Excerpt from: Bob O’Hearn, Time is On My Side – The Conscious Process
Feb 27, 2015
Eight-year-old Gabi Mann loves her corvid friends, and they reciprocate with small trinkets.
Gabi’s “treasures” include a blue paper clip, a Lego piece, a rusty screw and a pearl-colored heart. (Photo: The Bittersweet LifeTwitter)
Like many kids her age, 8-year-old Gabi Mann from Seattle has an interesting collection of treasures. A yellow bead, one blue earring, a tiny light bulb, a paperclip and a rusty screw. But unlike many kids her age, Gabi didn’t collect these treasures herself. They were brought to her by crows.
Yes, you read that right. Like Cinderella, Gabi has bird friends that bring her gifts on a regular basis.
Some might argue that this artificial dark force is already here. Look at how most corporations are run today and ask yourselves who is at the helm.
Artificial intelligence (AI) needs to develop human emotion if humanity is to avoid the potential existential threat posed by machines capable of consciousness, a leading scientist has warned.
Computers that are “human-like” will be capable of empathy and moral reasoning, therefore reducing the risk of AI turning against humanity, he said.
Murray Shanahan, professor of cognitive robotics at Imperial College London, cautioned against “capitalist forces” developing AI without any sense of morality, arguing it could lead to potentially “uncontrollable military technologies.”
Shanahan’s comments follow warnings from leading scientists and entrepreneurs, including Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.
Gates admitted last month that he doesn’t “understand why some people are not concerned” by the threat of AI.
Speaking to the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge last week, Shanahan argued that AI development faces two options.
Either a potentially dangerous AI is developed – with no moral reasoning and based on ruthless optimization processes – or scientists develop AI based on human brains, borrowing from our psychology and even neurology.
“Right now my vote is for option two, in the hope that it will lead to a form of harmonious co-existence [with humanity],” Shanahan said.
AI based on the human brain would not be possible without first mapping the organ – a task the Human Connectome Project (HCP) is undertaking and aims to complete by late 2015.
However, once the map is complete, it could take years to analyze all the data gathered.
Experts disagree as to how long it will be before AI is successfully developed – or if it is even possible.
Estimates range from 15 years to 100 years from now, with Shanahan believing that by the year 2100, AI will be “increasingly likely but still not certain.”
Whether the technology is helpful or harmful to humans depends on which of Shanahan’s two options becomes the driving force behind its development.
There is a fear that current economic and political systems are leading to the development of option one – a machine with no moral reasoning.
“Capitalist forces will drive incentive to produce ruthless maximization processes. With this there is the temptation to develop risky things,” Shanahan said.
For Shanahan, risky things include AI which could rig elections, subvert markets, or become dangerous military technology.
“Within the military sphere governments will build these things just in case the others do it, so it’s a very difficult process to stop.”
Shanahan’s comments echo fears expressed by Gates and Musk last year, both of whom were influenced by Nick Bostrom’s book “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies,” he said.
In his book ‘Superintelligence: Paths, dangers, strategies,’ Nick Bostrom – a professor of philosophy at Oxford University – argues that if machine brains surpass humans in intelligence, they could eventually replace us as the dominant species on earth.
“As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on us humans than on the gorillas themselves,” Bostrom writes, “so the fate of our species then would come to depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence.”
After reading Bostrom’s book, Musk warned that the threat posed by AI could be greater than nuclear weapons. He donated $10 million to the Future of Life Institute in January, a global research program aimed at keeping AI beneficial to humanity.
by John Vibes
February 12, 2015
Lucid dreaming is one of the most mysterious practices on the planet, and many people believe that it can help us unlock the secrets of our psychology. Put in simple terms, lucid dreaming is realizing that you are in a dream while you are in it without waking up.
It is said that if you are able to become conscious within your dream, you can control the outcomes and do absolutely anything. Lucid dreaming was recognized as far back as Aristotle, who said “often when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream.”
OMG! You have to be careful with what you say around these sentient creatures. Discord is not pretty, is it? We should all have such reminders around us.
The post below with Alan Watts introduced me to coincidence theory. I know many of you will embrace this theory as I did. I am starting with this article, and there will be many more on the subject no doubt.
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Comparing the latest research from the fields of neuroscience, psychoanalytic psychology and quantum physics, Mayer and Jahn found some intriguing overlaps. Just as psychologists have spent the last century exploring the unconscious mind, physicists have been exploring that netherworld of physics called intangible dynamics, where string theory and quantum mechanics lurk. Both of these shadow realms violate our everyday understanding of logic and physics, space and time.
Jahn and Mayer say they believe that anomalous phenomena may be a result of some type of information exchange between the unconscious and the intangible. ”Clairvoyance” may actually be snippets of information from the physical world slipping into the unconscious mind and percolating up into awareness. Moving in the opposite direction, the unconscious mind may have the ability to subtly alter the physical world, explaining Jahn’s data using random event generators.