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Intelligence Enhances Sex

Sex is better with a partner because it involves the pleasure of two instead of the pleasure of one and because it expands from the pleasure of self to the pleasure of another. Sex is best when both partners focus on the requirements and desires of the other more than their own needs. Just understanding […]

Detecting Advanced Alien Civilizations Won’t Be Easy

Astronomers have suggested that advanced alien civilizations that generate and use energy on a large scale would also produce waste heat that can be detected from a distance. Since modern astronomy can’t detect such heat signatures, they conclude that such civilizations don’t exist. Since a waste heat signature can be detected by our primitive technology, […]

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 […]

The Sequence of Contact

The world of science fiction loves to speculate about human civilization making first contact with aliens. Too often, those aliens are remarkably like us; not just in the way their bodies resemble ours, but also in their stage of developmental growth. We understand the difficulties involved in imagining an intelligent civilization unlike ourselves and then […]

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. […]

British Army “Twitter Brigade”

During World War II, the British Army created a commando/special forces unit called the “Chindits” that operated in Burma and India, using guerrilla warfare tactics to operate deeply behind Japanese lines. They were formally known as the 77th Indian Infantry Brigade and operated on foot, getting resupplied by parachute drops. They were known for collecting […]

Post Biological Intelligence

We know that intelligence does not depend upon biological forms. Biology based intelligence takes advantage of a “built-in”/natural evolutionary process to adapt and enhance ability to survive. Once conscious intelligence reaches a sufficient level of knowledge, it can duplicate that evolution in algorithms based in any substrate form. Material substrates include metallic conductors and semi-conductors […]

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 […]

After the Singularity

Alice was not a bit hurt, and she jumped up on to her feet in a moment: she looked up, but it was all dark overhead; before her was another long passage, and the White Rabbit was still in sight, hurrying down it. There was not a moment to be lost: away went Alice like […]

Through a Wormhole of Intelligence

In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again. The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling […]