Foresight Update 23.34: Superhuman psychopaths or AIs with consciences? - August 30, 2009
…Ethics/morality is a separate module in the human mind — a conscience, if you will — whose effect will not be achieved by general intelligence and rationality on the part of the rest of the system, no matter how far advanced.
We need to build our AIs with consciences…
Let's consider: I live in Laporte, PA, and have an office in the Foresight suite in Menlo Park, CA. That's a distance of about 2800 miles, and I could drive it in about 40 hours, a full working week. That's a substantial commute. Of course, I don't drive, but fly. I live within about 3 hours of a couple of airports…
There have been many reasons urged against the concept of flying cars; let's take stock of them here:
How close to a true VTOL does a flying car have to be to retain the advantages we would like? If you have to keep it at an airport, you have to drive there and back in a separate vehicle, obviating many of the advantages. If it can fold up its wings and drive around town, like the Terrafugia, it gets most of them back. (The alternative is the modular convert-a-plane, where you leave the wings at the airport.)
Yet there remain a number of reasons why you might want to be able to takeoff and land anywhere. The landing part is obvious: safety…
cute video from nokia about what a nanotech phone might be like…
So, how close are we to flying cars? For specificity, let's pick a technological bar to hurdle that answers most of the objections to the concept we've seen as comments on the previous posts…
This story illustrates both the best and worst of near-term nanotech research and reporting. It's a valuable result in a very important application…
It's a question of some interest whether the Singularity will consist of just more exponential growth, or whether some superexponential growth mode is likely to happen (or is even possible), such as would be required for a real mathematical singularity…
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