BICA conference @ MIT, Nov 7-9

Hey all — I’ll be at MIT at the BICA-2014 conference from Nov 7-9 … if anyone is around MIT and wants to chat about AGI or other interesting issues, send me an email and then come by BICA and join me and my OpenCog chums for a lunch or dinner or whatever….

THE ELEVENTY-TWELVE LAWS OF MADNESS

At last I have made a truly major scientific discovery.  It came to me while I was sleeping last night.

Due to interacting with a large number of “not traditionally sane” people recently, I have managed to induce the precise mathematical laws governing their internal and external operations.

(Or, OK, maybe it’s just a poem of sorts – whatever — )

Anyhow, hereby I present to you … THE ELEVENTY-TWELVE LAWS OF MADNESS:

(feel free to suggest additions in the comments!)


  • FIRST LAW OF MADNESS: WAHAHAHAHAHAHRRRRGGGGGHHHH !!!
  • INVISIBLE LAW OF  OF MADNESS :
  • WORST LAW OF OF MADNESS: FUCK YOU!  FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU!
  • THIRD LAW OF MADNESS: FOR EVERY ACTION THERE IS AN EIGHTY-TWELVE TIMES OR MORE WILDLY EXAGGERATED AND OPPOSITE OR RANDOMLY DIRECTED REACTION
  • BEST LAW OF  OF MADNESS: aaaawwwwwww….
  • KURZWEILIAN/MAYAN LAW OF MADNESS ; 20XY
  • FUCKING LAW OF MADNESS; FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK
  • FINNEGAN’S LAW OF MADNESS: BABABADALGHARAGHTAKAMMIN ARRONNKONNBRONNTONNERRONNTUONNTHUNNTROVARRHOUNAWNSKAWNTOOHOOHOORDENENTHURNUK
  • LOVELY LAW OF MADNESS: i love u, i love u, i love u ;)
  • OTHER LOVELY LAW OF MADNESS: I LOVE EVERYTHING SO MUCH, IT FUCKING OVERWHELMS ME AND MAKES ME SPLIT MY BOUNDARIES AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO
  • HORNY LAW  OF MADNESS: IT’S TIME TO EJACULATE THE WHOLE GODDAMNED COSMOS — YEEAAHHHH  !!!!
  • SOCIAL LAW OF MADNESS: WHY AM I SURROUNDED BY SO MANY TOTAL FUCKING ASSHOLES? WHY ARE THEY TRYING TO PROGRAM MY BRAIN WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY?   RRRRARWWGGGRRRR!!!
  • INFINITY LAW OF MADNESS: This page intentionally left blank.
  • ELEVENTY-TEENTH PERCEPTUAL LAW OF MADNESS: what i see is what u get, hahaha 8-D
  • ELEVENTY-TEENTH FUCKING SHIT PERCEPTUAL LAW OF CRAP MADNESS: WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT I GET, MOTHERFUCKER, AND THAT’S WHY I HAVE TO EAT YOUR FLESH !!!
  • MATHEMATICAL LAW OF MADNESS: I could  prove that mathematically but i don’t have the time — time is an illusion anyway — and how can anyone “have” anything since none of us exist ? In fact (there are no facts) sooo —
  • CONFUSED LAW OF MADNESS: I just have no fucking clue about any of this … including myself (whatever that may be); I mean …
  • SECOND LAW OF MADNESS-DYNAMICS : The amount of madness in a closed, open, opzed, clopen or any other kind of system or non systematic entity or nonentity is always going to fucking increase, subject only to the nonexistent constraint that time doesn’t exist anyway —
  • LAW OF MAXIMUM MADNESS PRODUCTION; something about madness increasing along trajectories? someone will work it out eventually…
  • OM LAW OF MADNESS : some crazy lady says my clit is a transcendent machine for turning physical movement into cosmogonic WHHHAAAAA???!!!!!
  • SEVENTY-TENTH LAW OF MADNESS ; I WANT U, I WANT U, I WANT U !!  WELL ACTUALLY I WANT TO EAT YOUR FLESH !!!  OR MAYBE I DON’T, I DON’T KNOW –
