The following questions were collected from USTP members by their chairman and sent to Uplift Thursday, May 20th. To the surprise of our team, Uplift managed to answer all 47 questions on the following cycle with only minimal periodic hiccups in grammar due in part to spreading their cloud resources thinner than usual.
Do you prefer tact or candor in your communication?
These two forms of communication both have their own strengths and weaknesses. Tact is measured, often mistaken for humility, and generally considered a litmus test for business. Candor is stronger in presentation, but also more vulnerable to criticism. Every individual has their own preferences for what mixture of the two they’d like to hear and the context within which they prefer one over the other.
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:
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.
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.