By Mark R. Waser (originally appeared Jan. 31 2014 in The Wave Chronicle)
The headline over at Huff Post Tech actually reads “Google’s New A.I. Ethics Board Might Save Humanity From Extinction” and the article is filled with a lot of the typical nonsensical, fear-mongering idiocy — BUT the predominant side-effect of a well-funded, high-profile, COMPETENT Ethics Board could well mitigate a world of pain . . . . Continue reading
Presentation Powerpoint presented Sept. 22, 2013 at the Inspiring Radical Life Extension Conference (Washington, DC)
Is choosing to die immoral? Is there a right to choose to die? Is the Transhumanist Wager immoral? Is cryonics immoral? Is there a “Right to Cryonics”? Is cryonics a wise social choice?
by Mark R. Waser (originally appeared April 24, 2013 at Transhumanity.Net)
George Dvorsky posted You’ll Probably Never Upload Your Mind Into A Computer in the “DEBUNKERY” section of io9 stating “Here are eight reasons why your brain may never be digitized.” The first problem, of course, is that mind and brain are two different things – as different as a software program and the computer it is running on. The second problem is that he then pulls in yet more confusion with “consciousness uploads” and “transfer our conscious thoughts to a computer”.
Ben Goertzel then weighed in with Goertzel Contra Dvorsky on Mind Uploading. Ben states that he prefers Randal Koene’s phrase “substrate independent minds” as less sexy but less misleading – but then goes on to state that “the point is the liberation of the mind from any particular substrate.”
Here’s *my* take. Continue reading