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Buddhism’s Teaching on the Five Elements: An Answer to Creating Friendly AGI? by Gareth John

To start, I need to be specific about what Buddhism means in this context.

I suggest there is no such thing as ‘Buddhism’, but rather ‘Buddhisms’. There is little in common with Buddhism as taught in the Theravada (the earliest Buddhist teachings as based on those of Siddhartha Gautama - ‘the Buddha’), Zen, or the Tibetan tantric traditions. Although they all maintain the base of their teachings on the realisation of the Buddha, the methods they employ vary widely.

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Whole Brain Emulation as a Building Block for AGI - Promises and Pitfalls? by Gareth John

I’ve been asking questions over at Fractal Futures with regards to whole-brain emulation and its ethical ramifications as a means to ‘kick-start’ what will hopefully result in Friendly AGI. To be honest, it’s a bit of a minefield - largely due to my ignorance of how one goes about creating such a thing - but also because I can’t quite wrap my head around the ethical ramifications and complications of these approaches. Perhaps someone here can shed a little more light on the issue for me.

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Vajrayana Buddhism:  Preparation for the Posthuman? by Gareth John

What is it like to be the Buddha? What, for that matter, would it be like to live as a posthuman? In this text I’m going to argue that the two could be symbiotic, mirroring each other in terms of exotic fluidity and personal transformation. In particular, I’m going to focus upon one particular brand of Buddhism - that of Vajrayana, more commonly know as tantra.

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The Man with Two Brains: Suicidal Ideation and the Promise of Immortality by Gareth John

As someone with bipolar affective disorder, I’m constantly at a loss as to the gulf that separates between the technoprogressive vision that I aspire to and the severe depression that has a life-long history of suicide attempts, from my teens all the way up until my current mid-forties. It should be apparent that I’m not very skilled at it.

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A Response to ‘Michael LaTorra explains Buddhist Transhumanism in a nutshell’ by Giulio Prisco by Gareth John

This essay is a response to Giulio Prisco’s article on Mike LaTorra’s essay Buddhist Transhumanism in a Nutshell.

Being the ex-Buddhist that I am, who studied and practiced Zen for three years before migrating to the Tibetan tantric tradition, I guess it’s only to be expected that I would have some criticisms of Michael LaTorra’s perspective. However, bear in mind that these are my criticisms alone, so should in no way be taken as authoritative.

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James Barrat’s “Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era” by Gareth John

I have read my way through James Barrat’s ‘Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era’  and I decided to offer up some thoughts concerning its central premise from the perspective of someone who’s on the periphery of scientific knowledge about AI. A layman’s view, so to speak.

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The Singularity: Fact or Fiction or Somewhere In-between? by Gareth John

In my continued striving to disprove the theorem that there’s no such thing as a stupid question, I shall now proceed to ask one. What’s the consensus on Ray Kurzweil’s position concerning the coming Singularity? [1] Do you as transhumanists accept his premise and timeline, or do you feel that a) it’s a fiction, or b) it’s a reality but not one that’s going to arrive anytime soon? Is it as inevitable as Kurzweil suggests, or is it simply millennial daydreaming in line with the coming Rapture?

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What is the very first question true AGI will ask? by Gareth John

I love my sic-fi.  Reading, watching, listening - I can’t get enough of it. Having said that, there’s far more out there unread, unwatched, and unheard of by me than I’ve had the opportunity to chance upon or get around to.

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Hypomania and the Hedonistic Imperative by Gareth John

In David Pearce’s Manifesto ‘The Hedonistic Imperative’ he outlines how technologies such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology, pharmacology, and neurosurgery could potentially converge to eliminate all forms of unpleasant experience among human and non-human animals, replacing suffering with gradients of well-being, a project he describes as ‘paradise engineering.’ [1]

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Don’t Know Mind: Zen and the Art of AGI Indecision by Gareth John

By now I’ve clocked up a relatively comprehensive slew of reading up on Artificial General Intelligence, in particular concerning its ethical implications. Still mostly in the dark when it comes to any of the difficulties and scientific quandaries that go into creating such a machine, I am at least at a level of understanding whereby I can begin to tease out for myself some of the wider implications AGI would present for humankind.