How’s your in-between coming along?
Landmark in one of their advanced courses had a phrase on the white board:
and the conversation that went with it went something like:
“See that little dot, that is your life, the period between birth and death. What are you making of it?”
Ask myself that question most days.
Ask myself many questions most days!
Still searching for a high probability path of delivering the greatest possible security with the greatest possible freedom to every person (self aware entity – human and non-human, biological and non-biological).
And I keep taking such opportunities as seem appropriate.
And any finite period is as nothing compared to any infinity.
And we are not yet certain if we are actually dealing with any infinities, or just very large approximations.
Spent some time on the latest MIRI newsletter (Machine Intelligence Research Institute) over the last couple of days. What they are doing is interesting, yet I cannot help but think that they have it fundamentally inverted. Evolved intelligence is not about optimising utility functions; it is about the differential survival probabilities of the systems that have actually been instantiated.
To the degree that such systems can be thought of as having “utility functions”, then their approach has some utility, but the reality of evolution just seems to be one of largely randomly generated sets of variations either surviving or not in particular contexts.
That is a very different sort of thing.
Not many people in the AI community seem to have actually gotten the systemic depths of that distinction. The probability landscapes that result are very different.
And this dot I am living seems to be generating interest and diversity 😉