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Brief Pause

There will be a brief pause in posts while I attend NIPS where I'm organising the Kinds of Intelligence symposium.

Interaction Tests

Some informal prototypes for testing the hypothesis that interaction makes a noticeable difference when trying to decode information in the world.

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The Unreliability of Introspection

I present a classic experiment and show a nice example of the lack of precision in our peripheral vision. I argue that this doesn't show that we are commonly mistaken about the contents of consciousness, but just that the contents contain generally include high-level predictions of the world.

The Refrigerator Light Illusion and a Mindfulness Tool

Is your refrigerator light on when the door is closed? How can you ever know? Perhaps consciousness works in the same way. Are you conscious when you're not specifically noticing it? How can you ever know? This post includes a tool for discussing this question that also works well as a mindfulness reminder.

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The Power of Prediction (1)

I show a visual example of one of the powers of decoding information through prediction. A network built to predict its inputs automatically filters out noise.

Strange Loops Part 3: How to Build One

In the last two posts I explored strange loops and argued that humans are perfect examples of them. In this post I discuss how to build them.

Strange Loops Part 2: You are a Strange Loop!

In the last post I broke down the components of strange loops. In this instalment go through the components one by one to see whether or not you are a strange loop.

Strange Loops Part 1: What is a Strange Loop?

Douglas Hofstadter thinks you are a strange loop. I think he's right. Unfortunately, the two best examples of strange loops are Gödel's incompleteness theorem and the human brain, neither of which are particularly easy to understand. In this post I break down the key components of strange loops (without too much logic). In the following weeks I will cover the ways in which we are strange loops, and how we can use modern AI to build them.

Human vs Machine Intelligence

AI improves along the dimension that we use to measure it. If we use a human-inspired definition of intelligence to determine our measures of success, we should expect more human-like AI. If we use a machine-oriented definition of intelligence, we should expect less human-like AI. I analyse the two different definitions of intelligence and conclud that, whether wise or foolish, we are currently walking the path towards human-like AI.

Investigating the BAAN Scenario

In the Benevolent Artificial Anti-Natalism scenario it is imagined that a superintelligence, being not susceptible to existence bias, might realise that human suffering is inevitable and use its powers to compassionately prevent the human race from continued existence.

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