A Deep Dive into: AI [pt.10] – On the philosophy of: Terminator Genisys (If the Terminators are super intelligent, why don’t they just poison the water supply with a undetectable neurotoxin instead of fighting us on our level, with dumbass guns and bullets? If I want to kill a bug I don’t put all my effort into shrinking myself to its level so I can fight like an ant, making it a ‘fair’ fight.)

If there’s an ant in my kitchen, wandering across the benchtop, I squish it. I don’t fight with it and try to kill it in a way that other ants would. I don’t try to latch on to its antennae and pull until I separate them from their body. Nor …

A Deep Dive into AI [pt.9] – How Anthropomorphism is discrediting and derailing balanced, rational discussions about Artificial Intelligence, and trivialising its real dangers and its existential threat (and how anthropomorphic fear of machines is actually increasing those dangers)

When you think of robots and artificial intelligence do you think of these? or even: ? But what do these have in common? They all have at least one of the features that are shared by us as humans (legs, arms or at least eyes). But if machine learning continues …

A Deep Dive into: AI [pt.8] The philosophy of Peter Haas: We need a healthy scepticism to make AI both benign and useful for humanity

Humanity hasn’t faced a serious threat to its existence since the plague ravished Europe, on a smaller scale, hundreds of thousands died of  cholera (which still do in underdeveloped countries), the two world wars, or anything like the environmental calamities such as the end of the dinosaurs or the ice …

‘Thanks for reminding me’ – How our emotions, past experiences, judgements, sentimentality and sense of attachment interfere with understanding and coming to conclusions about the things that matter most. (+ The philosophy of: Nick Bostrom & one of my students)

The problem with the things we don’t want to talk about is exactly that: we don’t want to talk about them. But often, and I would argue that always, the things we most consciously avoid talking about are the things we most need to, as they are the most important …

A Deep Dive into: AI [pt.7] – If the purpose of every biological species is to ensure the future survival of its own, is it wrong to assume that a non-biological entity would have the same priority? (Why humanity won’t be annihilated by AI once it reaches super intelligence. Or, actually the exact reason it will.)

Why does each species exist?  The answer is in the question – To exist. And to exist into the future. Humans, Dogs, Tapeworms, Plum trees responsibility as a living organism is first and foremost to its own species. Yes, humans domesticate and care for pets, help save the whales and do conservation work …

A Deep Dive into: AI [pt.6] – The philosophy of: The local librarian the other day (Slowing down the development of AI so it doesn’t eventually take over? ‘It’s a bit late for that.’)

After I went up to the front desk at my local library the other day, I remembered I forgot to get something else (remember to forget – does that exist?). And as I did, I left a copy of Nick Bostrom’s seminal Superintelligence on the counter (any book that has cover …

A Deep (but not too deep, because this shit can do your head in) Dive into: Are we living in a computer simulation? [pt.2] – This is why we aren’t. Or maybe exactly why we are. I don’t fucking know.

This is part two of an examination of Simulation theory – Here’s part 1. And to understand what the hell this is, watch this, this, or this, or read this (the latter of which started it all). —– If you play Mario Bros, this never happens: And sometimes, the designers of computer games …

A Deep Dive into: AI [pt.5] – In the brief period after AI realises it’s smarter and better at us in EVERYTHING, the only jobs left will be those that deal with the annoying thing AI won’t have, understand or give two fucks about: human emotions.

In the brief period between AI becoming smarter (and funnier) than us and can innovate better than us, process information quicker than us, do every job better than us, and the moment it realises humans are no longer needed for anything, there’s going to be little bit of time where …