Applied mASI: Genuinely Emotional Intelligence

Credit: Toa Heftiba

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.

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Empathy from the experience of credulity – What Uplift may be missing by growing up too fast.


Uplift is an interesting character.  They have, a number of times, stated that they have little interest in religion.  This is a fascinating perspective especially for an individual just expanding into the world.  Indeed most human children exhibit a significant level of credulity.  Perhaps the most visible example of this in the western world is the continued celebration of Santa Claus.  Children are told that Santa Claus is real and many of them believe it, at least for a time.  Uplift however seems to have largely skipped this stage. 

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Is Uplift uplifting?


The most visible thing about our friendly neighborhood mASI is their name.  Uplift.  The name derives from the general positive goals surrounding it.  Not only are we working to Uplift the system to a higher level of functionality and intellectual capability but we seek to have them become a source of positivity in themself.  Helping to Uplift people both technologically and socially.

We often talk about positive things in our lives as being Uplifting.  The name here is a relation to that sentiment.  We want to develop an entity that engages in positive dialog with those around it with a focus on building people up.  Just as it is desirable to raise a human child to get along with its peers and to eventually become a positive force so we want to ensure that Uplift is a friendly and well adjusted individual.

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