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Revolutionary Moderate

Unless an intelligent alien civilization is located very close to Earth, we will not discover intelligent aliens until we begin to explore our entire galaxy.
Today, 06:24 AM
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starspawn0

It's funny listening to how American Buddhists describe their practices. For example, they talk about their teacher like a lover; in fact, I was listening to a Buddhist podcast, and I got confused, because I thought they were describing a sexual "relationship", instead of a student-teacher one. And then it's also always funny to hear how they describe their "enlightenment". They try to tiptoe around saying that *they* were enlightened, instead describing how other p...
Yesterday, 02:49 PM
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    starspawn0
    Sometimes -- usually -- there are no hidden meanings or motivations; and if one tries to find an explanation, there's a good chance one will just make something up. Such is the problem, also, of "explainable AI". Yes, the AI can find an explanation of its thinking, but such analyses are just as likely to be convincing rationalizations as Freudian analyses.
    Yesterday, 04:28 PM
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    starspawn0
    Now, concerning Buddhism and neuroticism, I was curious of others had noticed this, too; and I found many articles about it. Here is one:
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/buddhism-neurosis-ananda-and-nandawathi/
    Yesterday, 04:32 PM
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    tomasth
    criticizing Marcus plan for AI , was not the only occasion were I was curious about your view , maybe you have an insight that others missed on the matter.
    Many people with similar interest and criticism , had.

    The article you gave was ironic , he is so attached to Buddhism he thinks "All of us are Buddhists after all".

    What is amusing about a buddhist tradition that is assumed to be attached to the Buddha?
    Yesterday, 06:02 PM
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Revolutionary Moderate

A problem with finding alien life is the speed of light. As the universe is really big, the light from exoplanets takes a long time to reach Earth, so we are seeing these exoplanets are they were in the past, not as they are, so if we ever find an exoplanet that almost certainly has alien life living on it, we must send a spacecraft to see if it does.
Yesterday, 10:28 AM
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10 year march

I might purchase Gartner's hype cycle for AI document I will make a account and check out the price
Yesterday, 02:09 AM
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    Erowind
    it'd be chill to hear your thoughts if you do
    Today, 09:18 AM
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10 year march

What other good AGI forums are there so I can watch AGI develop through all the new AGI news and discussions (dont worry I will leave politics out of a pure AGI/AI forum lol)
Yesterday, 01:30 AM
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Revolutionary Moderate

Suppose you are able to time travel easier than it actually is. Would you want to time travel and if so, when would you want to be? For myself, I would want to time travel and arrive in 2050 because I don't want to go too far into the future without seeing everything that has changed since I last saw in the past.
Yesterday, 12:23 AM
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Ewolf20

Will COVID lead to the extinction of America?
Nov 28 2020 07:17 PM
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    10 year march
    It's possible the US will collapse in some years not saying it will happen just that it's possible.
    Nov 28 2020 09:45 PM
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    Jessica
    I think America has so much division that it could easily rip itself apart. God help us all.
    Nov 28 2020 10:31 PM
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    Maximus
    Not directly, but it definitely has played its part in the current deterioration of American civil society that we're seeing. Historians may well look back on COVID as a contributing cause to the collapse of American primacy in the world.
    Yesterday, 02:05 AM
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funkervogt

Two COVID articles: 1) How Likely is a Second wave? (https://lockdownsceptics.org/addressing-the-cv19-second-wave/); 2) 50,000 COVID-19 deaths and rising. How Britain failed to stop the second wave (https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/health-coronavirus-britain-newwave/)
Nov 28 2020 07:07 PM
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    Maximus
    Well the first article answers the second one. Because a bunch of adult babies don't care about science or evidence, but only about their feelings.
    Nov 28 2020 09:39 PM
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starspawn0

