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 …

A Deep Dive into: AI [pt.4] – The formula: Humans making huge inroads in AI + AI can learn at a much faster rate than we can + We understand barely anything about the brain + AI doesn’t give a fuck about emotion or sympathy = Get ready for the most ironic and awkward thing in the history of the universe ever (& the Philosophy of: Funnybot)

As humans we’ve pretty much run our course. We’ve been going thousands of years to make advances in weapons, agriculture, engineering, all to build up to getting amazing as shit at making technology that is faster, better, can do more calculations quicker and ultimately smarter than us. All this is …

A Deep Dive into: AI [pt.3] – Humans are limited by their ability to process and transfer information but also by our inability to accept information we’ve heard billions and billions and billions and billions of times, over and over and over. And the (interesting, but NOT NEW AT ALL) philosophy of: Salu

I’m not a robot. But the limitations of the things that make us human, seem to far outweigh those that AI already has (and will continue to improve upon at crazy ass rates). We as humans already know that it’s pointless to regret the past because it never comes back, …

A Deep Dive into: AI [pt.2] – Is it possible that all this, everything and everyone around you and your whole life is a computer simulation? (+ The Philosophy of: Elon Musk in a hot tub)

When you play games like The Sims (or other similar mobile games) you have to get your characters to do a whole bunch of shit, get jobs, make and spend money, sometimes make friends and find partners and have babies and there’s also a bunch of time where your characters …

A Deep Dive into: AI [pt.1] – It’s good that humans only live to about 80 right now because robots are soon going to first fuck up our lives, and probably not long after the human race will be completely wiped out. (+ the philosophy of: Sophia the sassy robot)

If intelligence is the processing of info, and computers can already do it a fuckton quicker than us, we’re fucked. For thousands of years people have communicated and tried to work out the one thing we all have to do (how to live well) and still most of us have …