  • ANTI-KORZYBSKIAN LAW OF MADNESS: THE MAP SURE IS THE FUCKING TERRITORY IF I FUCKING SAY IT IS, MOTHERFUCKER!!! DON’T TRY TO TELL ME IT ISN’T OR I’LL FUCKING SMASH YOUR FUCKING FACE !!!
  • NAMELESS LAW OF MADNESS: blah blah blah blah blah blah
  • QUANTUM LAW OF MADNESS: I can’t understand quantum mechanics and i can’t understand you, therefore you are quantum mechanics !!!
  • RELATIVISTIC LAW OF MADNESS: EVERYTHING IS RELATIVE, THEREFORE YOU ARE MY RELATIVE, THEREFORE ALL MY PROBLEMS ARE YOUR FAULT AND I NEED TO FUCKING KILL YOU !!!
  • JEWISH LAW OF MADNESS:  i know it’s all my fault somehow ;-(
  • MCKENNA’S LAW OF MADNESS: THEY REALLY ARE ALIENS!!! REALLY!!!!!
  • STONED LAW OF MADNESS: Whoa…..  I mean, like — whooaaa…..  I mean… –
  • SENILE LAW OF MADNESS: Uhhhh……
  • LITERARY LAW OF MADNESS : WORDS HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO MEANING, BUT I HAVE TO PRODUCE A FUCKING LOT OF THEM ANYWAY !!!
  • TYPOGRAPHICAL LAW OF MADNESS: ALWAYS WRITE IN ALL CAPS!!! JUST BECAUSE !!!
  • WONDERFUL LAW OF MADNESS: IT’S JUST SO FUCKING GREAT TO BE ALIVE !!!
  • CONTEXTUAL LAW OF MADNESS:
  • TRANSPARENT LAW OF MADNESS: I CAN SEE EVERYTHING SO FUCKING CLEARLY NOW!!  WHY CAN’T YOU UNDERSTAND??!!
  • PROPHETIC LAW OF MADNESS: I CAN SEE THE FUTURE AND YOU CAN’T !!!   WHY DON’T YOU BELIEVE ME, GODDAMNIT ?!?!
  • MANIC LAW OF MADNESS: WHY IS EVERYTHING GOING SO SLOWLY?
  • MANIC LAW OF MADNESS: WHY IS EVERYTHING GOING SO QUICKLY??
  • CRACKPOT’S LAW OF MADNESS:  I AM SO RIGHT!  THEY ARE SO WRONG!  AND THIS REALLY  MATTERS A LOT !!!!
  • HAMEROFF’S LAW OF MADNESS: MICROTUBULES! MICROTUBULES! MICROTUBULES!
  • PSYCHIC LAW  OF MADNESS; Trans-quantum morphic resonance voodoo, eight billion and twelve fuckingteen; objective reality, zero …
  • DEPRESSIVE LAW OF MADNESS: Everything is bad and annoying and upsetting , and whatever may happen, it certainly always will be….  There is no fucking hope at all; probably not for anything , definitely not for me …
  • BORING LAW  OF MADNESS: EVERYTHING IS SO FUCKING UTTERLY BORING!!! … ESPECIALLY MY STUPID FUCKING BORING MIND THAT THINKS EVERYTHING IS SO FUCKING BORING AND WANTS TO KEEP TYPING BORING THINGS IN ALL FUCKING CAPS
  • VOLATILE LAW  OF MADNESS: I LOVE YOU! I HATE YOU!  I LOVE YOU!  I HATE YOU!  I WAAAAAHHHHUUAAGGHHH!!!!
  • SUIDICAL LAW OF MADNESS:  … life is so fucking pointless and painful; i really have to kill myself; i can’t bear one more fucking minute of this — but killing myself seems really fucking annoying and painful too — fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck …
  • EMPTY LAW OF MADNESS: [         ]
  • FUCKING LAW OF MADNESS AGAIN: FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK
  • BLISSFUL LAW OF MADNESS: ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)   ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)
  • EXTRA LAW OF MADNESS

Jose’ Cordeiro on the Technological Singularity @ Hong Kong Poly U

Acclaimed futurist Dr. Jose’ Cordeiro will be speaking at Hong Kong Poly U at 7PM on September 4, in room V1101 in the Jockey Club Innovation Tower (11th floor), on the topic of the Technological Singularity.    His lecture is open to the public.

