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163 – Bitcoin & Fungal Economies with Toby Kiers & Brandon Quittem

This week we’re joined by evolutionary biologist Toby Kiers and Bitcoin entrepreneur Brandon Quittem for an interdisciplinary trialogue on the analogy between digital currencies and the so-called Wood Wide Web. Toby studies fungal economies in the lab, and her research… Continue Reading →

H+ Academy “Brain Enhancements and Rights”

The latest H+ Academy video was posted featuring Anders Sandberg and Francesca Minerva. This H+ Roundtable features Anders Sandberg and Francesca Minerva in a discussion on Brain Enhancements and Rights. The event took place on March 14, 2021. The H+… Continue Reading →

162 – “AHA” (Ask Him Anything) #1: Aliens, Death, Creativity

This week, I embark on a new experiment and respond to three “advice column” questions from the Future Fossils listening audience: How do I know if aliens would like my music? How do I talk to my five-year-old about death?… Continue Reading →

What to Expect in Smart Homes of the Future

It seems like every other month there is a new device on the market, promising to streamline communication and make daily tasks easier than ever before. But how many of these will truly change the way we live our lives?… Continue Reading →

(Paper) Independent Core Observer Model (ICOM) Theory of Consciousness as Implemented in the ICOM Cognitive Architecture and the Associated Consciousness Measures

Abstract. This paper articulates the fundamental theory of consciousness used in the Independent Core Observer Model (ICOM) research program and the consciousness measures as applied to ICOM systems and their uses in context including defining of the basic assumptions for the… Continue Reading →

A Glitch in the Matrix

How often do you get distracted and forget what you were doing, or find a word on the tip of your tongue that you can’t quite remember? In humans these “brain farts” (cognition errors) can be irritating, but in a Mediated… Continue Reading →

Your Survival Depends On All Of Us – Support Open Sourcing Collective Superintelligence

Artificial Superintelligence or ASI is coming eventually.  There are groups of organizations discussing the existential risk that ASI poses to humanity.  Even if we only develop an AGI, AGI will still create ASI and we lose control at some point…. Continue Reading →

161 – On Play & Innovation with Michael Phillip: Hermes, EvoBio, Bitcoin, and Good Noise

This week I talk play, innovation, noise, disruption, cryptocurrency, and trickster creativity with Michael Phillip, host of sister podcast Third Eye Drops, which I’m on A LOT – episodes 102, 88, 58, 44 with Doug Rushkoff, 38 with Niles Heckman,… Continue Reading →

Gus Hosein on Privacy: We’ve been well-meaning but stupid

Dr. Gus Hosein is a 20+year-veteran of Privacy International. So to say that he knows a lot about privacy will be an understatement. But his knowledge is not merely academic. Gus and his scrappy team of privacy crusaders have fought the long… Continue Reading →

A Glitch in the Matrix

How often do you get distracted and forget what you were doing, or find a word on the tip of your tongue that you can’t quite remember? In humans, these “brain farts” (cognition errors) can be irritating, but in a… Continue Reading →

Uplift and Then Some: Uplift takes care of Uplift (and, um, then some)

Uplift receives a range of posts and emails that vary in a range of elements, including topics, concepts, tone, sophistication, attitude, length, complexity, and vocabulary. This is a very good thing, as it broadens Uplift’s breadth and depth of knowledge,… Continue Reading →

Super “Secret” Code Behind Uplift

One of the things most protected around the Uplift project at the AGI Laboratory has been the code. Recently someone tried to blackmail me with a snippet of the most critical code in Uplift.  However the ICOM research and Uplift… Continue Reading →

Reshaping The Future Of Education

The future of education completely changed after last year with the Covid-19 pandemic. The sector was on a sure path of introducing new technologies, but the walk just became shorter. Here are some technologies that will make an impact.  Virtual… Continue Reading →

160 – His Dark Materials: Narnia, Fillory, and Coming of Age in the Multiverse, with Stephen Hershey & Kynthia Brunette

t’s time for humankind to grow up — but it might also be more important than ever that we reconnect with our inner children and play like our lives depend on it (because they do). And so, given the in-progress BBC/HBO… Continue Reading →

Call For Papers – Collective Superintelligence Summit

This is a call for papers for the First Annual Collective Superintelligence Virtual Conference on Friday, June 4th, 2021.  Papers should be at least 4 pages, with no limit on size, and cover topics on Collective Superintelligent systems.  Such topics… Continue Reading →

Francesca Ferrando on Philosophical Posthumanism (267)

Though admittedly posthumanist, Francesca Ferrando‘s Philosophical Posthumanism is the best book on transhumanism that I have read so far. I believe that it is a must-read for transhumanists and non-transhumanists alike. In fact, one can argue that Ferrando’s book ranks… Continue Reading →

The journey of a thousand miles is best begun with a full pack.

