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  1. Brockman ( Afterwords ), founder of a society of intellectuals called The Reality Club, gathers a dozen intriguing essays from its members. MIT researcher K. Eric Drexler says the future will bring nanotechnology, with "computers and robotic arms…
  2. I postulate that human or other intelligent agents function or should function as follows. They store all sensory observations as they come—the data is ‘holy.’ At any time, given some agent’s current coding capabilities, part of the data is…
  3. This Phase I report addresses paragraph 4.A. of the letter establishing the Mars Climate Orbiter (MCO) Mishap Investigation Board (MIB) (Appendix). Specifically, paragraph 4.A. of the letter requests that the MIB focus on any aspects of the MCO…
  4. It was a pleasure to see all major strands of the effective altruism movement gathered in one place at last week's Effective Altruism Summit. Representatives from GiveWell, The Life You Can Save, 80,000 Hours, Giving What We Can, Effective Animal…
  5. Summary: If an artificial intelligence is smart enough to be dangerous, we'd intuitively expect it to be smart enough to know how to make itself safe. But that doesn't mean all smart AIs are safe. To turn that capacity into actual safety, we have to…
  6. In late 2008, economist Robin Hanson and AI theorist Eliezer Yud- kowsky conducted an online debate about the future of artificial intel- ligence, and in particular about whether generally intelligent AIs will be able to improve their own…
  7. We examine evidence of progress in six areas of algorithms research, with an eye to understanding likely algorithmic trajectories after the advent of artificial general intelli- gence. Many of these areas appear to experience fast improvement,…
  8. A few weeks ago a postdoc in my lab logged on to Amazon to buy the lab an extra copy of Peter Lawrence’s The Making of a Fly – a classic work in developmental biology that we – and most other Drosophila developmental biologists – consult regularly.…
  9. Objections to uploading may be parsed into substrate issues, dealing with the computer platform of upload and personal identity. This paper argues that the personal identity issues of uploading are no more or less challenging than those of bodily…