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Benjamin Goertzel
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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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Take into consideration the the added complexity of the conversational interface installed as both web browser and operating system on the first truly useful BCI's - and the picture gets, as you say, more complexicated.

I tend to think that, once essential necessities for what remains of the biological component have been satisfied, people will start doing things like learning how to achieve perfect metabolic control, breathe underwater, learn advanced mathematics and programming languages.

In other words, all of the unfulfilled "If only I could have done that when I was in high school/college instead of get a job as a grocery clerk..." type of things.

The conversational interface is our first true bridge to nearly instantly bringing our potential up to speed with our imagination and dreams.

Once that's done, then people will look outward, to building bridges to other minds and exploring the world even further.

If Melanie Swan is correct, and we build these things with blockchain, then there may be a continuum of participation and absorption within these collectives - that is to say, that at any particular time, one may be part of (or more part of) a particular collective depending upon what exactly one wants to do as part of that collective. In other words, one may shift or blend in and out of such collectives, rather than statically being a part of, or not being a part of, those collectives. One day you may be connected to it's central ideology, and the next you're not.

Things are going to shift a lot.
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Why Occam’s Razor Works
(Sketch of a Possible Explanation  Why Occam’s Razor Works...) (Though motivated by deep questions in philosophy, this is a
speculative math-y blog post; non-technically oriented readers beware…) How can, or should, an intelligent mind make sense of the
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Glad to hear it. 
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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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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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Life Is Complexicated
I grew up, intellectually, drinking the Complexity Kool-Aid from a big fat self-organizing firehose. Back in the 1980s, I ate up the rhetoric, and the fascinating research papers, emanating from the Santa Fe Institute and ilk.  The core idea was extremely c...
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This might be of interest:

http://phys.org/news/2015-07-method-untangle-chaos.html

Researcher devises method to untangle, analyze 'controlled chaos'

A researcher at Indiana University has developed a new mathematical framework to more effectively analyze "controlled chaos," or how interactions among highly complex systems affect their operation and vulnerability.

The new method could potentially be used to improve the resilience of complex critical systems, such as air traffic control networks and power grids, or slow the spread of threats across large networks, such as disease outbreaks.

"By providing reliable results in a rapid manner, these equations allow for the creation of algorithms that optimize the resilience of real interdependent networks," said the study's author, Filippo Radicchi, whose work appears in the journal Nature Physics.

"They may also be helpful in designing complex systems that are more robust, or more easily recoverable," he added.

Radicchi is an assistant professor in the School of Informatics and Computing and a member of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research. His equations work by providing a new method to "untangle" multiple complex systems; pulling apart each network, or "graph," for individual analysis; and then reconstructing an overall picture.
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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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HW ARE U ? I LOVE THIS BE STILL ENJOY YOUR LIFE. CAN YOU EXPLAIN ABOUT WHAT IS LOVE? 
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Addis Abba looks seriously cool.
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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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