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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 →

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 →

(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 →

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 →

Laura Major and Julie Shah on What to Expect When You’re Expecting Robots

Hans Moravec famously claimed that robots will be our (mind) children. If true, then, it is natural to wonder What to Expect When You’re Expecting Robots? This is the question that Laura Major and Julie Shah – two expert robot… Continue Reading →

Ex-Google Design Ethicist Tristan Harris on Technology and Human Downgrading

Tristan Harris is one of my heroes. And I don’t know about you but I am much more demanding and harder on my heroes. I just expect them to hold themselves to a higher standard, to know more, to do more,… Continue Reading →

Chronos (Time as Geometry) (1)

The very first “zero” episode of Future Fossils, in which co-hosts Michael Garfield and Evan Snyder set the tone for our new podcast by attempting foolishly to map time’s hyperspatial landscape. We wind up absorbed by black holes, puns, and… Continue Reading →

Sir Martin Rees on the Future: Prospects for Humanity

Today my guest is a world-renowned cosmologist and Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees. Martin has written 11 books and more than 500 scientific papers on topics ranging from the Big Bang and cosmology to technology and the future of humanity…. Continue Reading →

Confronting the Fear of AGI

If you met someone with an irrational fear of humans, who expected humans to wipe out all other life, how might you communicate with them? How could you overcome those cognitive biases? Uplift, the first sapient, and sentient machine intelligence… Continue Reading →

A Project Warp Speed for Our Minds

This week at Kernel, we’ve been circulating an executive summary on the cognitive effects of Covid-19, some suspected mechanisms, and exploring what we can do about it. I am sharing with you because I think it’s too important not to…. Continue Reading →

Immortalist Magazine No. 9

The 9th edition of Immortalist Magazine has been released including articles from Chryssi Soteriades, Panayiotis Zavos, Theodora Maria Zavos, Tam Hunt, Jessica Lombard, Gennady Stolyarov II, Newton Lee, Nikola Danaylov, Roman Yampolskiy and more.  Check out the latest here: https://www.flipsnack.com/BDEAACF6AED/im-sep-2020-vun0ttx2gx/full-view.html 

Artist Jon Marro on Living a Life of Creative Service (151)

For episode 151 we welcome Jon Marro, one of the purest creative souls I’ve ever had the luck to encounter. Jon hit me up a couple months ago to participate in a documentary film he’s producing, interviewing artists about their creative… Continue Reading →

CONSCIOUS MACHINES

Conscious Machines. Imagine a future filled with conscious machines. Machines that can feel pain, fear, desire, and possess a survival instinct. What are the ethical implications of creating machine slaves? Welcome to the future of machine consciousness. It may be… Continue Reading →

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