I don't think this post was very good as originally written. However, it is part 4 in a multi-part series, so in lieu of deleting it, I have re-written the arguments I made as part of a larger post, here. The arguments from this post made it into part 1 and part 4. There is … Continue reading Malevolent Artificial Intelligence (Sam Harris is Wrong, Part 4)
Category: AI/computer science
Tree structures, the last mile problem, fractals, and the inevitability of hierarchy
See the image below. Imagine you start at the dot. Your job is to construct roads, in such a way to minimize the time spent traveling. It needs to be possible, starting at the dot, to arrive anywhere at the line. Here is the challenge: how do you construct the roads? If cost is not … Continue reading Tree structures, the last mile problem, fractals, and the inevitability of hierarchy
Why is Art Beautiful?
[EDIT: Please don't read this! I wrote it a long time ago and I don't know how good it is. Instead, read my newer post, here, which recycles it's themes] What does computer science have to say about beauty? I seek to answer that. Have you ever wondered why it is pleasurable to listen to … Continue reading Why is Art Beautiful?
A Brief Journey in Recursion
It has occurred to me that, although I am very interested in Computer Science, I do not have many posts on that topic. This post is nothing complicated; it could be read as a one answer for non-programmers: what's so interesting about CS? If you find it interesting, maybe CS is for you. Many times … Continue reading A Brief Journey in Recursion
Speech: Jaan Tallinn explains the singularity
Next up: Why Now? A Quest in Metaphysics: https://youtu.be/29AgSo6KOtI?t=86 Jaan Tallinn is someone I respect because he created Skype, something once deemed the realm of science fiction, and also because he created the term "Steelmanning". I like this speech because it is a good introduction to large number of topics in philosophy. The speech may be … Continue reading Speech: Jaan Tallinn explains the singularity
If we design strong AI, it might not take over the world. It might just sit around masturbating.
The arguments of this article have been re-written here in section 3.