Articles from 2015/2016

My most recent writings can be found on LessWrong.  I wrote there rather than here mostly due to the LW/reddit codebase’s superior support for comments and the ready supply of comments/commenters (at least historically – it has been dying). Perhaps the best article I’ve written in a while is The Brain as a Universal Learning Machine, but…

Dark Extraterrestrial Intelligence

In regards to the Fermi Paradox there is a belief common in transhumanist circles that the lack of ‘obvious’ galactic colonization is strong evidence that we are alone, civilization is rare, and thus there is some form of Great Filter.  This viewpoint was espoused early on by writers such as Moravec, Kurzweil, and Hanson; it remains dominant today.  It…

The Case for Bitcoin

If Bitcoin succeeds, future generations will remember it as the greatest investment opportunity in recorded history. The Forbes list of billionaire dynasties will be completely rewritten, with new names such as the Winklevi clan shifted to the front.  A few lucky individuals will become billionaires simply because they tried out this new bitcoin mining app…

Bitcoin: Hype or Revolution?

A Bitcoin evangelist once said : “Bitcoin will either be worth nothing or it will be worth everything.” This mindset makes the case for a compelling small bet gamble: in the worst case one loses ‘only’ 100% of a small wager, in the best case a single bitcoin could eventually be worth millions. Why should…

Singularity Summit 2012

This year the annual transhumanist/futurist/AI/lesswrong conference was expanded to two full days.  In terms of logistics, execution and turnout this was probably the best iteration of the summit I’ve been to, but the price has increased roughly in proportion.  The masonic center in nob hill has a single main auditorium, but it is a most…

A Dialogue

A particularly interesting vision of some future descendant of SIRI/Watson/Google: MORPHEUS JC Denton. 23 years old. No residence. No ancestors. No employer. No — JC DENTON How do you know who I am? MORPHEUS I must greet each visitor with a complete summary of his file. I am a prototype for a much larger system.…

Transhumanism Has Won

February 2010 must be the date that Transhumanism won: when the Black Eyed Peas made a Transhumanist rap video about nothing less than automating away their own jobs and a very robotic future.