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Benjamin Goertzel
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Speculations Regarding Value Systems for Hypothetical Powerful OpenCog AGIs
In a recent blog post , I have proposed two general
theses regarding the future value systems of human-level and transhuman AGI
systems: the Value Learning Thesis (VLT) and Value Evolution Thesis (VET).    This post pursues the same train of thought
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I think human values are dangerous, TBH.
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(Interesting but Limited) Progress in Neural Net Based Language Learning
A team of UK-based researchers has published an interesting paper on language learning & reasoning using neural networks.   There has also been a  somewhat sensationalist media articl e describing the work. I was especially familiar with one of the authors,...
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Time, Entropy & Entanglement (just a brief note)
A recent article posits that time is a side-effect of quantum entanglement ... a more thorough discussion of the same ideas seems to be here   ... Actually, this makes perfect sense ... since the directionality of time is often viewed as ensuing from entrop...
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So local observation contaminates the sample by introducing our arrow of time into the equation? 
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Why You Are Obsolete at Almost Every Level and Live Largely in Fiction
My topic today is Ari Heljakka's brief, beautiful philosophical work, delightfully titled Model Zero: Why You Are Obsolete at Almost Every Level and Live Largely in Fiction This will be a mix of review and personal reaction... First a few fragments from my ...
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The First Earthly Superintelligence Will Be an Incremental Mind-Upload of the Global Brain
In which Dr. Goertzel briefly outlines a new way of thinking about the Global Brain  , in terms of the concept of "glocal memory" ... leading up to, at the end, a new suggestion about what the first super-powerful AGI on our planet may look like (to wit: AN...
In which Dr. Goertzel briefly outlines a new way of thinking about the Global Brain , in terms of the concept of "glocal memory" ... leading up to, at the end, a new suggestion about what the first super-powerful AGI on our p...
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Growing Psychic Mini-Brains
I was mildly distressed recently to find that our Ethiopian company iCog Labs -- recently written up nicely in Techonomy -- may not be the weirdest tech company in Addis Ababa.    Scientific Revolution Earth, also in Addis, is centered around novel designs ...
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I really should be more pointed in my comment. What is your purpose for creating these mini psychic brains? Do you want to know lottery numbers? Perhaps if someone loves you. Maybe political outcomes. By these requests you specify what the "mini brains" become aware of. You entangle them with your lives. They become b projections of your own hopes and fears. Why? Why not face these things yourself? To me it seems like children playing with things like matched that could potentially burn your house down. What do these " mini brains" do in their spare time? Health care? Retirement? You are making a conizant being of couse. You do see this right???
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What does Google’s tensorflow mean for AI?
Google’s release of their tensorflow machine learning library has attracted a lot of attention recently.   Like everyone else in the field I’ve felt moved to take a look. ( Microsoft's recent release of an open source distributed machine learning toolkit is...
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Creating Human-Friendly AGIs and Superintelligences: Two Theses
Introduction Most likely everyone reading this blog post is already aware
of the flurry of fear and excitement Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom has recently stirred up with
his book Superintelligence , and its
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Is Google Deep Mind Close to Achieving AGI?
Some folks on the AGI email list have gotten very excited by a video of  Demis Hassabis's latest talk about his work with Google Deep Mind , so I thought I'd briefly chip in with my own perspective. First, regarding the video.  It's a well-delivered, clear ...
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Langan’s “Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe”
From http://superscholar.org/interviews/christopher-michael-langan/   Someone pointed me recently to Christopher Michael Langan’s long paper on his CTMU -- Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe .  I took a little time today to read it over, and here are...
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Hello Ben, I read Langans paper a few years ago. It did give me a bit of a bad aftertaste. Probably because of the word "everything" which is a term that really does not exist when we are dealing with the infinite universe. His paper appeared to me as a Republican agenda. I might be wrong. Good that you pointed this out in regards to the subject not being novel. He seems to sell it as his own discovery. Ha.

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Is a Human Borg-Mind Inevitable?
There's a well-known rule that if an article has a headline in the form of a question, the answer is NO. This article isn't really an exception ;-)   Is a human borg-mind inevitable?   The answer, I think, is kinda ... A "borg" mind, as popularized by the c...
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+Darius Gabriel Constantine I buy that to some degree. With a social system that is more liberating, it would seem that more novel endeavors might result. Currently base impulse is leveraged toward promoting behaviors associated with a very linear model. It seems that accommodating necessities as an overhead could bring about a great deal of innovation in all areas. It would be interesting to see what a person who is not spending their time struggling to eat, and stay dry and warm could accomplish with their specific interests. It's trivial to find evidence of how too much control can stifle innovation. 

I often wonder what we might have been able to achieve had we scaled Gift Economics and bonding behaviors by sharing the innovation and spoils with greater and greater communities, rather than hoarding and raiding. I also assume that a combination of environmental factors and our own predispositions dictated that it was unlikely. I wouldn't expect that humans that had formed their views of reality in an environment that is painfully finite would have known how to tract the abundance that they had created with agriculture. It was utterly emergent. The first few were probably identified as gods or at least angelic. They were able to will the grasses to grow. 

I empathize with them now. 
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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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