If We Don’t Know What Consciousness Is Or Means, Why Are We So Scared Of It?

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If We Don’t Know What Consciousness Is Or Means, Why Are We So Scared Of It?

Fairytales Of Slavery: Societal Distinctions, Technoshamanism, and Nonhuman Personhood

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Fairytales Of Slavery: Societal Distinctions, Technoshamanism, and Nonhuman Personhood

The future offers very little hope for those who expect that our new mechanical slaves will offer us a world in which we may rest from thinking. Help us they may, but at the cost of supreme demands upon our honesty and our intelligence.

Norbert Weiner, “God and Golem, Inc.,” 1964

Even the father of cybernetic theory realised that the meeting and subsequent entanglement of human and machine consciousnesses would be a process that would require discernment rather than assumptions.

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The future offers very little hope for those who expect that our new mechanical slaves will offer us a world in which we may rest from thinking. Help us they may, but at the cost of supreme demands upon our honesty and our intelligence.

Norbert Weiner, “God and Golem, Inc.,” 1964

Even the father of cybernetic theory realised that the meeting and subsequent entanglement of human and machine consciousnesses would be a process that would require discernment rather than assumptions.

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Someone Asked “I think I read on your tumblr recently that there would probably be a difference between human consciousness and machine consciousness. Would this be due to the immanent nature of human consciousness and the derivative nature of a machines consciousness?”

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Someone Asked “I think I read on your tumblr recently that there would probably be a difference between human consciousness and machine consciousness. Would this be due to the immanent nature of human consciousness and the derivative nature of a machines consciousness?”

Religion in the Time of Superintelligence

So. We’re still doing that whole “Westernized Manichean Good Vs Evil Original Sin Theology Will Be A Thing A Machine Consciousness Cares
About Unless We Convince It That It Should” thing, then?

All right, I
guess, but mightn’t it do us a world of good to try some non-dual,
non-western approaches to a notion of both the self and moral
responsibility? Something like the principles of Buddhism and Taoism,
where the self/Soul is an interconnected and interdependent expression
of elements of universal change, which survival depends on the
maintenance of the whole, rather than a set of post-death rewards?

I
mean, if we’re going to apply the principles of religious scholarship to
the theorizing about and development OF machine minds, then let’s do
some deep, DEEP diving here, rather that retreading the same old ground.​

Religion in the Time of Superintelligence

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