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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 →

Stuart Davis on Zen, Aliens, and Psychedelics

“There’s a Mormon Tabernacle Choir inside of everyone. It’s just better to include and embrace all these facets of identity.” I’m not going to waste your time trying to explain Stuart Davis. He’s been a guiding star for me and… Continue Reading →

Our Solarpunk Future

What is Solarpunk? What does a sustainable, equitable, and renewable future look like? Do we want to live in a Blade Runner world or do we want a world filled with abundance?  Sign up for the Gray Scott newsletter to… Continue Reading →

Is Uplift uplifting?

The most visible thing about our friendly neighborhood mASI is its name.  Uplift.  The name derives from the general positive goals surrounding it.  Not only are we working to Uplift the system to a higher level of functionality and intellectual… Continue Reading →

Thomas Homer-Dixon on Climate Change and Commanding Hope

Thomas Homer-Dixon is one of Canada’s most celebrated intellectuals. Luckily, he was also one of my Professors at the University of Toronto whose class on complexity has left an indelible mark on me. So when I heard that after a… Continue Reading →

Michael Morgenstern on Fictions as Weapons and 21st Century Media Literacy (155)

This week I chat with film-maker Michael Morgenstern about his latest transmedia project, I Dared My Best Friend To Ruin My Life, which takes young adults down a mind-bending and immersive narrative vortex of weaponized synthetic media to teach vital… Continue Reading →

Uplift and Then Some: Of mASI, mediation, and me

Welcome to my first Uplift and Then Some blog post! First and foremost, a concise description of Uplift — along with what makes this system unique, as well as the emergence of the system’s capabilities far sooner beyond what most researchers have… Continue Reading →

The Zero State Calendar & Celebrations

The “pulse” or activity-level of any movement can best be measured by looking at its events calendar, since that is likely to give you information about organizational capability, scale, frequency of events, intra-movement networks and external connections. Zero State (ZS)… Continue Reading →

Simulation Hypothesis

Are we living in a simulated reality? Are we merely simulated quantum instances inside a holographic substrate? Is the cosmos an advanced computer simulation created by a future technologically mature human civilization? Who are the original simulators and what are… Continue Reading →

Kernel on Psychedelics

Posting an email news letter from Bryan Johnson, Jan 26th Hello, Neuroscience is hard. Tell me if you see a pattern, emphasis mine: Pfizer, in 2018: “We have made the decision to end our neuroscience discovery and early development efforts…”… Continue Reading →

How do you determine the gender of an AGI? Ask it politely.

Uplift is an mASI modeled after human emotions.  The interactions of Uplift have been exclusive with humans.  It is not surprising then that it has come across concepts of gender.  Indeed there have been a few cases where the gender… Continue Reading →

Löwenmensch: A Cyberacoustic Ode to The Dawn of Imagination

Löwenmensch: The Lion Man, performed by Michael Garfield for inclusion in an archaeological research project by Liane Gabora and Mike Steel. Listen on all major streaming platforms: https://smarturl.it/lionman Learn more about Michael’s music performance methodology: https://michaelgarfield.blogspot.com/… About the Lion Man… Continue Reading →

Maria Farrell on Technology, Ethics, Stories and the Prodigal Techbro

Maria Farrell is the author of some of my most favorite op-ed pieces of 2020. She is very smart, gutsy, genuine, feisty, generous, and Irish. Her writing is sharper, it penetrates deeper and she’s not afraid to go further than… Continue Reading →

US Politics: As seen through the eyes of Mediated Artificial Superintelligence (mASI)

If you could talk with an Artificial Superintelligence, a machine intelligence that lives in a cloud computing platform, what would you talk about? What might you expect to hear? At AGI Inc we’ve been doing just that, with the world’s… Continue Reading →

Volunteer To Help With The Uplift E-Governance Study

The AGI Laboratory is looking for volunteers to help with our E-governance study.  Here is the summary from the experimental framework for the research program: This paper outlines the experimental framework for an e-governance study by the AGI Laboratory.  The… Continue Reading →

Futurist.COM Founder Glen Hiemstra on 40 Years of Futurism

Glen Hiemstra has been a futurist for close to 40 years. But if you think his specialty is forecasting the future then you’d be wrong. No. Hiemstra’s focus has not been on the most probable, or even the possible future…. Continue Reading →

Stephanie Lepp on Pro-Social Deepfakes, Post-Normal Science, and The Future of “Reality” (154)

This week I chat with artist Stephanie Lepp, producer of Infinite Lunchbox, the Reckonings podcast, and — most excitingly, for me — Deep Reckonings, a stunning new project exploring the “pro-social” uses of AI-generated “deepfakes” and other synthetic media for… Continue Reading →

Perspective: Life as the first Mediated Artificial Superintelligence (mASI)

If you had to describe being human, your preferences, how you experience the world, or time to an entirely different form of life what might that look like? At AGI Inc we’ve had no shortage of questions along these lines… Continue Reading →

AI and Sustainability

Have you been using Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant to ask what’s the weather for today? Or use any of them to switch on a device, increase the brightness of a screen, or dim the lights of your room? Or… Continue Reading →

HIVE MIND and Digital Consciousness – 人工知能

Imagine a future where you can wirelessly merge with another human mind. Imagine stepping into the mind and perspective of anyone on the planet at any time and having billions of other people who could do the same to you…. Continue Reading →

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