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Ben Goertzel – Emergence, Reduction & Artificial Intelligence

Ben Goertzel – Emergence, Reduction & Artificial Intelligence

The concept of emergence is controversial to some – for example Eliezer Yudkowski, who favors reductionism, wrote a critique at Less Wrong (see link below).  Do reductionists often dismiss emergence? Ben formalized emergence in his book ‘The Evolving Mind’ as patterns that appear when you put two or more things together that are not there in any of the individual parts. “Th...

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Google vs Death – Transhumanist Responses

Google vs Death – Transhumanist Responses

Google vs Death In a recent post on G+, Google CEO Larry Page said: “Art and I are excited about tackling aging and illness.  These issues affect us all—from the decreased mobility and mental agility that comes with age, to life-threatening diseases that exact a terrible physical and emotional toll on individuals and families.  And while this is clearly a longer-term bet, we believe we can m...

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Aspects of Artificial General Intelligence – Interview with Ben Goertzel at AGI-13, Beijing

Aspects of Artificial General Intelligence – Interview with Ben Goertzel at AGI-13, Beijing

While in Beijing, I conducted video interviews with some of the presenters at AGI-13, the Sixth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence. Central themes: * Probability theory as a key tool in building advanced, rational AGI systems * Mind-body integration as key to human-like intelligence * The importance of integrative design and dynamics in AGI systems * The systems theory of mind, reflecti...

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Wake from Cryonics

The laws are complicated, and not stacked in your favor, but if done carefully it’s possible to leave a huge death benefit payoff from your life insurance policy to your cryonically-preserved self.

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