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Crass Transit Systems

It truly baffles me that Congress has decided to allocate such a large sum in the recent infrastructure bill towards local mass-transit systems. How is it not seen that ridesharing trumps mass-transit in every possible way (except in SOME cases,… Continue Reading →

Pamper a Cow and You’ll Get Spoiled Milk

  When dealing with the issue of sentience in animals, it becomes important to ask: Where do we draw the line? Many of the animals we use for companionship are ones we would easily define as having sentience, but the… Continue Reading →

Keeping up with the Jet Blacks’s

  What do you see in the future of cybernetics technology? There are certain individuals who have suffered the complete loss of a limb, such as a traumatic amputation or a congenital disorder. In these cases, a functional prosthesis can… Continue Reading →

Next-Generation Voting and E-Governance

In the past year, and to varying degrees in years previous, the US and other countries around the world have encountered issues with updating their voting and e-governance processes. In some cases, they faced challenges with implementing new voting processes,… Continue Reading →

AGI Laboratory Committed to Open-Source

(online) This last Friday was the first annual Superintelligence Summit where there was a series of speakers talking about the aspects of attaining superintelligence and the state of what can be done now.  A big part of the motivation for… Continue Reading →

Chapter 3: The Power of Story

ReWriting the Human Story: How Our Story Determines Our Future an alternative thought experiment by Nikola Danaylov We suffer not from the events in our lives but from our stories about them. Epictetus The most powerful stories are stories about things that… Continue Reading →

Why Transhumanism Needs More Positive Science Fiction Writers (opinion)

In the modern Age of Accelerating Returns, more commonly known as the information age, the rate of technological growth is accelerating at an unprecedented rate. Never before in the history of humanity has technological growth shown itself so clearly to… Continue Reading →

Chapter 2: The Story of Story

ReWriting the Human Story: How Our Story Determines Our Future an alternative thought experiment by Nikola Danaylov Chapter 2: The Story of Story The limits of my language mean the limits of my world. Ludwig Wittgenstein Humanity has searched for… Continue Reading →

The COG (Cognition Object General Ledger) Blockchain System

Artificial Intelligence empowers the world increasingly, and that power grows at an incredible rate. Unfortunately, like any other valuable and scarce resource, it is subject to profit-harvesting silos that seek to make it artificially even more scarce and only for… Continue Reading →

Chapter 3: The Power of Story

ReWriting the Human Story: How Our Story Determines Our Future an alternative thought experiment by Nikola Danaylov Chapter 3: The Power of Story We suffer not from the events in our lives but from our stories about them. Epictetus The… Continue Reading →

Chapter 1: The Definition of Story

ReWriting the Human Story: How Our Story Determines Our Future an alternative thought experiment by Nikola Danaylov     Chapter 1: The Definition of Story We started our thought experiment with Kenneth Burke’s definition of story as “equipment for living.” Burke offers… Continue Reading →

ReWriting the Human Story: How Our Story Determines Our Future

an alternative thought experiment by Nikola Danaylov Part  I: Story People always find it easier to be a result of the past rather than a cause of the future. Unknown Are we just billiard balls in a predetermined cosmic game of pool?… Continue Reading →

166 – Anna Riedl on Bounded Rationality & Effective Altruism

This week we’re joined by Anna Riedl, a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum and organizer at Effective Altruism Austria, currently studying Cognitive Science at Universität Wien. We discuss behavioral economics, bounded rationality, computational rationality, and other formal ways… Continue Reading →

Demonstrating How the mASI (Uplift) system generates initial responses using GPT-3

This is taken from the book that might be released publicly at the upcoming Superintelligence Conference for attendees. mASI use of DNN and Language Model API’s [draft] Previously we have walked through how the code over the simple case works,… Continue Reading →

165 – Kevin Kelly on Time, Memory, Change, and Vanishing Asia

“The most expensive part of making this book was time. I spent my time, which is my scarcest resource. For every one of the nearly 9,000 images in this book, I was standing directly behind the camera. I had to… Continue Reading →

The Uplift White Paper Draft – Collective Superintelligence Systems: Augmenting Human Intelligence and Moving Beyond Narrow AI

This is a pre-release version of the Uplift white paper that will be on the Uplift.bio site to be a consumer-friendly explanation of what mASI systems can do and why they are cool. Introduction A collective system has multiple parts… Continue Reading →

ReWriting the Human Story: How Our Story Determines Our Future

an alternative thought experiment by Nikola Danaylov   Part  I: Story People always find it easier to be a result of the past rather than a cause of the future. Unknown Are we just billiard balls in a predetermined cosmic game of… Continue Reading →

165 – Kevin Kelly on Time, Memory, Change, and Vanishing Asia

“The most expensive part of making this book was time. I spent my time, which is my scarcest resource. For every one of the nearly 9,000 images in this book, I was standing directly behind the camera. I had to… Continue Reading →

ReWriting the Human Story: How Our Story Determines Our Future

It is harder and harder to make sense of life. Everything is changing, all the time, at a faster and faster pace. Our civilization is struggling to keep up with exponential technology and disruptive change. Our age-old institutions, politics, economics,… Continue Reading →

164 – Violet Luxton on Scientific Reductionism vs. Traditional Ecological Knowledge

This week we talk to artist, musician, and community organizer Violet Luxton, who works and lives at the intersection of Indigenous wisdom traditions and Indigenous rights movements, #LandBack​ and #BlackLivesMatter​, afro-futurism, yoga, and visionary biotechnological speculation. In a conversation far… Continue Reading →

Supporting the Uplift Project

Uplift is a research project focused on human-machine collective superintelligence.  The project borrows from the AGI Labs ICOM research to build an AI system that allows humans and the machine to work together to create Superintelligence.  Humans on there own… Continue Reading →

Open Source, Is it Good for AGI Research or a Suicide Pact? Help us know for sure

Those that have grown up with open source in the past 20 years know that open source is popular.  It’s popular because of a number of reasons including that it fosters innovation, speeds up delivery, and helps us all collectively… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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