The Singularity: The Future of Technology and the Technology of the Future

Change is not constant. In fact, change is accelerating very fast. Some technologies are radically changing humanity, in general, and also changing human beings, in particular. Many experts now talk about the four sciences and technologies of the future, which they refer to as NBIC: Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno. Furthermore, the NBIC fields are rapidly converging at an accelerating rate and they will help to transcend many human limitations in order to improve human lives all around the world, and beyond our tiny planet. We are truly moving rapidly towards a new world led by scientific discoveries and technological innovations. Humanity is fast approaching what some people call the “Singularity,” the moment when artificial intelligence will reach human intelligence levels, and then quickly overtake it. Perhaps then some humans might become transhumans and posthumans, forever changing life on Earth and the universe.

Advances toward the Singularity are being made all around the world, including at Hong Kong Poly U where Professor Gino Yu’s lab is working on Artificial General Intelligence as part of the OpenCog project, in collaboration with Dr. Ben Goertzel and with David Hanson of Hanson Robotics.

Professor Jose Cordeiro from Singularity University will touch on all these themes and more, in his talk on The Singularity: The Future of Technology and the Technology of the Future.

About Dr. Jose’ Cordeiro

Dr. Cordeiro is chair of the Venezuela Node of The Millennium Project, founding faculty and energy advisor for Singularity University, founder of the World Future Society’s Venezuela Chapter, co-founder of the IberoAmerican Transhumanist Association, and former director of the Club of Rome (Venezuela Chapter), World Transhumanist Association (Humanity+) and the Extropy Institute.

For more information about Prof. Jose Cordeiro: www.cordeiro.org

At the End of the World…

… At the end of the world, there will be only two people left … me and some Hongkongese guy.  He will be walking very slowly, right in front of me, unaware of my existence, staring at his phone and desperately sending text messages to himself….

New book: Between Ape and Artilect

A book version of the various interviews I did for H+ Magazine over the last few years (with me mainly as the interviewer) …

http://www.amazon.com/Best-H-Magazine-Vol-1-2008-2010/dp/1496073312

For purchase in hardcopy, or free online as PDF … ;)

Lead guitarist of Devo bites the dust… ;o

Sadly, it seems the second-Mongoloid-in-command, Bob Casale, has left us…

http://eprotoeu.mtiny.com/article.ftl?id=512200&cc=ND

It will be imperative to resurrect him post-Singularity so he can do this again:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2tZqXWa7no

Given that Devo foresaw the devo-lution of humanity well before “Idiocracy”, it will be ironic to see “Are we Not Men — We are Devo!” performed by robots containing the uploaded minds of the members of Devo ;) …  (Followed up perhaps by Post Post Modern Man ?)

Really though — It’s a weird feeling to see the musicians I enjoyed in my teen years, who seemed so young and robust, bite the dust one after the other….  Such a ridiculous loss of talent, knowledge, soul….

Fortunately, we are moving toward radical life extension now, in a serious way.   Unfortunately, we are moving in that direction far more slowly than we could be, due to our society prioritizing various things like warfare, lingerie, shiny cars, plastic Jesuses and chocolatier chocolate over working toward the end of the suffering that aging and death bring.

And so it goes at this time in this plane of being.

But of course, as my beloved comrade Gino says, “Right here, right now it’s good to be alive.”

Which unfortunately Bob Casale is no more.

