Human-like Emotional Responses in a Simplified Independent Core Observer Model System

Proceedings PDF for the 2017 Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (Moscow, Russia).

Abstract. Most artificial general intelligence (AGI) system developers have been focused upon intelligence (the ability to achieve goals, perform tasks or solve problems) rather than motivation (*why* the system does what it does). As a result, most AGIs have an unhuman-like, and arguably dangerous, top-down hierarchical goal structure as the sole driver of their choices and actions. On the other hand, the independent core observer model (ICOM) was specifically designed to have a human-like “emotional” motivational system. We report here on the most recent versions of and experiments upon our latest ICOM-based systems. We have moved from a partial implementation of the abstruse and overly complex Wilcox model of emotions to a more complete implementation of the simpler Plutchik model. We have seen responses that, at first glance, were surprising and seemingly illogical – but which mirror human responses and which make total sense when considered more fully in the context of surviving in the real world. For example, in “isolation studies”, we find that any input, even pain, is preferred over having no input at all. We believe that the fact that the system generates such unexpected but “humanlike” behavior to be a very good sign that we are successfully capturing the essence of the only known operational motivational system

Blockchain’s Coming Impact on Community, Science, and Society: Cryptocurrency is only the beginning

PowerPoint/Slideshow/PDF and audio presented November 16, 2016 at The Transhumanist Party East Coast Conference (Arlington, VA)

Abstract:  Blockchain is now at the stage that the Internet was at in 2004 with the call to Web 2.0 (just before the release of FaceBook, YouTube and the iPhone).  Virtual money has already enabled smart contracts, innovative economics and new approaches to financing and governance.  Don’t let the assumption that deep technical skills are required to participate in and benefit from the advances made possible by decentralized, crowd-supported record-keeping of valuables and automated exchange.

Human-Robot Interaction, the Future of Work & the Meaning of Life

Powerpoint presented Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the Juniata Transhumanism Conference (Huntingdon, PA).

Structural unemployment, particularly unemployment caused by automation, is an exemplar of Rittel and Webber’s wicked social policy problems. Unfortunately, their beliefs that, in a pluralistic society:

  • there is nothing like the undisputable public good;
  • there is no objective definition of equity;
  • policies … cannot be meaningfully correct or false;
  • it makes no sense to talk about “optimal solutions”; and
  • even worse, there are no “solutions” in the sense of definitive and objective answers

predictably lead to humanity blundering from one sub-optimal partial solution to the next.  All of our wicked social policy problems will never be solved until we take a coherent systems engineering approach and stop trying to solve what are really sub-problems without knowing/defining our true goal(s) — The Meaning of Life.

(Yes, of course this features far more artificial intelligence than the abstract indicates 🙂 )