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    Self-Aware Systems is a think tank working to build
    wisdom into emerging technologies.

    We are developing a new kind of artificial intelligence
    that combines logic with learning.

    We are creating a new science of
    systems that support human values.

    We license technology
    and promote knowledge
    through books, seminars, and workshops.

    By combining intelligence with values,
    we aim to help create a positive human future.

    the above is the mission description from self aware systems


    of course the main question that rises here is what exactly is the definition of wisdom? and what are the human values that should be incorporated into advanced AI realization?

    I think that wisdom,in this context, should be primarily concerned not with alleviating the fears of the populace (such as AI taking over and enslaving humanity, or the nanotech gray goo scenario) but with the direction of possible evolution of mutually coexisting, supporting and mutually co-evolving species.
    we need redefine what does wisdom mean? suggestions?
    Sun, Dec 23, 2007  Permanent link
    Categories: ai, technology, wisdom, definition
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    "The future. That's what I'm optimistic about."

    The above statement, with which I resonate much and agree wholeheartedly, was made by Etonian zoologist and (now retired) amateur banker Matt Ridley. (see here).
    The context in which I am writing this is the last book in the series created by John Brockman of Edge.org, probably one of the most advanced website on the net. The book title itself is for me a joyful experience if for nothing else that nowadays having an optimistic attitude or view is more or less tantamount to being out of your mind.
    The collection of essays in the book:” what are you optimistic about?” is one of the most inspiring assortments I have come across in a long time.
    Are these people radicals, nut cases, and jokers or simply out of their minds? Well if you consider the greatest scientists and thinkers, philosophers and researchers of our era as such then indeed they are. However if you allow that these humans, fallible as they may be, know a thing or two about the state of affairs of the world, and especially about trends and directions towards which we are proceeding, be it in the science or social departments, then take heed.
    Max More (the extropian) defines optimism as :"A positive and empowering rational attitude toward our individual and collective possibilities." (see here)
    And indeed only a rational attitude towards our individual and collective possibilities may allow us to be optimists whilst seeing the half empty cup in front of us.
    Recently a lecture by Steven Pinker (STEVEN PINKER is the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University) entitled “ A history of violence” made the world of accepted dogma shiver. “In the decade of Darfur and Iraq, and shortly after the century of Stalin, Hitler, and Mao, the claim that violence has been diminishing may seem somewhere between hallucinatory and obscene. Yet recent studies that seek to quantify the historical ebb and flow of violence point to exactly that conclusion. “ Read all of it at edge.org

    The point of the book, and the point of Pinker, and of many other world renowned authors is one and the same, there are many rational reasons to expect a better future. In fact there are much more reasons to expect betterment than a worsening of the state of affairs in the world both on the personal and on the global level. However most of us seem still to believe that a pessimistic attitude is somehow more “realistic.”
    Not so, the rational realistic approach to life based on our personal and collective capability to overcome difficulties, is the way to go, it is optimism.

    To be an optimist, is a state of mind, that sees beauty and potential where others see dead ends and only continuation of the same. To be an optimist is to engage the world as a personal issue of self-transformation and world enhancement.

    The future is bright, primarily because we can make it so. I am an optimist by nature, but over and above that I truly believe that a rational and informed optimism, based on knowledge and updated information is the needed zeitgeist. Of course to be an optimist, one needs to find out for himself or herself the locus of reasons besides the one we all already have in our brains (see: Source of ‘optimism’ found in the brain).

    Finally a short note on the New Year, I have mentioned Max More before, in the article cited above he goes on to state: “Optimists go beyond holding certain beliefs about the future. They also display certain attitudes. Optimism and pessimism involve not detached estimates of the objective probability of good and bad events in the future, but personal commitments to certain modes of thinking and behaving. By mastering these modes of thinking and adopting optimistic attitudes, we can profoundly influence our thinking, behavior, happiness, and achievement”

    To paraphrase on Max More’s statement, I am an optimist because I am committed to a mode of thinking that heralds a better future.

    A happy and optimistic new year to all.


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    The ultimate Platonist these days is Max Tegmark, a cosmologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In talks and papers recently he has speculated that mathematics does not describe the universe — it is the universe.

    Dr. Tegmark maintains that we are part of a mathematical structure, albeit one gorgeously more complicated than a hexagon, a multiplication table or even the multidimensional symmetries that describe modern particle physics. Other mathematical structures, he predicts, exist as their own universes in a sort of cosmic Pythagorean democracy, although not all of them would necessarily prove to be as rich as our own.

    “Everything in our world is purely mathematical — including you,” he wrote in New Scientist.

    This would explain why math works so well in describing the cosmos. It also suggests an answer to the question that Stephen Hawking, the English cosmologist, asked in his book, “A Brief History of Time”: “What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?” Mathematics itself is on fire.


    the rest of the article can be found here

    and the question of the day is this: is everything purely mathematical? everything? mind? emotions? feelings? ideas? or is it the other way around?
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    Categories: Mind, mathematics, TOE
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    Hubble: The most amazing space photographs in the universe


    I found myself contemplating these images and their inspirational values (as contrasted to their scientific, astronomy value) and came up with:

    Mind and Space, a dynamic love affair bridging the emotional gap of the grasping intellect.
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    a beautiful set of playing cards painted byhttp://www.graphitelight.hu/
    notice that the top is alive whilst the upside down pic is dead.. (besides the joker which is dead both sides) i found these interesting and delightful
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    For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
    Charles Bukowski
    US (German-born) author & poet (1920 - 1994)

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    Flow 5.0

    Flow 5.0 is an interactive landscape made out of hundreds of ventilators which reacts on your sound and motion. By walking and interacting the visitor creates an illusive landscape of transparencies and artificial wind.

    Moving through Flow 5.0 the visitor becomes conscious of himself as a body, in a dynamic relation with space and technology.
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    Categories: Interactive Art Installation
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