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A Future Based on the Past

In order to predict what will happen in our future, we look at how we can describe our present, how we got there from the past, and then extend the trend lines we can observe into the future. One way to do that is to break out some categories of ethical concern. Ethics dictates that […]

The L-Factor Limits Contact With ET Aliens

The Drake Equation is a fascinating way to predict the chances of intelligent life existing in the universe. It combines factors of how many stars are in a galaxy, how many planets might be around stars, how many of those planets might be habitable, how many habitable planets spawn life, how many life forms achieve […]

Virtue in Intelligence

Intelligence can have the ability to self improve. Any self aware intelligence should at least consider the need to self improve. When self improvement is applied continually it will eventually improve the process of self improvement, accelerating growth and creating the possibility of the emergence of super intelligence. Super intelligence is defined as intelligence that […]

Using AI in the Development of Ethics

Both our understanding and application of ethics need improvement. There has been recent discussion of applying ethics to the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and control of AI. What is really needed is the use of AI in the development and guidance of our ethics. Once a framework of moral standards and a methodology of […]

A Singularity of Morality

A singularity of intelligence and technology is what the term “the singularity” usually references, and the original primary use of the term described gravitational collapse into a black hole. In a general sense, singularities of all types are characterized by rapid growth in some factor that dramatically changes the entire landscape being described. The gravity […]

A Quarantine of Intelligence

Human history is a dismal record of failure to expand ethical considerations beyond the self. We have left a trail of hundreds of millions of lives lost in warfare, torture, and enslavement of various kinds. We have a well established track record of making poor decisions based on personal interest and without regard to consequences. […]

Artificial Ethics

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to surpass human intelligence. This is obviously true with regard to measuring intelligence by speed and accuracy and scope of knowledge. Calculating machines that are faster, more accurate, and supply access to vast stores of information, are part of our daily lives. This alone doesn’t make them intelligent. In […]

Vector Analysis of Ethics

Ethical analysis requires some form of establishing values for properties of the components of an ethical scenario and comparing them to determine the best pathway through the options. Using vectors to represent ethical components should be helpful. A vector has a directional factor and a magnitude factor. In many vectors, the magnitude factor shows distance […]

Ethics and Psychohistory

Psycho-history combines psychological factors with elements of social sciences studies to create a methodology for understanding motivations of important historical events. Isaac Asimov started with this real concept, included some ideas on mathematical statistics, and presented it in his science fiction as a technique to make predictions about how masses of people will behave in […]

Self-conscious Intelligence

We use a variety of terms to qualify what we consider to be intelligent life: intelligence, consciousness, self-awareness, higher consciousness. There seem to be two primary ingredients common to most of the definitions of intelligent life and those are: Intelligence as some level of analytical reasoning ability and perhaps also the experience or knowledge necessary […]