Keith B. Wiley firstname.lastname@example.org Affiliation at the time of writing: Univ. of Washington, Dept. of Astronomy, Box 351580, Seattle WA 98195, USA Originally written November 25, 2011 Citation: Wiley K. The Fermi Paradox, Self-Replicating Probes, and the Interstellar Transportation Bandwidth....
“The spiritual things — the exotic phenomena people experience — in general violate the things we know to be correct on the basis of experiment, so they’re highly likely to be wrong,”
Video Friday: Anders Sandberg – Eugene the Turing test-beating teenbot reveals more about humans than computers
Anders Sandberg is one of my favorite people in the transhumanist scene Anders. Here he discusses the recent overhyped report of a chatbot passing the Turing Test. Anders is one of the most rigorous thinkers in transhumanism and his paper...
Interviews with David Pearce who is a British utilitarian philosopher who believes and promotes the idea that there exists a strong ethical imperative for humans to work towards the abolition of suffering in all sentient life.
Video Interview: Recently I interviewed Roman Yampolskiy, Latvian born computer scientist at the University of Louisville, known for his work on behavioral biometrics, security of cyberworlds and artificial intelligence safety. He holds a PhD from the University at Buffalo (2008). He is currently the director of Cyber Security Laboratory in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering.
Video and abstract of Roman’s presentation at Oxford University. Analysis of historical examples of wireheading in man and machine and evaluate a number of approaches proposed for dealing with reward-function corruption. While simplistic optimizers driven to maximize a proxy measure for a particular goal will always be a subject to corruption, sufficiently rational self-improving machines are believed by many to be safe from wireheading problems.
Reality is big. So our optimism must be confined to sentient beings in our forward light-cone. But I tentatively predict that the last experience below "hedonic zero" will be a precisely dateable event several hundred years hence.