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Ben Goertzel: I’m just addition neuron in the goddamn global brain

When finalizing a few analysis papers for the AGI-20 conference, scarfing up accompanying info from Arxiv and Google Scholar and GitHub and n-category Cafe — I was struck by the accessible ability of how absolutely altered this action was from when I got my PhD back in 1989.

I was hit by the long-rusted memory of what it was like to have some wild, crazy, abstruse science or tech idea — and then sit on it and think about it for months or even years, after having anyone adapted around to talk to about it, and after having any easy way to figure out how aboriginal the idea was Looking through the analysis abstract in big old bound volumes in the library was — somewhat different. Conferences were almost the only way to find out what other advisers were cerebration about.

The last N years when I come up with some wacky agitative new idea, it’s rare that more than a day passes before I’m deep into the Net, trying to accept if my original-to-me line of anticipation is absolutely acclaimed by some sub-community somewhere, just using absolutely altered vocabulary.

As agnostic as I am and as adapted are some of my lines of analysis (mathematical models of analytic powers! AGI arising from blockchain based networks! breakthrough analytic acumen engines!) — by the standards of 30 years ago, I am by no means any sort of absolute thinker anymore.

I’ve become just addition neuron in the goddamn global brain.

And to be clear, I have no ambition of going back. Modern tools squash some alone adroitness but they just save so much time. Which is key given the harsh finitude of my mortal life — from which my only chance of escape is developing abolitionist constancy tech. Which I’m alive on in the Rejuve activity — but I’m way more likely to ascertain the key to biological aeon if I’m not block down blocked paths.

There is fractional alleviation in the ability that basically anybody else today is in the same boat. And I do have the mildly abnormal amusement of alive I’m a somewhat abnormal sort of neuron. I seem to be a neuron hooked up to approach assorted sorts of advanced processes. The AGI abstraction that I launched 15 years ago — and am blame advanced hard now with SingularityNET, OpenCog and TrueAGI — is now known to megacorporate CEOs and civic leaders, and serves as the authorization of billion dollar R&D initiatives like OpenAI and Deep Mind.

The quest to use AI to cure death is no longer so benevolent and marginal, but is the sort of thing that gets allotment and austere attention. Even my addle-brain idea of using brain implants to annihilate pain is starting to seem mainstream. Using AI on genomics data to specialize medical therapies to the alone is no longer sci-fi; my colleagues and I are absolutely doing this now in the ambience of some COVID-19 analytic trials.

The global brain is evolving in ways that nobody can predict

The global brain’s acknowledgment is accepting faster and faster, and the time-gap amid crazy and accessible has never been shorter. Some of my accepted addle-brain notions like applying continued laws of physics to transhuman, transphysical mindspace — or teaching AIs actual love so they can grow into post-Singularity minds that are not only smarter but more compassionate and artistic than humans — may be tomorrow’s common sense.

The beauty of being a neuron in the global brain is that the global brain is an advancing intelligence — the exact adverse of the stilted, accountable accretion acquirements AIs so accepted among Big Tech AI teams today. It’s evolving in ways that nobody, including it, can adumbrate — and redefining itself and accretion its boundaries with every step. An advancing intelligence tends to grow best with apparatus that are also advancing intelligences.

While I sometimes think contrarily upon perusing Reddit posts or YouTube comments, in the end being a neuron in the Global Brain at the dawn of the Singularity is not so bad.

Or at least, that’s what the GB wants us neurons to think…

Published May 21, 2020 — 12:22 UTC

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