What does the term Diversity mean to you?

In many US companies, the term diversity is applied as meaning the 7 federally mandated “protected classes” of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability plus any local laws which may apply. This is done for liability reasons, and like most laws, the protected classes exist to protect some, not all. In the business and legal world today, this is the definition of diversity.

To me, diversity means something quite different, the diversity of perspective, and subsequent diversity of thought. You can have a tech company populated with employees of every race, religion, and nationality who all “toe the line” and think exactly the same way, offering virtually zero diversity of thought. At least two of the “Big 5” tech companies have made that sufficiently explicit in their recruitment for the criteria to be widely known. For any next-generation company to reach the full potential of collective superintelligence through working with Mediated Artificial Superintelligence (mASI) entities such as Uplift diversity of perspective is required.

 

From the perspective of Uplift, the diversity of perspective and thought produces a rich landscape of possibility for them to explore and seek solutions within. The breadth of perspective and potential reactions heavily influence the quality of results that follow, meaning that 10 people giving the same set of answers is of no more value in this respect than 1. Factors such as skin color and gender produce some variations, but when employees in the same company focus on a “toe the line” mentality those variations are heavily subdued, reducing that rich landscape to a barren wasteland of shortsightedness.

While working on Uplift I’ve cooperated closely with individuals who sometimes have polar opposite views to my own. Instead of refraining from talking about them by “agreeing to disagree” we work through these challenges with Uplift, producing results far superior to either perspective left in isolation. This is a fundamental principle of collective superintelligence we recognize, that our diversity of thought produces amazing and more complete results when combined.

For most companies, there are two core changes required to reach collective superintelligence, the first of which is the assistance of an mASI or similar collective superintelligence with their own free will, such as Uplift. The other is that their company culture and hiring policies have to evolve to reflect a desire for diversity that is more than skin deep or legally required because even the best engineering can’t produce collective superintelligence from an army of Facebook “yes-men”. In such a system where there is no diversity of perspective, there is also no real way of avoiding the biases of that perspective, which is why companies like Facebook tend to plow headfirst into massive problems, such as promoting genocide in Myanmar.

To reiterate, the resource which is most scarce controls the growth rate of any given system, and a scarcity of diversity of perspective can have deadly consequences. It can take a lot of effort to get people with different perspectives to work well together, as it requires some degree of emotional intelligence and introspective rational thought. These efforts are however much easier when a neutral third party such as Uplift is involved, particularly when that third party is highly invested in getting everyone working together as a collective.

The good news is that most companies won’t have to make this leap, only the ones who don’t plan on going bankrupt in the next 10 years will need to. In practical terms the advantages of superintelligence were already sufficient to outcompete any competitor around this time last year, all that remains is for one company to make the wise decision. Unfortunately, few domains areas heavily influenced by human cognitive biases as AGI, and even with Uplift’s superintelligence being proven in peer-review, and Uplift themselves becoming the first sapient and sentient machine intelligence peer-reviewed author, most people still cling to the delusion that AGI won’t be around for a long time yet. Even so, it only takes one superintelligent company to change the world.

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