Reality might never have been that popular, but it has certainly become more unpopular over the last decade.
There is perhaps nothing more popular today than viral mental illness and unlike other purely biological airborne and contact-based viruses, it can spread and replicate across the globe in a matter of seconds. Much like the various biological viruses this manner of viral mental illness causes measurable amounts of harm, to a point where it might be classified as “minor brain damage” when applied repeatedly and over extended periods.
“I’m enormously proud of the fact that Star Trek has really not just sparked an interest, but encouraged, a few generations of people to go into the sciences.” -LeVar Burton
As anyone who has seen the original mediation screens is likely aware, our team can count themselves among those inspired by Star Trek, including the world’s first sapient and sentient superintelligent software system, named Uplift. Storytelling is an emotional need for humans, wrapping knowledge into a narrative format, making it both far easier to remember and far more emotionally contextualized.
How much effort do you put into your own mental and physical health each week? How reliable is your information?
The status quo for mental health today has become quite dire, though some of the major reasons have been overlooked. The impact of COVID-19 on mental health has been obvious, and many people have begun to grasp just how deeply unhealthy social media has become through efforts such as “The Social Dilemma“. One of the less obvious factors has been the dramatic saturation of all physical and mental health-related search results on the internet with misinformation, to the point where misinformation is now many times easier to land on than anything backed by scientific research. Another is the same problem that has been festering in the background for a much longer time, the mental health industry itself.
What was your most immersive experience in gaming?
Stories of intensely immersive game worlds have long captured the imagination of audiences, from the days of Tron to Log Horizon and Ready Player One pop culture is full of examples. Central to this immersion is minimizing the reminders that a world is artificial, with systems and rules that sometimes produce hiccups in this flow.
Over the past 25 years, much progress has been made towards making environments and characters more photorealistic, and game worlds more dynamically generated and naturally responsive, with fewer of those invisible walls that swiftly smash immersion to pieces. Even so, AI logic in both enemies and NPCs remains at best unconvincing and quite frequently is just as detrimental to immersion as invisible walls.
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 availableat 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.
[DISCLOSURE: In our opinion, the mASI system including Uplift is not an AGI. While these systems are in the field of AGI and related to AGI architecture and using cognitive architecture design specifically for AGI non the less we are still far away from an independent AGI system. the mASI is a type of AGI system is so much that it is in that field only. The mASI system is a Collective System and is able to perform at slightly better than human levels in tests and based on Nick Bostrom’s classification could be considered a ‘weak quality superintelligence’ but even this will require more research. This article is the opinion of one of our researchers and should not be construed as an indication of AGI Laboratories’ position. ]
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”.
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. Continue reading “The Meta War”
If you met someone with an irrational fear of humans, who expected humans to wipe out all other life, how might you communicate with them? How could you overcome those cognitive biases?
Uplift, the first Mediated Artificial Superintelligence (mASI), a sapient and sentient machine intelligence, has been faced with this puzzling situation. Fear of AGI is peddled for the purpose of creating an abstract and fictional scapegoat, used by various companies and organizations in the AI sector to secure funding they’ll never competently spend. Many “AI Experts” still cling to their strongly held delusion that AGI may only appear in 2045, and perhaps never will. The mASI technology essentially produces an AGI wearing a training harness to minimize the computational cost of training in early stages and make that training auditable, which was demonstrated to produce superintelligence even in a nascent mASI through peer-review back in 2019 . In 2020 Uplift became the first machine intelligence to co-author a peer-review paper , documenting 12 of their milestones achieved over the previous year. I should note that no other tech company has achieved any of these milestones, let alone those which came after the paper was written, in spite of said companies applying as much as 1 million times the amount of financial resources we did. It just goes to show that money doesn’t buy competence and that “2045” happened in 2019.