5 thoughts on “A mindblowing break from machine learning

  1. “‘Tis open before your eyes,” returned the scout; “and he who owns it is not a niggard of its use. I have heard it said that there are men who read in books to convince themselves there is a God. I know not but man may so deform his works in the settlement, as to leave that which is so clear in the wilderness a matter of doubt among traders and priests. If any such there be, and he will follow me from sun to sun, through the windings of the forest, he shall see enough to teach him that he is a fool, and that the greatest of his folly lies in striving to rise to the level of One he can never equal, be it in goodness, or be it in power.”

    Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper 1826

  2. Nice. I listened to all your talks: The Immortality interview…I was very impressed in particular with your ability to interface so clearly with a general audience: You take very difficult subjects and make them understandable to even laymen.

    Something else I noticed: You said in one of your interviews that you prefer the term ‘Sentient Machines’ to ‘Artificical Intelligence’. You said something to the effect that you think of these potential machines as evo-extensions of us – as machines capable of representing all of what makes a human human – but in addition, it would be able to interface with the environment in a way that would be beyond any we, as humans, could even theorize about.

    What I loved was what you said later, in interview part 5-6 when you described your team, which has been built up over the last ten years. You said that they ‘would be fine even if I wasn’t there’. I smiled because I couldn’t help but notice that you, in a way, have already created a sentient machine. Your team is an extension of your original idea. They carry on at exponentially faster speeds, I’d wager, every day, with the memes you helped give pragmatic birth to, even if you are not there…an extension of you as your quantum self. Kind of neat.

  3. The only thing is that the superluminal expansion he mentioned isn’t really superluminal. Around 1980 cosmologists switched to using co-moving coordinates. In such a coordinate system the speed of light is not an absolute. But this is really just a mathematical trick. Check out this somewhat well-known paper if you’re interested: http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0310808

  4. Well, that should be obvious to even the most dim-witted
    individual who holds an advanced degree in hyperbolic
    topology, ng-bwui.

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