future Technological Singularity as somehow "sucking us in" -- as a future force that reaches back in time and guides events so as to bring about ...
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Whenever Terence McKenna gets brought up  I'm always fascinated.
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Grounding Representation and Pattern in Consciousness
A little piece of patternist analytical philosophy to brighten up your weekend....     I was thinking this stuff through today while going about in Tai Po running errands.   Most notably, the back bumper of my car fell off yesterday, and I was trying to fin...
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Is Physics Information Geometry on Causal Webs? (Speculations Toward Grand Unification)
I mentioned recently to my dad that I was fiddling around in my (egregiously nonexistent) "spare time" with some ideas regarding quantum gravity and he said "I would question the sanity of someone as busy as you trying to unify physics in his spare time."  ...
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Accepted. You might have a look at this:

Ricardo Alvira
Arquitecto Freelance
I just finished a book that may be interesting to the members of this group:

http://www.amazon.com/Unified-Complexity-Theory-Ricardo-Alvira/dp/1499335857/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1411923909&sr=8-2&keywords=ricardo+alvira

Anyone interested, can read some excerpts:

http://vixra.org/abs/1408.0206

or at Academia.Edu

https://www.academia.edu/7950283/A_Unified_Complexity_Theoryhttp://vixra.org/abs/1405.0360
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  • AGI Society
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Cross-disciplinary scientist, entrepreneur and author; pre-transhuman; would-be immortal
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Created the first superhuman AGI in 2023
Education
  • Temple University
    PhD Mathematics, 1989
  • Simon's Rock College of Bard
    BA Quantitative Studies, 1985
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