Bermúdez’ Cognitive Science (a review)

I’ve long had people tell me I should take a class on cognitive science, from my undergrad philosophy of mind prof to, more recently, various MIRI/LessWrong folks. But I’m out of school and very likely will never take a cognitive science class, so I decided to do the next best thing and pickup a textbook [Read More…]

Could Robots Take All Our Jobs?: A Philosophical Perspective

I’ve written a new post on LessWrong that deals with a lot of the philosophical objections to AI; it’s titled, “Could Robots Take All Our Jobs? A Philosophical Perspective.” People are welcome to comment both here or over there. [Read more…]

Is there more to life than happiness?

Pleasure isn’t all we care about that. Is the same true of happiness? If religion had a positive effect on happiness, would you want to be religious? Could Paris Hilton ever be happy? [Read more…]

How intelligible is intelligence?

This is important, because if all we need to make human-level AI is a relatively small number of key insights, the development of human-level AI might come seemingly out of nowhere. On the other hand, if it’s going to take a slow grind of R&D, we’re likely to get more of a warning. There are also potential implications for the impact of AI and what we can do to manage it. So how intelligible is intelligence? [Read more…]

What should skeptics believe about the singularity?

This is a guest post from Luke Muehlhauser, author of Common Sense Atheism and Worldview Naturalism, and Executive Director of MIRI. [Read more…]

Review: Luke Muehlhauser’s Facing the Intelligence Explosion

I just finished reading the current version of Luke Muehlhauser’s website/ebook Facing the Intelligence Explosion. I have a handful of minor complaints (for example), and there was one thing that kinda made me want to scream (which I’ll talk about in a future post), but on the whole, Luke makes a lot of important points [Read More…]

Tracking progress in AI is really hard

A lot of the work I’ve done for MIRI has involved trying to track progress in artificial intelligence. Not so-called “general intelligence,” but specific things ranging from playing games like chess and Scrabble to recognizing faces and objects to understanding and translating human language. And it turns out that figuring out how much progress there’s [Read More…]

A shift of emphasis

For awhile now, I’ve been thinking that I’d like to spend less time criticizing religion, and more time working on issues related to AI and existential risk. I don’t currently have any plans of going as far as Luke Muehlhauser of Common Sense Atheism did, and abandon writing about religion entirely, but you may notice [Read More…]

A summary of the problems I see with philosophy–and why I’m thinking of going back anyway

This is a post I’ve been struggling to write for awhile. It’s a response to a couple questions I got in the March open thread, one by someone who wanted to have a “link handy when I want to show people just how crappy (analytic) philosophy is,” while the other asked, “Since you spend a [Read More…]