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Month: April 2021

Artificial intelligence research may have hit a dead end – Salon

Philip K. Dick’s iconic 1968 sci-fi novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” posed an intriguing question in its title: would an intelligent robot dream?

In the 53 years since publication, artificial intelligence research has matured significantly. And yet, despite Dick being prophetic about technology in other ways, the question posed in the title is not something AI researchers are that interested in; no one is trying to invent an android that dreams of electric sheep.

Why? Mainly, it’s that most artificial intelligence researchers and scientists are busy trying to design “intelligent” software programmed to do specific tasks. There is no time for daydreaming.


The 10 Rules of Building Wealth

Dealing with the financial circle of our lives can sometimes feel overwhelming. Whether we’re looking to invest in the stock market (and what does it have to do with Game Stop?) or interrogating our spending habits so that we can reach a savings goal, there can be a lot of conflicting advice out there.

But as The ONE Thing authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan recently discussed on the Think Like A CEO podcast, sound advice doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, some of the insights may sound familiar. As Gary says, “It’s not going to sound like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’d never heard of that or never thought of that.’… Read more...

Reframe Chaos and Enrich Your Life

Water is as destructive as it is life-giving. It takes different forms based on its environment (think of a river versus a pond) and there are so many possibilities for its movement that replicating it in animation is notoriously difficult.

The further you wade into the ocean, the more powerful the waves that crash over your head get. Likewise, when you take on bigger and better challenges, your life gets more chaotic. Promotions, new relationships and ambitious goals are all signs of growth, and growth means that your life will move in directions that you can’t fully control. For some people, the busyness and scale of their lives can become overwhelming to the point that they stop taking risks or micromanage others in an attempt to stay on top of everything.… Read more...

Living Machines: Will Artificial Intelligence Be Conscious? | IE – Interesting Engineering

Imagine you undergo a procedure in which every neuron in your brain is gradually replaced by functionally-equivalent electronic components. Let’s say the replacement occurs a single neuron at a time, and that behaviorally, nothing about you changes. From the outside, you are still “you,” even to your closest friends and loved ones. 

What would happen to your consciousness? Would it incrementally disappear, one neuron at a time? Would it suddenly blink out of existence after the replacement of some consciousness-critical particle in your posterior cortex? Or would you simply remain you, fully aware of your lived experience and sentience (and either pleased or horrified that your mind could theoretically be preserved forever)? 


Building Core Values within Organizations

Have you ever shopped at a specific store, flown with a specific airline, eaten at a certain restaurant, or worked with a particular business and thought to yourself, “That was a fantastic experience!”? And have you ever found yourself visiting those same stores, airlines, restaurants, and businesses while in a completely different part of the country and thought the same exact thing?

Achieving a consistent experience across franchises, locations, and even huge, sprawling empires like Starbucks, Ace Hardware and Southwest Airlines is no small undertaking. It requires an incredible attention to what tangible processes and services make a business work. And at the same time, an acute awareness of the intangible aspects of an organization’s make up that deliver those experiences.… Read more...

What separates humans from AI? It’s doubt – Financial Times

Humans are self-aware animals, I was told as an undergraduate psychology student. We not only perceive our surroundings, but can also reflect on the beauty of a sunset — or wonder whether our senses are being fooled by illusions or magic tricks. We not only make high-stakes financial or medical decisions; we consider whether those decisions are good or bad.

It is one thing to be conscious, but to know that we are conscious and to be able to think about our own minds — that’s when my head began to spin.

Now consider robots. Ever since Alan Turing devised blueprints for the first universal computer in the 1930s, the singularity of our intelligence has become more precarious.


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I’ve been a Patreon for like 4 years now. But now that you will be releasing a book, will you still need my support? What are your plans for the future?Kyros J.(Barcelona, Spain)

Here’s how I think about Patreon, from our side:

Patreon is a means of creative freedom. Without Patreon, money would be a sizable part of our decision-making process. We’d have to take on sponsorships, sell products, and use paywalls, whether we felt good about it or not. Patreon allows us to do whatever we think actually makes sense for us and what we’re trying to do.


Kangaroo Court: Ideas for Creating Artificial General Intelligence: Integrated Information Theory – JD Supra

The ultimate endgame in the development of artificially intelligent (AI) systems is the creation of intelligent solutions that can input data from a variety of sources, process it (understand it), and perform multiple output operations. Imagine you are sitting on your couch at home next to a device with Siri activated. However instead of requesting simple tasks like adding almond milk to your shopping list, you could have a substantive conversation about the meaning of life, experiencing a dialogue with the Siri application that was indistinguishable from the kind you would have with a close friend or loved one.

Using the world’s knowledge, a generally intelligent Siri could reach to the depths of the internet in a heartbeat, assess all available information about cosmology, metaphysics, psychology, freewill, and spirituality.


Finding Your ONE Thing Is a Journey

It sounds cliché, but life is a journey. For those who have embraced The ONE Thing, that journey means following their ONE thing. And no two journeys are the same.

For some, the path toward realizing your goals is a well-worn one. With proven habits and profound clarity, these beaten paths are easier to navigate. For others, the path to clear goals is a fresh one — full of weeds and unexpected obstacles. Still, no matter the path or the experience, we can all find common ground. There are a myriad of things to enjoy and learn from each other as we all embark on our personal journeys.… Read more...

How WOULD We Know If an AI Is Conscious? – Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence

Neuroscientist Joel Frohlich (pictured) asks us to reflect on the “philosophical zombie.” That’s not the zombie of the late nite frites. It’s an entity that behaves outwardly in every respect like you and me but has no inner experience (think Stepford Wives). Philosopher David Chalmers originated the term in 1996, by way of illustrating why consciousness is a Hard Problem.

A powerful computer can crunch through many difficult jobs without any inner life or consciousness. But, Frohlich, who is editor in chief of the science communications website Knowing Neurons, asks, what if we weren’t sure? How would we test that?


How (and why) to raise e to the power of a matrix | DE6

General exponentials, love, Schrödinger, and more.
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The Romeo-Juliet example is based on this essay by Steven Strogatz:

The book shown at the start is Vladimir Arnold’s (excellent) textbook on ordinary differential equations.

Need a review of ordinary powers of e?

Or of linear algebra?

0:00 – Definition
6:40 – Dynamics of love
13:17 – Linear systems
20:03 – General rotations
22:11 – Visualizing with flow

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These animations made using a custom python library, manim.… Read more...

Can Mathematics Help Us Understand Consciousness? – Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence

In last week’s podcast, “The Chaitin Interview IV: Knowability and Unknowability,” Walter Bradley Center director Robert J. Marks interviewed mathematician Gregory Chaitin, best known for Chaitin’s Unknowable Number, on, among other things, consciousness. What can mathematics contribute to the discussion. Also, what does Chaitin think about panpsychism (everything is conscious”)?

The discussion began with reference to David Chalmers’s 1996 book, The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory, in which Chalmers coined the term “Hard Problem of Consciousness.” The term acknowledged what everyone knew, that human consciousness is a very difficult problem to understand, especially from a materialist perspective.