Friday, February 22, 2019

Stephen Hawking on the Advent of ‘the Meta-Human’, II. -- ‘‘‘Android Robotics’’’.







Stephen Hawking on the Advent of the Meta-Human, II. --

‘‘‘Android Robotics’’’.







Dear Readers,

We have predicted, as the neo-ontology of the next epoch of cosmological meta-evolution -- at least locally, in our solar system -- an ontologically-dynamical, neo-ontological meta-finite singularity that we call the irruption of the meta-human -- the advent of a new «genos» of three new «species» of cosmological ontology that we call meta-humanity --

qh  =  h  =  h1,  --->  h2  =  h + Deltah  =  

h + qhh |-=  h  +  y .

We hold that none of the three, dialectically-interrelated «species» of this new «genos» of meta-humanity that we have predicted is as yet extant in the contemporary Terran ecosphere of [mere] humanity.

We also hold that protoic preformations of each of these three «species» are already extant in our times, largely, though not completely, unnoticed as such by most of our contemporaries.


Given this background, it is interesting to read the thoughts of the late physicist, Stephen Hawking, on the systematically second of these three «species, that of ‘‘‘Android Robotics’’’, in his posthumously published, 2018 book Brief Answers to the Big Questions [Bantam, NY] --

[pp. 184-189]: “... If computers continue to obey Moore’s Law, doubling their speed and memory capacity every eighteen months, the result is that computers are likely to overtake humans in intelligence at some point in the next hundred years.” 

“When an artificial intelligence (AI) becomes better than humans at AI design, so that it can recursively improve itself without human help, we may face an intelligence explosion that ultimately results in machines whose intelligence exceeds ours by more than ours exceeds that of snails.”

“When that happens, we will need to insure that the computers have goals aligned with ours.”

“It’s tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction, but this would be a mistake, and potentially our worst mistake ever.”

“...There is now a broad consensus that AI research is progressing steadily and that its impact on society is likely to increase.  The potential benefits are huge... .  Because of the great potential of AI, it is important to research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls.”

“Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history.”

“Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks.  Used as a toolkit, AI can augment our existing intelligence to open up advances in every area of science and society.  However, it will also bring dangers.  While primitive forms of artificial intelligence developed so far have proved very useful, I fear the consequences of creating something that can match or surpass humans.  The concern is that AI would take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever increasing rate.  Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution [F.E.D.:  Not if they take up ‘human-genome self-re-engineering’, as noted elsewhere in this book by Hawking himself, although such would simply “supersede” contemporary genomic humanity in a different way.], couldn’t compete and would be superseded.  And in the future AI could develop a will of its own, a will that is in conflict with ours.” 

“Others believe that humans can command the rate of [F.E.D.:  development of] technology for a decently long time, and that the potential of AI to solve many of the world’s problems will be realised.” 

“Although I am well known as an optimist regarding the human race, I am not so sure.”

“... Little serious research has been devoted to these issues outside a few small non-profit institutes.”

“Fortunately, this is now changing.  Technology pioneers Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak and Elon Musk have echoed my concerns, and a healthy culture of risk assessment and awareness of societal implications is beginning to take root in the AI community.”

“In January 2015, I, along with Elon Musk and many AI experts, signed an open letter on artificial intelligence, calling for serious research into its impact on society.  In the past, Elon Musk has warned that superhuman artificial intelligence is capable of providing incalculable benefits, but if deployed incautiously will have an adverse effect on the human race. ...”


[pp. 193]:  Why are we so worried about artificial intelligence?  Surely humans are always able to pull the plug?

“People asked a computer, “Is there a God?” And the computer said, “There is now,” and fused the plug.”



FYI:  Much of the work of Karl Seldon, and of his collaborators, including work by “yours truly”, is available, for your free-of-charge download, via --


and




Regards,

Miguel Detonacciones,
Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison






















Thursday, February 21, 2019

Part 07: Seldon’s Message Series -- ‘Overcoming Impasses [Gk.: «aporiai»]’.







Part 07:  Seldon’s Message Series --

Overcoming Impasses [Gk.:  «aporiai»].







Dear Readers,



It is my pleasure, and my honor, as an officer of the Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] Office of Public Liaison, to share with you, from time to time, as they are approved for public release by the F.E.D. General Council, key excerpts from the internal writings, and from the internal sayings, of our co-founder, Karl Seldon.

The seventh such release in this new series is entered below [Some E.D. standard edits have been applied, in the version presented below, to the direct transcript of our co-founder’s discourse].


For more information regarding, and for [further] instantiations of, these Seldonian insights, please see --

and



ENJOY!




Regards,


Miguel Detonacciones,

Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Participant, F.E.D. Special Council for Public Liaison,
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.







Dialectic &/as the Overcoming of Impasses [Gk.:  «aporiai»] & of ‘‘‘radical dualisms’’’ [Gk.:  «diaporiai»].

...Perhaps the greatest benefit of the ‘«heuristic organon»’, or thought-tool, that is dialectics is its help in breaking out beyond impasses; in surpassing what the ancient Greek philosophers called «aporiai», including apparently insoluble, polarized ‘‘‘radical dualisms’’’ [«diaporiai»], both of whose poles are, as the French say,  «insupportable».  This ‘«heuristic organon»’ can also help us to see into our future(s) from our present(s), e.g., by pre-constructing and concretely imagining the resolution of a presently unresolved «aporia», and then by recurringly critiquing and thus honing that pre-construction.








Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Stephen Hawking on the Advent of ‘the Meta-Human’, I. -- ‘Human-Genomic Self-Re-Engineering’.







Stephen Hawking on the Advent of the Meta-Human, I. --

Human-Genomic Self-Re-Engineering.







