By mid-century or before, many future followers predict the pace of technological progress in genetics, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence will become so fast that humans will undergo radical evolution. By the 2030s, we'll be deluged with medical breakthroughs that promise a forever youthful state of being.
(CNN)—Ask teens the object of social media, and they’ll all tell you the same thing: to get “likes.” Whether on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr, young users understand the coin of this realm, and are more than happy to do what is necessary to accumulate it. But is the currency value neutral, or does it come with an agenda of its own?
What Koch calls “character assassination,” however, others would describe as a simple recounting of the facts. Koch and his brother David are known for injecting massive amounts of their (partially inherited) wealth into the political process, academia, and propaganda in order to promote their right-wing (and self-serving) point of view. But now that he’s brought it up: Is Charles Koch really un-American?
Peter Voss is an entrepreneur, inventor, engineer, scientist and AI researcher. He is a rather interesting and unique individual not only because of his diverse background and impressive accomplishments but also because of his interest in moral philosophy and artificial intelligence. I have been planning to interview Voss for a while and, given how quickly our discussion went by, I will do my best to bring him again to Singularity 1 on 1.
During our 1-hour-long conversation with Peter we cover a variety of topics such as: his excitement in pursuing a dream that others have failed to accomplish for the past 50 years; whether we are rational or irrational animals; utility curves and the motivation of AGI; the importance of philosophy and ethics; Bertrand Russel and Ayn Rand; his companies A2I2 and Smart Action; his [revised] optimism and timeline for building AGI; the Turing Test and the importance of asking questions;Our Final Invention and friendly AI; intelligence and morality…
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Who is Peter Voss?
Peter started his career as an entrepreneur, inventor, engineer and scientist at age 16. After a few years in electronics engineering, at age 25 he started a company to provide turnkey business solutions based on self-developed software, running on micro-computer networks. Seven years later the company employed several hundred people and was successfully listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
After selling his interest in the company in 1993, he worked on a broad range of disciplines — cognitive science, philosophy and theory of knowledge, psychology, intelligence and learning theory, and computer science — which served as the foundation for achieving breakthroughs in artificial general intelligence. In 2001 he started Adaptive AI Inc., with the purpose of developing systems with a high degree of general intelligence and commercializing services based on these inventions. Smart Action Company, which utilizes an AGI engine to power its call automation service, was founded in 2008.
Peter often writes and presents on various philosophical topics including rational ethics, freewill and artificial minds; and is deeply involved with futurism and radical life-extension.
As vast swathes of consumers move online across India, huge volumes of new startups are flooding into the marketplace to service them. The space is growing rapidly and an ecosystem is emerging to help them succeed. Yet the issues these companies face include a disparate geographic area, a large range of languages and a general lack of credit card use. Maybe those who can conquer this fast expanding India really can take on the world?
Published in early 2014 IEET contributor, Federico Pistono discuses a project him and an international team are working on that will allow anyone, anywhere access to information in all languages, cultures, and economic situations.
Dr. Douglas Smith discusses current neuro-engineering methods for brain to computer interfaces and limb replacement. This talk is from the 1st annual UPenn Neuroscience Public lecture, which was held on March 13, 2014.
In breaking news an international conglomerate of scientists is to release their stem cell therapy rejuvenation injections next month. They have stated that for everyone injection paid for they will provide two free versions to designated countries and welfare recipients in non-designated countries.
The tattoo on my right upper forearm is that of a polypeptide chain of the neurotransmitter Substance P. This neurotransmitter is responsible for the feeling of pain being transmitted to the central nervous system. Next to it says “RNAi This!” RNAi (Ribonucleic acid interference) is responsible for determining what genes are turned on and what are turned off.
In this very impressive April fools joke Socatres of Singularity 1 on 1 got a lot of attention for running a story titled "Breaking News: ByoLogyc CEO Chet Getram on the BRX Virus Outbreak", published April 1st of 2014.
Emerging reports suggest that the BRX virus has already infected thousands of people. ByoLogyc - the company whose product is linked to the outbreak, has set up a mobile decontamination and vaccination facility in the heart of Toronto. Even though I usually don’t do any breaking news field-reporting, in this particularly shocking case I couldn’t help it but had to go downtown and try to find out what is going on. I was very lucky to get a rare interview with ByoLogic’s elusive and controversial CEO Chet Getram.
I apologize for the low video and audio quality but the footage was shot under dangerous circumstances and at high personal risk of infection. Our interview, held in the back of ByoLogic’s decontamination and vaccination facility, was interrupted several times by people’s screams as well as something which looked like a bodybag being carried out right in front of my camera. [Watch carefully around min 23:42 into the interview.]
During our 25 min conversation with Chet Getram we cover a variety of topics such as: ByoLogic’s company mission; its controversial product line including ByoRenew, ByoMate, ByoEnrich, ByoBreath, ByoGrow and ByoBaby; the responsibility for and the dangers posed by the BRX virus; the passionate activism and public resistance that seem to follow both ByoLogic and its unapologetic CEO.
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What is ByoRenew?
ByoRenew is the cure for everything that stops you from doing anything.