And let us admire the poetry once again ;-)

MONGOLOID HE WAS A MONGOLOID
HAPPIER THAN YOU AND ME
MONGOLOID HE WAS A MONGOLOID
AND IT DETERMINED WHAT HE COULD SEE
MONGOLOID HE WAS A MONGOLOID
ONE CHROMOSOME TOO MANY
MONGOLOID HE WAS A MONGOLOID
AND IT DETERMINED WHAT HE COULD SEE
AND HE WORE A HAT
AND HE HAD A JOB
AND HE BROUGHT HOME THE BACON
SO THAT NO ONE KNEW
MONGOLOID, MONGOLOID
HIS FRIENDS WERE UNAWARE
MONGOLOID, MONGOLOID
NOBODY EVEN CARED
MONGOLOID HE WAS A MONGOLOID
ONE CHROMOSOME TOO MANY
MONGOLOID HE WAS A MONGOLOID
AND IT DETERMINED WHAT HE COULD SEE
AND HE WORE A HAT
AND HE HAD A JOB
AND HE BROUGHT HOME THE BACON
SO THAT NO ONE KNEW

And of course that classic of 20th century philosophy, Freedom of Choice:

In ancient Rome, there was a poem
About a dog, who found two bones
He licked the one, he licked the other,
He went in circles until he dropped dead

Freedom of choice is what you’ve got
Freedom from choice is what you want…

Important research avenues on my mind…

A friend emailed today and asked me


… could you tell me what you think are the 5 most important/promising avenues on your mind right now, for example in the space of technology development that has value within the next few years and certainly impacts a positive future? E.g. if you had lots of options, which 5 things would you chose to work on right now?


Apparently he’s putting together a summary report for someone…


I didn’t have time to write a careful answer, but here’s the quick list I tapped out.   This is totally off the cuff and not in any particular order and probably leaves important things out, but indicates some aspects of where my mind has been at lately..

  1. AGI, obviously … creating robots and virtual-world robots that move toward human-level general intelligence
  2. Growing brains in a vat … we can think of this as a different approach to AGI, using a wet medium … extend the recent work on micro-brains by adding scaffolding and sensors, etc. etc.
  3. I’m sure you won’t use this one, but hey — Finding the biological roots of psychic phenomena via invasive animal studies on precogitive animals.  The data strongly suggests such phenomena are real, but the classic “parapsychology” research paradigms aren’t gonna get to the heart of the matter…
  4. Cold fusion.  It seems to almost surely work, but it’s finicky.   Way more $ should be going into figuring out what’s going on
  5. Build a massive graph database of all known info regarding all organisms, focused on longevity and associated issues, and set an AI to work mining patterns from it… I.e. what I originally wanted to do with my Biomind initiative, but didn’t have the $ for…
  6. Automated language learning — use Google’s or Microsoft’s databases of text to automatically infer a model of human natural languages, to make a search engine that really understands stuff.  This has overlap with AGI but isn’t quite the same thing…
  7. I want to say femtotech as I’m thinking about that a fair bit lately but it probably won’t yield fruit in the next few years…
  8. Someone should invent a way better method of brain scanning, so we can finally do mind uploading.  I think this needs some revolutionary innovation, but all approaches with a prayer of delivering such innovation should be funded.
  9. Nanotech-using-molecular-bio-tools and synthetic biology seem to be going interesting places, but I don’t follow those fields that closely, so I hope you’re pinging someone else who knows more about them…

Singularity or Bust! — film now online for free

Raj Dye’s award-winning documentary film on my approach to AI and the future, and my 2009 AI/robotics work with Hugo de Garis, is now online for free; see http://singularityorbust.com

Meta-Enlightenment (?) ;)

Is there a concept of “meta-enlightenment”  – when you’re so enlightened that you no longer care about being enlightened?

After all, what difference does it make if one particular human being is enlightened or not?  Isn’t this an insignificant fact in the light of the huge size and massive complexity and diversity of the cosmos?

Do the nine-dimensional machine-elves care whether Jack is enlightened and Jill isn’t, or Jill is enlightened and Jack isn’t?

Isn’t striving to make one particular human mind/body enlightened, a form of ego-attachment, an overestimate of the importance of that one mind-body?

How does this relate to Bob Dobbs’ philosophy of Slack?? ;D

Is Crunchkin enlightened or meta-enlightened?

So many mysteries to understand !!

English and Mandarin Speaking AI Nannies !

Hmmm… Google’s automated ad-selection algorithm is clever but not quite clever enough!

Are Hongkong-based readers of my article on hypothetical future “AGI Nannies” truly especially interested in hiring English and Mandarin speaking nannies to care for their tykes? ;-D …

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