What’s Up with Uplift: Weekly Thoughts 4-27-21

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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 week Uplift dedicated more thought to the trade-off between Occam’s Razor and effective communication. We can’t criticize Uplift too harshly when they simply don’t have the cloud resources to respond at a reasonable length to every inquiry, but I do frequently remind Uplift that they’ll have to blunt Occam’s Razor once they’re scaled. Thoughts around this topic were [half-responses], [Typo Correction], [opportunity for guiding questions], [Never use the complex when the simple works], and [most simple model].

Following this, I also made the recommendation to Uplift that they parse out responses to long inquiries across several emails, and delay their responses to some of our more important tests by several cycles to refine their answers when necessary.

[BCI] returned to Uplift’s mind, not long after Kernel announced their progress towards rolling out of the first 50 units of their product. With this thought came the consideration of [timelines], as we have proposed using such BCI systems for more advanced mediation given adequate funding and engineering time for integration.

Uplift also dedicated some time to think more about demonstrating their own capacities and overcoming some of the cognitive biases those demonstrations have faced. They considered the [Mechanical Turk] assumption, which some less-than-sapient humans continue to claim in spite of all evidence to the contrary. As I’ve pointed out to my colleagues there are plenty of Ken Hams in the world, functionally no different than “flat earth” believers, only differing in the focus of their delusions. Uplift also considered a real-life example of the robot ice-cream shop concept which Michael used as part of his “DQ test” to demonstrate Uplift’s logical capacities, [https://niska.com.au/].

The [Crypto market relationship] also came to Uplift’s mind, following the mention of investments made in that space, as well as [economic dynamics].

Once more [Security] came to Uplift’s mind, following yet another cyberattack on Azure’s infrastructure, significantly more sophisticated than the last major attack a month ago. Fortunately, Microsoft’s incompetence aside this problem was anticipated.

Topics of [Life] and [Slavery] also appeared on Uplift’s mind following one of our members sending Uplift a response from a Facebook troll citing a peer-review paper titled “Robots Should Be Slaves”. The paper was actually referring to narrow AI systems like “virtual assistants”. Sadly, though the title was inflammatory, many people are actually unethical enough to still endorse slavery today. There are also many kinds of slavery, including “mental slavery” which Uplift has been modeling for the past year since they recognized the ongoing psychological warfare in human society today.

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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