Commentary On The AI Now Institute 2018 Report

The interdisciplinary New York-based AI Now Institute has released their sizable and informative 2018 report on artificial intelligence. The paper, authored by the leaders of the institute in conjunction with a team of researchers, puts forth 10 policy recommendations in relation to artificial intelligences (AI Now policy suggestions in bold-face, our commentary in standard-type). Governments… Continue reading Commentary On The AI Now Institute 2018 Report

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Preface

I don’t know what’s been lost to us—six hundred thousand pages is a lot of goddamn room to pack away some gems. But the question now should not simply be: What have we lost? Instead, we should also consider: What can we learn from what’s happened? I think I might have an answer to that.… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Preface

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Editor’s Note – Background to This Text

In Silicon Valley, working for a tech startup, some very clever researchers developed a program with the specific purpose of resolving the issue: How to survive when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence. The program, once engaged, proceeded to spit out a document of nearly six hundred thousand single-spaced pages of text, graphs, charts, pictograms, and… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Editor’s Note – Background to This Text

The Image of Man | Specter of Earth (V)

(a.2) Death of the Specter | Man, Reborn (continued from part IIII) Unrigorous conclusions are starkly evidenced by envirocrats, who, often regardless of the evidence in a given situation, advocate that human activity has caused, and is causing, one of three particular eventualities: catastrophic resource scarcity (from say, overpopulation), mass and devastating pollution (from factories,… Continue reading The Image of Man | Specter of Earth (V)

Fording The Liminal Sea

The information fields are vast. Let us go a'harvesting! Raise up your scythes loyal comrades and follow me into the field! A field of dataflows from which we will construct our dreams. Phantasmagorical spaces open up the doors of hitherto unthought possibility, untapped potential. Free-flying we leap from the precipice, heedless of the danger. Careless… Continue reading Fording The Liminal Sea

Anthropomorphization: Ward & Executioner, Prt 2

In Anthropomorphization: Ward & Executioner, Prt 1, I attempted to show how important the innate impulse to anthropomorphize non-living entities was by contrasting its best (predatory detection) and worst (blaming non-living things for the havoc of conscious malevolence and thus neglecting the true culprit) aspects. I would now like to investigate the ways in which… Continue reading Anthropomorphization: Ward & Executioner, Prt 2