Be protected against up to 90% of common ailments and infections, allowing you to realize your dreams, in your way. Choose from a number of subscription plans that help your immune system to obliterate specific sets of viruses and bacteria, based on the lifestyle you want. We’re all born unique, with biologies that define who we are, but also defy what we imagine ourselves doing. ByoRenew is here to change all that, by changing what’s inside you into whatever you need it to be.
Who is Chet Getram?
Chet Getram is the Chief Executive Officer of ByoLogyc, a leader in the field of lifestyle biotechnology and innovation design. The son of ByoLogyc founder Hewson Getram, Chet personally led ByoLogyc’s shift away from traditional pharmaceutical products, and towards the development of solutions designed around the lives of 21st century customers. Chet holds an MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organization from the Judge School of Business at the University of Cambridge. He is dedicated through any means necessary to helping humanity fulfill its deepest desires and unlock its hidden potential. As the old adage reads: If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.
A Special Message from ByoLogyc CEO Chet Getram
After the recent devastating attack on ByoLogyc’s production facilities by the online terrorist organization known as EXE, ByoLogyc is ready for action.
ByoLogyc Patient Zero Walkthrough
Below are images from a real protest that IEET Managing Director, Kris Notaro participated in, known as the (Free Trade Areas of the Americas) FTAA Miami Protest. This recent talk filmed by Adam Ford of The Rational Future discuses some of the major consequences of having Washington protect multinational corporations with brutal force. (This however is not an April Fools Joke)
If we really pride ourselves on our critical thinking we ought to be able to take other people’s best arguments on board and show if and why they are mistaken. And Maaneli did make a very good argument in defense of parapsychology.
Peter Hayward talks about “Finding Personal Agency in the Face of Massive Uncertainly” on Future Day 2014, published on Mar 4, 2014. Strategic Foresight—finding personal agency in the face of massive uncertainly - Peter Hayward is a trained accountant and economist with over 25 years experience in taxation and public policy.
He is also experienced in the use of systems thinking and modeling tools with regards to public policy initiatives. He completed a Graduate Certificate of Science in Strategic Foresight in 2001 as part of the first cohort of students undertaking the program.
In 2002 he commenced doctoral research into the development of individual and social foresight. He has consulted to a range of organisations in the use of foresight methods, and is the author of the inaugural monograph in the School's Monograph Series, Foresight in Everyday Life .
In addition to his doctoral research, he teaches in the Masters program and specialises in the use of systems thinking and applying foresight in organisational environments. He is the author of the journal articles "Facilitating Foresight", "The Moral Impediments to Foresight Action" and "Futures Thinking as a Catalyst for Change".
"In philosophy and sociology, agency is the capacity of an agent (a person or other entity, human or any living being in general, or soul-consciousness in religion) to act in a world. The capacity to act does not at first imply a specific moral dimension to the ability to make the choice to act, and moral agency is therefore a distinct concept. In sociology, an agent is an individual engaging with the social structure. Notably, though, the primacy of social structure vs. individual capacity with regard to persons' actions is debated within sociology. This debate concerns, at least partly, the level of reflexivity an agent may possess.
Agency may either be classified as unconscious, involuntary behavior, or purposeful, goal directed activity (intentional action). An agent typically has some sort of immediate awareness of his physical activity and the goals that the activity is aimed at realizing. In ‘goal directed action’ an agent implements a kind of direct control or guidance over their own behavior." -Wikipedia
Published on Mar 5, 2014, Kevin Korb talks at Future Day about Technofuture Politics: Utopia or Dystopia?
How do U.S. trading laws affect the world economically, and technologically? How can we let governments and corporations secretly copyright technology?
When U.S. multinational corporations regulate control over copyright and innovation, through trade deals, how can the rest of the world innovate? (As stated in the video, most people do not even know about most laws that are created by the “Washington Consensus”)
In his new work, How to Create a Mind [HCM], Ray Kurzweil reflects on the moral considerability of intelligent machines. He believes that in the near future we will be confronted with machines that have cognitive abilities and emotive expressions that closely emulate those of humanB beings. (I use the term “HumanB” and its cognates to designate biological humanity and the term “HumanM” and its cognates to designate moral humanity, i.e., persons). The issue for him is whether we humanB beings will be able to identify morally with non-humanB artificial persons that do not have a biological existence.
The Hallivis Brothers are a Los Angeles based director/producer duo that is comprised of two actual blood-related Mexican brothers that have been living in the United States (legally) for over 15 years. Julio Hallivis is an Executive Producer with a strong background in the advertising world. Diego Hallivis (the better looking one) has a post-production background that helped him jump into directing at a young age. The Hallivis Brothers’ first film “Game Time” was distributed by Lionsgate and their latest concept “Shifter” is getting a lot of attention and making a lot of buzz in the industry. They both work together on every step of all of their projects from the early stages of development until it reaches its final point of awesomeness.
Shifter movie synopsis: Los Angeles – 2023. James Striker is on the verge of bringing down the oppressive government that has crushed all freedom in the United States. But before he can take them on, Striker must get past a homicidal drone and an elite squad of EFT soldiers. His only advantage is the SHIFT, a process that allows Striker to transfer his mind into an identical clone body. New body, Same mission: Bring the whole system down.