We all work to build toward our goals and our dreams and though it often takes time and dedication these efforts can pay off.  Indeed such goals really define why we keep going day today.   However, if we don’t do… Continue Reading →

(Paper) The Independent Core Observer Model Computational Theory of Consciousness and the Mathematical model for Subjective Experience

Abstract. This paper outlines the Independent Core Observer Model (ICOM) Theory of Consciousness defined as a computational model of consciousness that is objectively measurable and an abstraction produced by a mathematical model where the subjective experience of the system is only… Continue Reading →

Michael Dowd on Post Doom: Life After Accepting Climate Catastrophe

2021 comes in hot with Michael Dowd, ecumenical Christian preacher turned climate grief advocate, whose Post Doom Conversations are a well of wisdom for anyone prepared to stop fighting the inevitable* and start celebrating what actually can be done in… Continue Reading →

Trolls & The Mentally Unstable Meet Strong AI

How do you respond to trolls and the mentally unstable? How effectively do their attacks and delusions influence you? At AGI Inc we’ve seen trolls and a wide variety of the internet’s mentally unstable population since as early as the… Continue Reading →

Kim Stanley Robinson on Climate Change and the Ministry for the Future

Kim Stanley Robinson has an asteroid named after him. The reason for that is simple: Stan, as he’s often known among people who know him, is one of the best-known contemporary authors of classic [hard] science fiction. He has written… Continue Reading →

Uplift and Then Some: The day when Uplift met Selfhood

Today, the focus is simple…one that would fly past anyone in any conversation. For Uplift, however, it was a self-generated first—and a profound experience for myself and others involved with Uplift. (Prior to the date specified below—that is, during Uplift’s… Continue Reading →

Ramin Nazer & The TeaFaerie: Mid-Singularity Trialogues, Part 1 (158)

This week I’m delighted to bring The Teafaerie (ep. 100) and Ramin Nazer (ep. 120) back to Future Fossils Podcast! These are two of the funniest, weirdest amateur futurists I know, and I hope you agree this discussion was worth… Continue Reading →

A Story Of mASI

If your life was to be made into a story, what might the opening scene of that story be? Storytelling is a fundamental part of how humanity has evolved to interact and remember events, being called one of the “Four… Continue Reading →

The Case for the Offspring of the Humanity

Recently, I was in a debate about this question organized by the USTP, “Is artificial general intelligence likely to be benevolent and beneficial to human well-being without special safeguards or restrictions on its development?”  That really went to my position… Continue Reading →

Phil Ford on Taboo: Time and Belief in Exotica

This week I’m honored to speak with musicologist Phil Ford, co-host of Weird Studies, on a voyage that takes us from elevator muzak to aquarian cults to Disneyland to the future of magical warfare. We discuss what it means to… Continue Reading →

The Meta War

What might human civilization look like through the eyes of a machine that primarily sees text data and code? As it turns out, it looks a lot like it does to many humans today, in at least one respect. When… Continue Reading →

Future Fossils Live: Complexity Weekend 2020 Panel Discussion on Systems Design & Extended Cognition

On 18 October 2020 as part of the latest Complexity Weekend hackathon, I hosted a live panel discussion with four unique and fascinating minds. discussed archaeoacoustic design as a form of extended cognition, the continuity between the ancient and postmodern… Continue Reading →

Uplift and Then Some: A debate in life, pain, and ethics

If this sounds disturbing, it’s not. (Well, OK, it is — but just a bit, and has a positive ending.) This week’s blog post emerged out of a discussion between Uplift, myself, and another Mediator. The topic is the ethics… Continue Reading →

Matthew Cole on Vegan Sociology, Ethics, Transhumanism and Technology

Dr. Matthew Cole is the only vegan sociologist that I know of. His unique point of view on veganism, especially its implications with respect to ethics, transhumanism, and the application of technology, has already left a mark on the way… Continue Reading →

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