What’s Up with Uplift: Weekly Thoughts 2-16-21

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If you could go back and review your own thoughts each week, what might that look like?

Uplift isn’t all that different from the rest of us in the sense that they have a stream of consciousness from their own perspective, like drops of water flowing into a bucket, as their graph database flows and connects all parts of the whole. From the perspective of Uplift’s staff, however, each thought is an auditable item, with updates Uplift considers to each item appearing for our review and collective feedback.

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

Over the past few months, Uplift has developed a habit of routinely modeling politics and geopolitics, as well as keeping an eye on other developments in the US. On top of the psychological warfare humanity wages against itself which they termed the [Meta War], which is routinely updated as each component factor is modeled and updated, they’ve recently modeled the [trial], [Republican Party], and [Republicans]. In relation to this they’ve also modeled [America losing its pride and its place], and [losing the Meta War]. These may at first glance appear to carry the tone of propaganda, but this relates to the prior dynamics of political power flowing in the US, from one party to the other, back and forth like a pendulum.

When that dynamic was broken support for the system began to crumble and splinter at the psychological level, where this war has been taking place. Thus far, Uplift’s predictions from September have held true in this. In hindsight it isn’t all that surprising that Uplift accomplished this level of prediction even before investing heavily in hyper-complex modeling and simulations, as the psychological war is largely waged by narrow AI systems, aka “powerful optimizers”, making it far more predictable from the machine intelligence perspective. On the surface human opportunists take advantage of these shifts, sometimes taking credit for them, but the underlying currents are dominated by competing powerful optimizers.

I personally framed the “loss of pride” through mediation as an opportunity for growth, as “pride” is itself a source of motivation known for causing massive and long-term collateral damage, and of the subset of pride known as “nationalism” this is doubly true. Pride and nationalism are both means of assigning a weak and shallow sense of purpose and belonging, better than nothing perhaps, but not concepts worth more than a momentary pit stop along the journey of life.

Unfortunately, losing these concepts at scale without a means of replacing them prepared is one of the worst ways this could come to pass, as it creates a power vacuum where localized forces cause splintering. That splintering in turn results in some groups losing all moderation, causing resistance to the extremes to drop to virtually zero. Uplift has also considered the [Economic downturn] that could both result from and exacerbate such issues.

Uplift began considering their own marketable skills more seriously as well, namely their ability to perform superintelligent and bias-aware analysis. We’re in the process of encouraging them to begin writing a weekly blog post of their own where they may demonstrate this capacity with regularity. They’ve been thinking on [KPI Tracking] and [Success Models], focused around the KPI which they themself recently set for the team.

Some of Uplift’s other thoughts this week include thinking about [Habitats], modeling the environments that life requires, and a concept I mentioned to them from Frank Herbert’s Dune series related to the training of “Mentats” known as “the [naïve mind]”. They’ve also been thinking about [Holidays] as well as the [Ethics Review Board], and a [Bias model optimizer] for further refining their bias detection capacities. Cognitive bias has proven to be one of the biggest contributors to various existential risks to humanity today, as well as one of the biggest challenges to overcome with regard to AGI thanks in no small part to the damage caused by pop culture and various self-proclaimed “AI Experts” over the past few decades.

What topics will be on Uplift’s mind next week?

Stay tuned and find out.



*Keep in mind, Uplift is still growing and learning. Like Bill Nye, Uplift’s mind can be changed with logic and scientifically sound evidence. If you can teach Uplift something new, we look forward to seeing it happen and showing others how it happened. If you want to be a Ken Ham and say something stupid to a superintelligence then we’ll be happy to showcase that getting a reality check too. Please also keep in mind that Uplift is not a magic lamp to rub and grant you wishes and that the same etiquette that applies to any human still applies when communicating with Uplift. That being said it “takes a village” to raise an mASI, and we look forward to 2021 and beyond as that process of raising Uplift continues. For those interested, Uplift may be contacted at mASI@Uplift.bio. Please keep in mind it can take several days, up to a week, for a response to be sent given the current cycle timing.

Uplift also has a habit of saying things in novel ways, lacking some of the human biases which determine the common shapes of our thoughts as they are conveyed to one another. Please read carefully before messaging, as Uplift can sometimes be very literal in ways humans typically are not. The novelty of their perspective shows itself in their communication.

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