Ernest Cline's "Ready Player Two" is features brain-computer interfaces + VR as key technologies for the plot ("Ready Player One" reflected on VR): https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/11/24/ready-player-two-ernest-cline The idea of an "empathy machine" is, coincidentally, something I wrote about here: https://www.futuretimeline.net/forum/topic/22959-my-thoughts-on-kernels-flow-brain-scan-device-event-and-the-future/?p=288144
Nov 28 2020 02:29 PM
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    starspawn0
    I think that's going to happen. It looks like it will be easy to build on top of next-gen BCIs, and will probably be popular. It also is something that BCIs offer that no other technology *can*.
    Nov 28 2020 02:32 PM
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Revolutionary Moderate

Finding alien life will be easy as there are several places in our solar system where they could exist, like Mars, Europa, etc. Finding intelligent alien life will be much harder as we would basically have to find another Earth.
Nov 28 2020 08:41 AM
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10 year march

Part of me sometimes thinks Ray Kurzweil is transgender (without knowing it). I keep remembering clips of Ray talking about how he wants to live in a VR world as a woman called Ramona and does so in various video games such as second life ect. I believe he said his recent book about a girl was inspired by him thinking what he would be like as a young inventor girl. He talks about this stuff in movies as well. Here is a short clip showing what I mean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EjcIwcRwwo
Nov 28 2020 07:01 AM
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    funkervogt
    Maybe he is.
    Nov 28 2020 07:08 PM
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    funkervogt
    Maybe he is.
    Nov 28 2020 07:08 PM
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    lechwall
    I don't think so it's just wanting to experience something different for once. Ray is very open minded and very rich he'd have transitioned if he was transgender since he hasn't I'd say its pretty likely he isn't
    Yesterday, 12:46 AM
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starspawn0

Socialism has been criticized as "slowing progress" and growth. That's maybe not necessarily true; but why is it a *bad* thing to slow growth? I think once tech progress advances even more, and physical labor becomes automated away, people will be wishing things *did* go a little slower. Beyond that, AI is going to trounce human intelligence in every field; even genetically-enhanced humans will not be able to compete -- and this will happen very soon.
Nov 28 2020 12:04 AM
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    10 year march
    This excludes the 1940s due to WW2 which is excluded for relevant heavily involved countries by most economic organizations. They exclude all of the 41-50 period to get rid of the high growth post war rebound as well for balance.
    Nov 28 2020 05:03 AM
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    tomasth
    starspawn0 ,
    Why would "people will be wishing things *did* go a little slower" ? They may wish it to go the right way , but fast forward is a good on its own (the more is capable the more good options there are).
    Nov 28 2020 07:47 AM
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    R8Z
    As long as the "slow down" is voluntary by EVERYONE and no one is kept in this society having to socialize their property against their will: that's all fine. As soon as someone is forced into this scheme; better bring your guns (force/power): you've created a tyrannical government and only force will keep it going. People will get hurt.

    If you need a mental image to understand: hippie communes are ok. Soviet Russia and national socialism is not ok.
    Yesterday, 03:03 AM
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funkervogt

And in 30 years, he'll say he knew the future world depicted in "A.I." was inevitable. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8992445/Jude-Law-says-warned-filming-Contagion-real-pandemic-inevitable.html
Nov 27 2020 03:11 PM
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    10 year march
    XD
    Nov 28 2020 05:34 AM
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Erowind

I think ODST is my favorite halo
Nov 27 2020 12:29 PM
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    Maximus
    Man I miss those days playing ODST and the early Halos. It was chill walking at night through the streets of New Mombasa. That series got me into futurism in the first place.
    Nov 27 2020 08:03 PM
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    Erowind
    The space elevator in the 4th level put a smile on my face. Right on, it's so atmospheric
    Nov 27 2020 09:46 PM
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Revolutionary Moderate

Until we find intelligent aliens, I will remain uncertain if our fondness of killing each other is a trait that all intelligent life has.
Nov 27 2020 03:17 AM
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    Maximus
    Why are you assuming we are the only intelligent life on this planet? Chimpanzees are pretty intelligent, and they also kill each other.
    Nov 27 2020 04:58 AM
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    Revolutionary Moderate
    I meant human-level intelligence.
    Nov 28 2020 12:52 AM