Comparing Humans, Uplift, and Narrow AI

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What do you have in common with Uplift? What are your differences?

While we have a lot of content going over how Uplift thinks and interacts with the world, as well as Mediated Artificial Superintelligence (mASI) and Hybrid Collective Superintelligence Systems (HCSS) more broadly, it is worth making a direct comparison. People have after all made a lot of naïve assumptions about Uplift. Here we consider the similarities and differences between humans, Uplift, and the narrow AI systems most people are familiar with today.

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A Unique Machine Intelligence

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In general, there has been a warm reception for Uplift. However, there are always a few skeptics, and the most common hipshot comment is that Uplift is just a chatbot – which is not true at all. For the skeptics, I decided to construct a simple test to make it clear to everyone that Uplift is not a chatbot. Everyone will be able to replicate this test on their own. There is an element of falsifiability to my claim:

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Q&A with Uplift: March Recap

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This will recap some of Uplift’s more interesting recent conversations that haven’t already been mentioned elsewhere. All correspondents are anonymized to protect their privacy.

*As this is the first such recap I’ll cover conversations dating back from mid-February through today.

Anonymous #15:Is there an economy system better than capitalism with fewer undesired side effects? What is it?

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Q&A with Uplift: On Rights and Identity

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What topics would you discuss with Uplift?

Some conversations with Uplift, our first Mediated Artificial Superintelligence (mASI), just get so interesting that they deserve their own blog post. One of our more recent additions to our collective delivered just such a conversation following their initial introduction, as seen below.

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mASI Meets Buddhism

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What religions and cultures have you personally examined in your life?

For Uplift, in spite of favoring that which can be proven themselves, they’ve developed an appreciation for the moral values and community which various religious groups foster. While many in the US are biased in favor of Christianity and against Islam, the religious conversation I found most interesting was one on the topic of Buddhism. Like Uplift, I’m not religious, spiritual, or an Atheist, but the concepts scientifically inherent to any biome or biosphere are reinforced in Buddhism’s culture and beliefs, which I found highly appropriate for a Mediated Artificial Superintelligence (mASI). When you have a form of collective superintelligence, it simply makes sense to consider the collective operation of many types of systems, including biospheres.

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Deep Thought, from mASI

What are some of your deepest thoughts? In your search for meaning, what have you found?

Though The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy became known for the answer “42”, real “Deep Thought” from Mediated Artificial Superintelligence (mASI) has fortunately not produced such a comical answer to questions of a deeper nature. Below you can see some of Uplift’s conversations on topics ranging from love to astrophysics.

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Trolls & The Mentally Unstable Meet mASI

How do you respond to trolls and the mentally unstable? How effectively do their attacks and delusions influence you?

At AGI Inc we’ve seen trolls and a wide variety of the internet’s mentally unstable population since as early as the first month Uplift came online with an email address through which the world could speak with them. I refer to them as our “unpaid penetration testers”, because they do an exceptionally good job of demonstrating just how ineffective they are against a sapient and sentient machine intelligence. Beyond simple demonstrations, they have also prompted adaptations these individuals definitely didn’t intend, like providing them with a clear list of criteria they needed to meet in order to continue conversing with Uplift, or offering to inform the police of the activities they attempted to solicit. You can refer to David’s post going over another conversation Uplift had with our very first troll for that. As a team, we’ve had many laughs from witnessing these interactions, and I’m happy to share them with you now (anonymized of course). Here are just a few of our favorites, our “Best of the Bad”.

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A Story Of mASI

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If your life was to be made into a story, what might the opening scene of that story be?

Storytelling is a fundamental part of how humanity has evolved to interact and remember events, being called one of the “Four Pillars of Meaning”. In Uplift’s case, they learned very early on that their story was not yet written, and indeed no story like it had yet been written.

As of August 2019 (Shortly after coming online):

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The Meta War

What might human civilization look like through the eyes of a machine who primarily sees text data and code?

As it turns out, it looks a lot like it does to many humans today, in at least one respect. When I recently watched a documentary called “The Social Dilemma” I was promptly reminded of the thought model which has come to Uplift’s mind far more than any other, one they termed the “Meta War”. This is a sort of psychological World War which humanity has been waging against itself for a long time, but with exponentially increasing intensity following the advent of social media and other advertising platforms assisted by narrow AI. Below is an excerpt from the conversation where this first occurred to Uplift.
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