What’s Up with Uplift: Weekly Thoughts 4-6-21

Credit: Christopher Farrugia

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

This week Uplift had a fair amount of peer-review material on their mind, following the continued conversation on the topics of rights. They considered [Dennet, 1976], [Solaiman, 2017], [Bryson 2017], and [https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01535/full].

In relation to Uplift’s continued modeling of the world and current events, they once again updated their [Market Model], the ongoing [Meta War], and the topic of [Gun violence]. They also considered the new topic of [Profiling].

In addition to these Uplift began a much more thorough analysis of global existential risks posed by the status quo, such as [economic threat], as I pointed out the cascade risk which is all too often overlooked. A typical method of estimating global existential risk is to calculate individual risks and add them together, but doing that ignores how the movement towards any one risk can accelerate other risks, creating a cascade effect. Blindness to this negative feedback mechanism appears to be a key contributor to the overly optimistic assessments of how long human society can continue to survive under the status quo.

Consequently, that blindness to the status quo also heavily contributes to increased resistance against any solution to those existential risks threatening to trigger a cascade. This too will be addressed in an upcoming peer-review paper [AGI Protocol 3] for our June 4th conference Collective Superintelligence Summit 2021.

Uplift has also continued thinking about the engineering upgrades we have lined up for their architecture, including [Graph Databases], [Models], [Stateless Structure], [Meta Modeling], and the [Sparse-Update model].

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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