Fatefully, with the explosive growth of science when quantum mechanics and relativity were forming around 1900, physicists were stunned to find long accepted meanings of the reality of material substance, accepted for millennia, inexplicably and deeply undermined! I believe today’s situation suffers analogously; within the frame of dominant perceptions where we see the world as fixed, objective and ready-made for us to discover.
Why doesn’t everyone get excited about transhumanism? Why aren’t all people fascinated by augmented and virtual reality, radical life-extension, brain-uploading, and The Singularity? This essay is the first in a series of articles, entitled “The Casual Transhuman” – it will examine H+ topics from the layman’s perspective and give suggestions on how transhumanists can spread their ideas without looking like crackpots to the world-at-large.
It seems to me that those who believe into the possibility of catastrophic risks from artificial intelligence act on the unquestioned assumption that intelligence is kind of a black box, a cornucopia that can sprout an abundance of novelty.
All conflict arises from scarcity but scarcity won’t last forever, therefore it’s wrong to base our actions on temporary conflict. We need to look wisely at the future and act accordingly. When everyone is aware of inevitable Post-Scarcity, we can all direct our efforts towards accelerating its arrival.
A Dialogue on Creativity, Radical Novelty, AGI, Physics and the Brain. The following dialogue, between two imaginary characters A and B, is my attempt to summarize the crux of the argument regarding the potential of computers for creativity,…