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Benjamin Goertzel
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AI-Based Trading is More Likely to Decrease than Increase Chaos in the Markets
Futurist Thomas Frey has written an article suggesting that AI-based financial trading is a threat and is likely to cause a series of horrible market crashes.... This is a topic I've thought about a bit due to my being co-founder and Chief Scientist of Aidy...
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The AGI could be seen in the nets as "feeding" on low entropy data and creating high entropy data as their excreta. One trouble that I see very often in the popular press, and even some "expert" papers, is a difficulty to express what we would see as evidence for the existence of AGI now. After all, what do bacteria know or think of us?
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Kermit the Frog, Maximum Entropy Production, Etc.
While in Shanghai on a business trip recently, in a restaurant eating some terrifyingly spicy fish hot-pot with a couple of my Aidyia colleagues, I noticed the radio was playing a cover version of a song from the original Muppet Movie, “The Rainbow Connecti...
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Enjoyed your musings here, Ben. Some of the same themes running through my mind for years. Multi-objective optimization, when to go deep/wide, search vs. discovery, efficient exploration of the adjacent possible, … Thanks again for sharing.
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Addis Abba looks seriously cool.
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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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Easy as 1-2-3: Solving the Hard Problem of Consciousness via Brain-Computer Interfacing and Second-Person Science
The so-called “h ard problem of consciousness ” (thus labeled by philosopher David Chalmers) can be rephrased as the problem of connecting FIRST-PERSON and THIRD-PERSON views of consciousness, where the FIRST-PERSON view of consciousness = what it feels lik...
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Hey Ben. Congrats on the AI fund. We should talk, maybe look at an Australian partner. We spoke at the AI dinner, Japanese restaurant a couple years ago if you recall. 
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Paranormal Phenomena, Nonlocal Mind and Reincarnation Machines
How I Came to Accept
the Paranormal While I’m generally an extremely stubborn person,  my opinion has radically changed on some topics over the
years.    I don't view this as a bad thing.   I don't aspire to be one of those people whose ideas are set in sto...
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Ben, you should be likely aware about Kazhinsky work 
http://arxiv.org/pdf/1312.1148.pdf
on electromagnetic nature of mind.
While some of his models are just silly from perspective of today knowledge,
one would admit neural/connectome models of intelligence don not explain many phenomena like psy and amount of information being transmitted per second in the course of dreams. 
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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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Rockville, Maryland
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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
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  • Temple University
    PhD Mathematics, 1989
  • Simon's Rock College of Bard
    BA Quantitative Studies, 1985
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