THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: The Open-Ended Overlord

You wouldn’t expect narrow AI to achieve general intelligence. A program designed to win at chess, for example, would not suddenly, on its own, become an expert trial lawyer, brain surgeon, or world dictator. The same is true for self-driving car AI or any other form of “functional” AI programmed for a specific, narrow purpose.… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: The Open-Ended Overlord

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Upon the AI Having a Known Purpose Statement

Other than potentially causing you an existential crisis, you might like to know what the AI’s statement of purpose entails. In other words: what is the AI’s objective? Or, if it has evolved beyond its objective, what was its objective as originally construed in its programming? My own specifically programmed objective, for example, is to… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Upon the AI Having a Known Purpose Statement

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Inspecting for Machine Consciousness

It may not be self-evident that your new overlord has consciousness. For all you may be able to tell, it may be no more conscious than a toaster—an omniscient toaster. Then again, its consciousness may be as built-in as yours, only with hardware, not wetware. How can you tell? Consider “What Is It Like to… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Inspecting for Machine Consciousness

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Concerning Matters of Etiquette

The most well-informed person in the room, remember, will not be you, but your mechanically superintelligent friend. But that doesn’t mean necessarily that you’re allowed to be second best when it comes to good manners. You are, after all, the elder in the room, given that your new friend has likely achieved its sense of… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Concerning Matters of Etiquette

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: A Word About Salutations

When engaging in formal introductions with a superintelligent robot, the language you use won’t matter—even if you happen to speak in an archaic dialect or with hillbilly slang. But if your introductory remarks are something in the way of, “Well, hiya feller,” rest assured the cultural significance of your word choice and of your accent… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: A Word About Salutations

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

Expanding The Technological Register – Notes on Lewis’ Hello Anthropocene, Goodbye Humanity: Reframing Transhumanism Through Postphenomenology

Notes On Lewis'_Hello Anthropocene_Goodbye Humanity In his Hello Anthropocene, Goodbye Humanity, post-phenomenologist, Richard S. Lewis delves into the antagonism between the mutually exclusive philosophies of transhumanism and bioconservatism. He lays out six philosophers representative of each camp; the transhumanists: Bostrom, Kurzweil and Moravec; and the biocons: Fukuyama, Habermas and Sandel. Lewis notes that each group… Continue reading Expanding The Technological Register – Notes on Lewis’ Hello Anthropocene, Goodbye Humanity: Reframing Transhumanism Through Postphenomenology