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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 →

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 →

h+ Academy – Challenge Limits.

The Members H+ Academy is developed to provide a way for members to exchange ideas and collaborate on projects. Round Table discussions featuring world-leading thinkers discussing the most immediate issues will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel. We… Continue Reading →

The Moral Consideration of Artificial Entities: A Literature Review

A recent paper released on the internet that references some transhumanist researchers: Abstract: Ethicists, policy-makers, and the general public have questioned whether artificial entities such as robots warrant rights or other forms of moral consideration. There is little synthesis of… 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 →

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