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Is a conscious robot an oxymoron?

Hypothetically speaking, robots might become conscious once there's an interface with consciousness. However, nobody knows what consciousness is. In my view, individual human consciousness is part of universal consciousness a.k.a. panpsychism. In my view, our soul is the likely "interface". Why are people so worried about artificial intelligence and/or machines (eg,...

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How to deal with an information overload

Today, every supplier wants our immediate attention for selling their products and/or services. The use of email offerings appears to be outdated (eg, NYT-2021, Validity-2022). Many if not all suppliers offer apps, including (annoying) pop-up messages. It's easy to lose focus and on what (really) matters in life. Example: I just received an email (sic!) from...

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Logical vs Rational

In several of my recent blogs, I used the words logical and rational without giving it much thought - initially. A Google search on examples of (il)logical and (ir)rational remained fruitless. Hence, I made a diagram myself. My diagram contains my usual suspects, being: Nassim Nicholas Taleb's distinction between (un)known (un)knowns;Karl Popper's distinction in...

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How to solve a growing economy and a declining workforce?

On 1 February 2022, the FT reported that "Japan’s population shrank by 630,000 people [in 2021], or one Luxembourg. Between now and 2040, it is forecast to have declined by a further 16mn, or one Cambodia." This news will be our new reality, following decades of doom messages on overpopulation. Labour shortages are already common, while the Covid-19 pandemic is...

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We invited an AI to debate its own ethics in the Oxford Union – what it said was startling (the Conversation)

The Conversation title: We invited an AI to debate its own ethics in the Oxford Union – what it said was startlingAuthors: Dr Alex Connock and Professor Andrew StephenDate: 10 December 2021 "Not a day passes without a fascinating snippet on the ethical challenges created by “black box” artificial intelligence systems. These use machine learning to figure...

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Humans Are Doomed to Go Extinct (Scientific American)

Introduction LO: I agree with Henry Gee's opinion below and recommend reading his arguments. The impact of a graying population (a.k.a. demographics) is already noticeable in the labour market. There's a shortage of workers in several sectors in many countries. There's some discussion about whether China's population is already in decline (eg, Financial Times-April...

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