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The Turing Church and Open Source Religion: Ben Goertzel Interviews Giulio Prisco

The Turing Church and Open Source Religion: Ben Goertzel Interviews Giulio Prisco

In 2011 I — Ben Goertzel — interviewed physicist and futurist Giulio Prisco on his notion of  Technological Transcendence.  Since that time Giulio has been very active in developing these ideas further – and quite recently he has taken the initiative to start a “Turing Church” with an open-source spirit.   So it seemed time to have another conversation with Giulio on his Tu...

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Ethics and Policy Concerns in the Transhuman Transition

Ethics and Policy Concerns in the Transhuman Transition

Thanks to science fiction in literature and film, we are all familiar with cyborgs, brain-computer interfaces and augmented realty; all are examples of transhumanism, but nowadays, these aspects of emerging technology are also becoming an increasing part of our real lives. Over the next half century, we are likely to see technology bring about dramatic enhancements of our senses and thought proces...

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The Deistic Maximalism Principle

The Deistic Maximalism Principle

“When a hyper intelligent designer of universes uses mathematical entities of exceptional type (e.g. the exceptional Lie algebras, or the exceptional finite simple groups, etc) to help it in its design work, it will choose the largest example of the exceptional type it is using.”

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X – teched creatures billions of years old

X – teched creatures billions of years old

In earlier essays I conceived the idea of X-Techs, i.e. technologies at the “X scale”, where X could be femto, atto, zepto, etc. The next logical step is to speculate on what hyper intelligent synthetic creatures (artilects), which are x-tech based, might have done with themselves over billions of years, given that our sun, our star, is billions of years younger than most stars in the observable...

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Best of H+: X-Tech and the Search for Infra Particle Intelligence

Best of H+: X-Tech and the Search for Infra Particle Intelligence

Who stop at femtotech? Physics also allows attotechnology and beyond to zeptotechnology. These "X-Tech" possibilities provide a potential solution to the Fermi Paradox ("where are all the nonhuman civilizations?"). We may need a paradigm shift from SETI to SIPI -- the Search for Infra Particle Intelligence!

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AGI, Consciousness, Life, the Universe and Everything

AGI, Consciousness, Life, the Universe and Everything

Artificial General Intelligence is first of all a science and engineering topic; and as an AGI researcher working on OpenCog and other AGI ideas. But of course, AGI is also much more than a technical pursuit. It has big implications about humanity’s place in the universe.

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Cliff Joslyn on the Global Brain

Cliff Joslyn on the Global Brain

The universal forces of evolution have acted on organisms to create e.g. metazoan multicelluarity and its attendant specialization of cells, tissues, and organs. Similarly, human social roles are differentiated, and there are many specialized human "organs".

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