I just came across a tweet from The Chapman Brain Institute, and a still active survey related to the nature of consciousness (original date of tweet was May 12th). The first page of statements seemed interesting enough, so I decided to write-out the thinking behind all of my answers. …


There are a lot of people thinking about AI Safety, which is fine, but just like the AI Ethics movement, there seems to be a disconnect between “make it safe” and what that actually means in terms of real-world design. …


This post is a collection of thoughts I had while listening to the Brain Inspired podcast episode 98, with Brian Christian, talking about the alignment problem. There are no specific timestamps for each section, nor did I try to connect all of my thoughts into a single exposition.

For every…


Renovatio

We should all pour one out for the cool project ideas that never got off the ground, or were never completed in 2020.

One of the benefits future AI technology is said to bring about is the end of having to work just to pay bills for a lifestyle…


Everyone is allowed to have an opinion, but we live in a time when they are often used as political currency. This post is meant as a kind of somber realization that a good faith effort to engage in constructive dialog for the better part of 2 years, on the…


Everyone knows about the fatal 2018 crash in Tempe, Arizona where an Uber SUV driving in semi-autonomous mode failed to avoid hitting Elaine Herzberg as she was walking her bike across a darkened street. …


by Steven Marlow

Imagine a clear view of a wide expanse, a kind of flat plain nothingness as far as you can see. From where you stand, extending to the horizon directly in front of you, is a set of railroad tracks (don’t worry, this isn’t a trolley thing). The…


*for entertainment purposes only*

We don’t know the earliest moment of human consciousness, and can only speculate that it was on the lowest end of any measure we might use to describe what being conscious even means. There was no Aristotle 15,000 years ago. I would say there was no…


A formal reply to another article.

Carlos E. Perez recently posted an article (AGI via “Selves and Conversations all the way up”) that seemed to occupy the space between the GOFAI and Deep Learning divide, where some form of general intelligence can be reached while still based on neural networks…


This was a comment I posted in response to a video on The Royal Institution YouTube account (https://youtu.be/1grXMbvZOi0). Felt it was best to give it a place of it’s own.

OK. I’m gonna stop you @ 1:06 to say that this “mostly random” idea is wrong. It’s a highly dynamic…

Steven D Marlow

I'm applying for the mad scientist position. Have robot. Will travel.

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