Category Archives: Technology

Bridging Real-Time Artificial Collective Superintelligence and Human Mediation

Bridging Real-Time Artificial Collective Superintelligence and Human Mediation, The Sparse-Update Model [ 31/July/22 ] Great paper. One quibble is on the role of cooperation in evolution. One needs to be able to see the context dependencies of that. It is … Continue reading

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Comment’s on the Uplift/Norn discord channel

Comment’s on the Uplift/Norn discord channel [ 31/July/22 ] As I see human intelligence operating, every function, every element of logic or emotion or whatever, has some degree of random search instantiated within it, as well as some set of … Continue reading

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Nuclear power

Nuclear power [ 24/July/22 ] Yes – of course, there is a lot more energy in the bonds of the nucleus than in those between electrons. And the real situation is deeply more complex. To get 1Kg of U235 typically … Continue reading

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Lex interviews Demis Hassabis

Demis Hassabis: DeepMind – AI, Superintelligence & the Future of Humanity | Lex Fridman Podcast #299 [ 2/July/22 ] Brilliant interview (again) – thanks Lex. For Demis: For me, the best definition of life is recursive levels of “search”, across … Continue reading

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Facebook link to Greenpeace – Stop the Feedlots

[ 17/June/22 ] Feedlots, in and of themselves, are not the problem. If done well, feedlots can eliminate the problem.If done badly, they can make the problem worse. The issue is not feedlots in and of themselves as a concept, … Continue reading

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Lex interviewing Robin Hanson

Robin Hanson: Alien Civilizations, UFOs, and the Future of Humanity | Lex Fridman Podcast #292 [ 14/June/22 ] I’ve had my share of arguments with Robin over the years, and I give him full respect for his knowledge of economics; … Continue reading

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High speed rail

Proposed route of train from Los Angeles, California to London. [ 14/June/22 ] To get across the Bering Strait there are only 2 40km tunnel segments required. The big issues isn’t the strait, it is the tectonic activity of North … Continue reading

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Technology and survival

Ken asked – How many Lifeboat readers think that only advanced technology will solve our ecological problems – and how many think we can only solve them by using less technology? [ 12/June/22 ] I agree in part with Aric … Continue reading

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Using fire to kill weeds

Using fire to clear weeds from pasture [ 9/June/22 ] CO2 is a chemical residue we have some concern about at present. And the assumption that CH4 + O2 leaves only CO2 and H2O assumes perfect combustion. Combustion in air … Continue reading

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Difficulties in transition to Solar energy

Comment to Ngaio’s post on Role of energy cost in inflation [ 8/June/22 ] The energy our civilisation uses mostly comes from fossil fuels and is equivalent to each of us having about 200 slaves working for us (but these … Continue reading

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