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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Applied mASI: In Automation & Software Development

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Do you fear the big bad wolf of automation?

Automation and software development tend to go hand-in-hand, with one resulting in the other. This has created the growing concern of mass unemployment resulting from the automation of an ever-increasing number of jobs today, with some such as Bill Gates proposing methods like a “Robot Tax” as a means of covering the added financial burden of various welfare systems.

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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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