Published on Mar 26, 2014, Adam Ford of The Rational Future talks with IEET Fellow David Pearce about Bliss and Cognitive Amplification.
Would life without suffering turn us into indolent lotus-eaters -leading to some kind of stagnant Brave New World? Pre-reflectively, one might suppose so. But recall how the happiest people today also tend to be the most motivated. It’s depressives who tend to be apathetic and get stuck in a rut. Crudely, mesolimbic dopamine mediates “wanting”, activation of the mu opioid receptors in our twin hedonic hotspots mediates “liking”. Experimentally, happiness and motivation are doubly dissociable. Yet if we want to be superhappy and hypermotivated, there’s no technical reason why we can’t combine the blessings of both.
Big news this year for those interested in big questions, or potentially big news, as long as the findings hold up. Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics may have come as close as we have ever ever to seeing the beginning of time in our universe. They may have breached our former boundary in peering backwards into the depth of time, beyond the Cosmic Microwave Background, the light echo of the Big Bang- taking us within an intimate distance of the very breath of creation.
One of humanity’s greatest technological triumphs is today’s potential for widespread and unrestricted access to all of our collected knowledge. As we march towards this noble goal, there is something crucial we need to talk about. That is, some of the most vital information we have is our scientific research, and much of it is still widely unavailable to the public. At least, without paying prohibitively high costs.
In a media frenzy akin to the Komen scandal, Evangelical aid organization World Vision announced recently that it would allow legally married and monogamous queer Christians on its payroll. Conservative co-religionists, including Franklin Graham of Billy Graham Ministries, and Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention took to the media denouncing the decision as a violation of biblical Christianity and all that is good.
Who could have thought a month ago that an illustrated children’s book on indefinite life extension would become a fiercely, passionately discussed phenomenon not just in transhumanist and futurist circles, but on mainstream publications and forums? And yet that is exactly what has happened to Death is Wrong – certainly the most influential and provocative of all of my endeavors to date
There’s a pervasive notion that monogamous relationships are the end-all-be-all – the default pact in human couplings that keep the fabric of society from being torn apart. But growing numbers of scientists believe monogamy is not our biological default; and may not even represent the best road to happiness.
Just a short while, a researcher by the name of Safa Motesharri came out with an article that got some support from NASA. NASA at least put some money in that study, and it caught on in the media that the story was an officially NASA sanctioned, supported or otherwise prominent study. It isn't but that does not make the conclusions in the study any more relevant.
World economics seer Louis-Vincent Gave, of the Gavekal Partnership, has explained the pivotal meaning of the Crimea Incident in a larger context which he calls a looming "World War IV" —the conflict between the Shia and Sunni branches of Islam, in which Sunnis control larger reserves of oil, but Shia populations are restive in the very places where that oil is pumped. If a rising axis of Russia, Iran, Syria and Iraq takes hold - (the latter three Shia-ruled, currently) - then fear will tighten across the Sunni belt.
Urge the ending of war these days and you’ll very quickly hear two words: “Hitler” and “Rwanda.” While World War II killed some 70 million people, it’s the killing of some 6 to 10 million (depending on who’s included) that carries the name Holocaust. Never mind that the United States and its allies refused to help those people before the war or to halt the war to save them or to prioritize helping them when the war ended—or even to refrain from letting the Pentagon hire some of their killers. Never mind that saving the Jews didn’t become a purpose for WWII until long after the war was over. Propose eliminating war from the world and your ears will ring with the name that Hillary Clinton calls Vladimir Putin and that John Kerry calls Bashar al Assad.
If we are “ethically serious” we should use biotechnology according to IEET Fellow David Pearce. Being a philosopher and “futurist”, David thinks that designer drugs and genetic therapy should be used to enrich ones own life. This video was produced by Adam Ford of the The Rational Future and published on Mar 26, 2014.
Adam Ford and IEET Fellow David Pearce talk about the Hedonistic Imperative vs The Abolitionist Project The Differences, published on Mar 26, 2014.
http://hedweb.com - The Hedonistic Imperative outlines how genetic engineering and nanotechnology will abolish suffering in all sentient life. The abolitionist project is hugely ambitious but technically feasible. It is also instrumentally rational and morally urgent. The metabolic pathways of pain and malaise evolved because they served the fitness of our genes in the ancestral environment. They will be replaced by a different sort of neural architecture - a motivational system based on heritable gradients of bliss. States of sublime well-being are destined to become the genetically pre-programmed norm of mental health. It is predicted that the world’s last unpleasant experience will be a precisely dateable event.
Two hundred years ago, powerful synthetic pain-killers and surgical anesthetics were unknown. The notion that physical pain could be banished from most people’s lives would have seemed absurd. Today most of us in the technically advanced nations take its routine absence for granted. The prospect that what we describe as psychological pain, too, could ever be banished is equally counter-intuitive. The feasibility of its abolition turns its deliberate retention into an issue of social policy and ethical choice.