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Is our world a simulation? Why some scientists say it's more likely than not

October 18, 2017

When Elon Musk isn’t outlining plans to use his massive rocket to leave a decaying Planet Earth and colonize Mars, he sometimes talks about his belief that Earth isn’t even real and we probably live in a computer simulation. 1,144 more words


Embodiment and Orthogonality

The considerations in the previous posts on predictive processing will turn out to have various consequences, but here I will consider some of their implications for artificial intelligence. 1,329 more words

Existentialism in Design: Comparison with "Friendly AI" research

I made a few references to Friendly AI research in my last post on Existentialism in Design. I positioned existentialism as an ethical perspective that contrasts with the perspective taken by the Friendly AI research community, among others. 1,708 more words


0049: After On by Rob Reid

We highly recommend you read After On by Rob Reid before listening to this episode where we interview Rob Reid, author or After On! We tried to keep the spoilers to a minimum so if you’d like to listen a bit and then decide to read the book, that should work too. 50 more words


Our Dubious existence

Yes,our existence is questionable. But when asked to probe into reality, it always heads towards ramifications that would bust our sanity. The reality has been defined as the state of things as they actually exist. 307 more words


It’s hard to talk and think about artificial intelligence or superintelligence with out resorting to science fiction or shallow references to pop culture. WOPR, HAL 6000, Skynet – it’s best if you put those aside for a moment. 191 more words

Telling good from bad technological change - three types of disruption

Technological progress is accelerating. Developments is different areas are going to compound each other, resulting in ever faster and disruptive change. Take for example Klaus Schwab’s description of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, where he outlines the interacting developments in information technology, bio-tech and materials sciences. 656 more words