Dear Readers,

We have predicted, as the neo-ontology of the next epoch of cosmological meta-evolution -- at least locally, in our solar system -- an ontologically-dynamical, neo-ontological meta-finite singularity that we call the irruption of the meta-human -- the advent of a new «genos» of three new «species» of cosmological ontology that we call meta-humanity --

Vqh  =  Vh  =  Vh1,  --->  Vh2  =  Vh + Delta Vh  =  Vh + Vqhh |-=  

Vh  + Vy .


We hold that none of the three, dialectically-interrelated «species» of this new «genos» of meta-humanity that we have predicted is as yet extant in the contemporary Terran ecosphere of [mere] humanity.

We also hold that protoic preformations of each of these three «species» are already extant in our times, largely, though not completely, unnoticed as such by most of our contemporaries.

Given this background, it is interesting to read the thoughts of the late physicist, Stephen Hawking, on the systematically first of these three «species, that of ‘human-genomic self-re-engineering, mediated via the human phenome, in his posthumously published, 2018 book Brief Answers to the Big Questions [Bantam Books, NY].

[pp. 160-161]: “... now we are at the beginning of a new era in which we will be able to increase the complexity of our DNA without having to wait for the [F.E.D.:  relatively] slow process of biological evolution.” 

“There has been relatively little change in human DNA in the last 10,000 years.  But it is likely that we will be able to redesign it completely in the next thousand.”

“Of course, many people will say that genetic engineering on humans should be banned.  But I rather doubt that they will be able to prevent it.  Genetic engineering on plants and animals will be allowed for economic reasons, and someone is bound to try it on humans.  Unless we have a totalitarian world order, someone will design improved humans somewhere.”

“Clearly, developing improved humans will create great social and political problems with respect to the unimproved humans.  I’m not advocating human genetic engineering as a good thing, I’m just saying that it is likely to happen in the next millennium, whether we want it or not.”

“This is why I don’t believe science fiction like Star Trek, where people are essentially the same 350 years in the future.”

“I think the human race, and its DNA, will increase its complexity quite rapidly.”

“In a way, the human race needs to improve its mental and physical qualities if it is to deal with the increasingly complex world around it and meet new challenges like space travel.”

“And it also needs to increase its complexity if biological systems are to keep ahead of electronic ones. ...”


FYI:  Much of the work of Karl Seldon, and of his collaborators, including work by “yours truly”, is available, for your free-of-charge download, via --


and




Regards,

Miguel Detonacciones,
Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison























Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Part 06: Seldon’s Message Series -- ‘The human PHENome Overcoming the human GENome’.







Part 06:  Seldon’s Message Series --

The human PHENome «Aufheben»-Overcoming the human GENome.







Dear Readers,



It is my pleasure, and my honor, as an officer of the Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] Office of Public Liaison, to share with you, from time to time, as they are approved for public release by the F.E.D. General Council, key excerpts from the internal writings, and from the internal sayings, of our co-founder, Karl Seldon.

The sixth such release in this new series is entered below [Some E.D. standard edits have been applied, in the version presented below, to the direct transcript of our co-founder’s discourse].


For more information regarding, and for [further] instantiations of, these Seldonian insights, please see --

and



ENJOY!




Regards,


Miguel Detonacciones,

Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Participant, F.E.D. Special Council for Public Liaison,
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.







The human PHENome «Aufheben»-Overcoming the human GENome.

... Terran human «species» history can be viewed, from one vantage, as a progression of re-iterated, continually-advancing, ever-deepening interventions of the human phenome into ‘‘‘the human genome’’’, beginning with simple learning itself, with the passing-on of that learning from generation to generation via ‘exo-somatic’, non-chromosomal, cultural means.  It even includes aberrant selective human [in-]breeding programs of certain ruling aristocracies, supposedly modeled on the selective breeding and ‘‘‘artificial selection’’’ of livestock and of other domesticated animals and plants. ... We predict that this progression will continue to the point of the self-transformation of Terran human «species» ontology into a META-human «species» ontology, via deliberate self-re-engineering of ‘‘‘the human genome’’’, as mediated by and through the human phenome, via its technologies.







Sunday, February 17, 2019

Part 05: Seldon’s Message Series -- ‘The Conservation of “Contradiction”’.



Part 05:  Seldon’s Message Series --

The «Aufheben»-Conservation of Contradiction”’.







Dear Readers,



It is my pleasure, and my honor, as an officer of the Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] Office of Public Liaison, to share with you, from time to time, as they are approved for public release by the F.E.D. General Council, key excerpts from the internal writings, and from the internal sayings, of our co-founder, Karl Seldon.

The fifth such release in this new series is entered below [Some E.D. standard edits have been applied, in the version presented below, to the direct transcript of our co-founder’s discourse].


For more information regarding, and for [further] instantiations of, these Seldonian insights, please see -- 


and



ENJOY!




Regards,


Miguel Detonacciones,

Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Participant, F.E.D. Special Council for Public Liaison,
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.







The «Aufheben»-Conservation of Contradiction”’.

... ‘‘‘Conflicts’’’, dialectical ‘‘‘contradictions’’’, ‘intra-dualities’ and ‘intra-multi-alities’ are, typically, in our experience, not ‘‘‘convolutely’’’ erased, or ‘‘‘abstractly negated’’’/turned into ‘‘‘nothingnesses’’’ [cf. Hegel]. 

Such conflicts are, instead, typically only imperfectly & partially «aufheben»-contained, and ‘‘‘evolutely’’’ «aufheben»-conserved/-retained, within yet-larger-scale conflictual/self-conflictual ‘content-structures’. ... .