Quora – how would we know if we were an experiment

Quora – How would we know if we’re an experiment in artificial intelligence?

Quite a few different ways of interpreting this.

Have you ever used google? If yes, then you are part of such an experiment.

At the broader scale, of the matrix of existence, there is no possible way of knowing, as to answer the question we would have to be smarter than than the AI, but as a subset of it that would seem to be a very improbable outcome. But there is an infinite set of such unresolvable questions, which is why we have Ockham’s Razor – as one useful mitigation strategy for one set of “halting problems”.

There are no shortage of questions to which we can usefully put our time and energy, like:

How do we spread international cooperation at scale?

How do we ensure, with the greatest probability, that all individuals have the least risk to continued existence, and the greatest degrees of freedom possible (consistent with least risk to survival and greatest degrees of freedom applied universally, which includes as a subset interesting natural and technological environments to “play” in)?

How do we counter the clearly false view that the evolution of complex entities is all about competition, where clearly any new level of complexity is always the result of new levels of cooperation, and human beings are the most complex and cooperative entities we yet know something of?

How do we transition away from the scarcity based values measured by exchange in markets, to abundance based values that actually support individual life and individual liberty at scales approximating infinities?

What do we each do, right now, to best solve these most pressing issues?

It certainly isn’t by delving into questions that have no computable answer (and there is an infinite class of classes of such questions, some of which cannot be proven as such – ie are fundamentally uncertain even in logic as to which class they belong in – so even in logic there are metaphorical quicksands).

Let’s get back to real questions we can solve like:

How to most quickly ensure everyone on the planet has enough to eat, good housing, good sanitation, good health care, good education, transport networks, reasonable degrees of freedom?

These are relatively simple to solve with the technologies we have available today – but are insoluble within a mindset that values scarcity (ie uses markets to generate a value measure).

How do we change that??????????????????


About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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