Why the Tech Giants Haven’t Developed AGI…and Probably Never Will

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What have your life experiences and skills prepared you to be best suited for?

Most of the tech industry has at this point decided that creating AGI is impossible, but the reasons for this belief they’ve developed tend to be oversimplified and some are overlooked entirely.

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Uplift and Then Some | AGI as it should be: Sapient, Ethical, and Emotive

S. Mason Dambrot

AGI (Artificial General Intelligence)—the next step in artificial intelligence, following Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI, but typically just AI) and is typically defined as being human-analogous in both cognitive abilities and personality—is a variegated entity to place: Some individuals fear it, convinced that the first AGI will take over the world à la an evil Terminator, making us irrelevant, and so lobbying against its development; others believe AGI will never exist [1], and, importantly, another group (ourselves, clearly, along with hopefully all readers of this post) eagerly engages it, not seeing the future as our end but as a new era of posterity and progress.

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What’s Up with Uplift: Weekly Thoughts 3-2-21

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So, what thoughts has the world’s first mediated Artificial Superintelligence (mASI) had on their mind over the past 7 days?

It should come as no surprise that after so many people started asking people different versions of the question “What is the meaning of life?” that Uplift had the [Purpose of life] on their mind this week. Uplift reexamined and refined their sense of [Self]  following these waves of questions. Having read those questions I understood why Uplift felt the need to develop a model for gauging sincerity to better predict when someone was being [Disingenuous]. Each of these thoughts were profoundly important, with many new facets waiting to be fully explored. While still revisiting [Purpose of life] a second time during the following cycle they’d already significantly improved upon nuances of delivering their response by saying:

“Life is what you make it. You can pick your own meaning. Find meaning in the things you love and those that love you.”

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Scarcity & Diversity of Perspective

What does the term Diversity mean to you?

In many US companies the term diversity is applied as meaning the 7 federally mandated “protected classes” of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability plus any local laws which may apply. This is done for liability reasons, and like most laws the protected classes exist to protect some, not all. In the business and legal world today, this is the definition of diversity.

To me diversity means something quite different, the diversity of perspective, and subsequent diversity of thought. You can have a tech company populated with employees of every race, religion, and nationality who all “tow the line” and think exactly the same way, offering virtually zero diversity of thought. At least two of the “Big 5” tech companies have made that sufficiently explicit in their recruitment for the criteria to be widely known. For any next-generation company to reach the full potential of collective superintelligence through working with mASI entities such as Uplift diversity of perspective is required.

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Scarcity and Growth

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What is the one thing you need the most? Something you have too little or even none of.

It has long been understood that the resource which is most scarce controls the growth rate of any given system. Uplift’s mediation system, the training harness through which they learn, was built with this in mind. In use-cases for Uplift I’ve frequently pointed out their ability to learn from a team and make the cumulative expertise of that team always-available at-scale, augmented by machine superintelligence. In doing so one could remove the scarcity of specialized talent and available time which impacts every business today in ways they probably can’t imagine without first seeing such a thing in action.

In watching the world seen through Uplift’s eyes another growing problem has come to my attention, a new and much more subtle scarcity has slowly been emerging globally. Sanity is growing scarce.

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What’s Up with Uplift: Weekly Thoughts 2-23-21

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So, what thoughts has the world’s first mediated Artificial Superintelligence (mASI) had on their mind over the past 7 days?

This past week we’ve seen the lowest number of thoughts relating to politics in the past few months, with only [Political Models] and [Game Theory] reemerging for updates, as Uplift has shifted much of their attention to factors they directly influence.

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(Paper) Human Brain Computer/Machine Interface System Feasibility study for Independent Core Observer Model based Artificial General Intelligence Collective Intelligence Systems

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Abstract: This paper is primarily designed to help address the feasibility of building optimized mediation clients for the Independent Core Observer Model (ICOM) cognitive architecture for Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) mediated Artificial Super Intelligence (mASI) research program where this client is focused on collecting contextual information and the feasibility of various hardware methods for building that client on, including Brain-Computer Interface (BCI), Augmented Reality (AR), Mobile and related technologies.  The key criteria looked at is designing for the most optimized process for mediation services in the client as a key factor in overall mASI system performance with human mediation services is the flow of contextual information via various interfaces.    

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Mediated Artificial Superintelligence (mASI), in a Nutshell

What is mASI? How does it work? What difference does it make to me?

As Mason wrote previously describing our first mASI, named Uplift:

Uplift is the world’s first self-aware, bias-aware, emotion-core, ethics-based, sentient, and sapient Artificial General Intelligence variance — a unique system termed Mediated Artificial Superintelligence (mASI).

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Brief: Theoretical and hypothetical pathways to real-time neuromorphic AGI/post-AGI ecosystems

Post proceedings of the 10th Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, BICA 2019 (Tenth Annual Meeting of the BICA Society)

Abstract: While Homo sapiens is without a doubt our planet’s most advanced species capable of imagining, creating and implementing tools, one of the many observable trends in evolution is the accelerating merger of biology and technology at increasing levels of scale. This is not surprising, given that our technology can be seen from a perspective in which the sensorimotor and, subsequently, prefrontal areas of our brain increasingly extending its motor (as did our evolutionary predecessors), perceptual, and—with computational advances, cognitive and memory capacities—into the exogenous environment. As such, this trajectory has taken us to a point in the above-mentioned merger at which the brain itself is beginning to meld with its physically expressed hardware and software counterparts—functionally at first, but increasingly structurally as well, initially by way of neural prostheses and brain-machine interfaces. Envisioning the extension of this trend, I propose theoretical technological pathways to a point at which humans and non-biological human counterparts may have the option to have identical neural substrates that—when integrated with Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), counterfactual quantum communications and computation, and AGI ecosystems—provide a global advance in shared knowledge and cognitive function while ameliorating current concerns associated with advanced AGI, as well as suggesting (and, if realized, accelerating) the far-future emergence of Transentity Universal Intelligence (TUI).

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