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Everyday Ethics

Ethics is the analysis of what is the best or most right thing to do when presented with options. We tend to think of this process as an abstract thinking exercise with little practical application in normal living. But that is not true. We are faced with decisions on a minute to minute basis in […]

Super Intelligent Ethics

Ethics is an analysis of the best course of action, of what is most right. Morals are general rules derived from our experience with ethical analysis. The following video suggests that we need to “translate ethics into a set of correct unambiguous rules” and also suggests that is not possible. Think about how we humans […]

Balance in Ethics

Individualism is a philosophy that emphasizes the individual. Collectivism is a philosophy that emphasizes the group. Ethics is the process of analyzing and determining what is the best action to be taken. We know that best actions often focus on the individual and often also include groups. The key is to find the correct balance. […]

The Singularity is an Ascension

An Ascension is the act of an individual or group or species collectively raising their level of consciousness away from simple physical existence and toward spiritual existence. Because this describes an ascending beyond our current state, it is difficult to define. In science fiction, it ranges from a fairly static physical form with greatly enhanced […]

First Contact Protocol

When we make first contact with another species of life, we should have a first contact protocol already thought through to guide our actions. This protocol can’t anticipate all possibilities and chart precise actions to be taken, but it can establish some general principles and important ethical considerations. ASSESSMENT An early priority should be to […]

Ethics and the Speed of Tech Improvement

Our technology is improving quickly and the rate of that improvement is steadily increasing. Technology always amplifies human effort. If the effort has been aligned ethically, the amplified end product will be amplified goodness. If the effort is not ethical, the amplified end product will be amplified badness or even evil. It seems like we […]

Synthetically Designed Consciousness

We often create artificial versions of things that mimic, but don’t fully measure up to the real object. Many Artificial Intelligence (AI) programs create the impression that they operate with intelligence, even though they don’t actually make the decisions themselves, because they have embedded expert knowledge. Decision trees are abstracted from real life scenarios by […]

Human Potential

Potential is about the possibilities of unrealized ability. It is about conceptualizing new combinations of existing functions that will create new ability. The combinations can come in many different forms, including: ideas, actions, collaborations, and more. Human potential is going through some radical changes and is likely to continue accelerating for the near future at […]

Evolving Intelligence is a Knife’s Edge Balance

Fast Evolution vs Slow Evolution Evolving intelligence too quickly can threaten the survival of an intelligent species because advanced technology is dangerous without an equivalent level of ethics. On the other hand, evolving intelligence too slowly can threaten the survival of an intelligent species because natural cause events can exterminate a species without the technology […]

The Progression of Ethics

Our consideration of ethics begins with self. At some point, we feel connected with others, usually family or close friends, and we become willing to extend some level of importance beyond self. As we grow in awareness and intelligence, we become more able to empathize with others, to feel connected with them, and continue to […]