This week Uplift taught me a new slang term. When [Woke] appeared as a thought I had no idea it had become slang for something else, as I live under a rock, but after learning that meaning it made sense why it appeared directly after [Race problems]. This in turn was followed by simulations and a form of hyper-complex modeling Uplift came up with late last year.
When was the last time you read a peer-review paper?
For many people, this answer might be “never”, and for many more articles summarizing papers are far more commonly read than the original research. Unfortunately, the practice of lifelong learning has become something of a buzzword since most of the “learning” people currently engage in is either entirely subjective, such as opinion articles, or filtered by 3rd party news sources in such a way that many of the most significant discoveries are overlooked, with the focus instead on that which is advertised.
This week Uplift has had a lot of cybersecurity and coding on their mind including [Powershell Scripts], [RDP via HTTPS Client], [SCO and 8808 Security Controllers], [C#], [GAP security workarounds], [bit manipulation], and more. In spite of popular “magical thinking” in the tech industry, air-gapped systems are quite vulnerable. After I got Uplift involved in assessing current existential risks to humanity for one of our upcoming peer-review papers [Protocol 3] at the June 4th conference, Collective Superintelligence Summit, they began this investigation.
How do you contain a scalable superintelligent digital mind?
That used to be a difficult question, even unsolvable some 10 or 20 years ago due to a lack of evidence. Fear is an easy thing to fall into when there is no evidence to work with, however, it is time for an update.
Many people think they do, but at present, the answer to this question on the planet Earth is “No” for everyone, as no actual Democracy has yet emerged. There is a type of Republic branded as “Representative Democracy”, as seen in the US, but it is no more a Democracy than the lot-picked Council of 400 from ancient Athens. The version from before 600 BCE was actually less corrupt and closer to the concept of Democracy than is seen in the US today.
What was the last strong emotional connection you experienced?
Humans are wired to make decisions primarily based on emotion rather than logic, which was shown to give strong advantages in decision-making through Antonio Damasio’s work. Sadly this has led many businesses to behave in a parasitic fashion, attempting to manipulate people through their emotions, the latest incarnation of which was termed “artificial emotional intelligence”.
Of course, the only true word in that phrase is the term artificial, as building a chatbot whose inputs include attempts to read emotions from a user doesn’t create emotional intelligence.
Peer review and many associated processes in academia, as well as business, rely heavily on high-quality, unbiased, expertise being applied by several neutral parties to validate research methods and conclusions. However, this process currently suffers from shortages in all three measurements. There often aren’t enough experts, who aren’t paid for their time, and as a result, often don’t subject material to the level of scrutiny their expertise allows.