daniel faggella

daniel faggella

[mt view, ca]


intro’d to Daniel here:

feb 2016 – Conscious AI – We Aught Wake Up Before the Machines Do


..what are the ramifications of replicating awareness, and not just intelligence… in our machines?

What will we do when the robots can feel? | TEDxAmoskeagMillyard – 2016

it’s clear that tech matters.. it matters.. because it matters to us.. ie: doesn’t matter w/o us..

what would be the case of tech could matter in and of itself..

6 min – we have motor control, speech recognition, board games.. a lot of areas humans are just getting caughten up to.. but beaten…  if so.. wouldn’t it trounce the planet.. like we have..

7 min – what are real folks doing real work in ai field think about this… ie: 170 researchers asked.. when human level machine intelligence – flexible not just memory.. –  median answer was 2040 – so don’t believe ie: poetry writing magic

i asked 33 ai workers… said 90% confidence..  machine .. ability to be awake.. 2036 to 2060… so maybe.. in next two decades.. machine could replicate sentience of say a dog.. so wouldn’t just treat like a machine anymore.. we’d have to treat diff than vacuum…

10 min – supposed by many.. beyond articulation…  or perhaps it plateaus somewhere..

11 min – maybe there’s something in the human skull that science will never get it’s arms around..

12 min – reasonable to say.. more dangerous than every to hide under rock of. .. hasn’t happened yet.. so never will…

we have some questions worth pondering…

13 min – on setting laws/boundaries around ai.. what makes a dogs life less worthy than a human’s life.. is there something about the consciousness about the human being.. our ability to relate/love.. what is that for you.. and if ai can crack open that door..  what do we mean and how do we matter then..

14 min – for any idea to trickle to policy/regulation.. has to become worthy of contemplation and dialogue..

policy/regulation..? aren’t those founded in non-contemplation/dialogue..?

15 min – i think we’re becoming more and more likely to embrace other peoples/cultures… and i don’t see that slowing down.. and that heartens me..

but where my pessimism lies.. is fact that many of those global collabs have first involved tragedy.. ie: ww1.. many people think we’re decades behind in putting in regulation that sustains all of our lives..

the way this trajectory is headed..  i think it behooves us to wake up before the machines do

indeed – re wire – et al

i need you to wake up

let’s do this firstfree art-ists… for (blank)’s sake

a nother way via self talk as data


Tinkering with consciousness | TEDxSpringfield – 2014

10 min – on potential for better decision making.. by augmenting memory..

or perhaps.. be redefining decision making.. disengaging from consensus.. and living off the moment/community/wonder…

11 min – on mental health meds.. and imagining means to measure up/down satisfaction – how that would take over the market..

imagine doing it.. not w/ meds.. or tech.. but getting back to listening… ie: rapid prototyping to slow..

14 min – on now being stewards on sentience…

i didn’t come w/answers.. but.. to start convo.. if it is consciousness that counts… the bedrock of moral decision making..  if any reason to collab.. is it not tinkering w/or creating consciousness itself..


interview w joscha bach.. about ai bridges.. posted by Dan on singualrity site


Reinforcement learning drives much of the agent interactions in MicroPsi. Though a type of machine learning, Bach points out that reinforcement learning is “different from machine learning, in that it involves interaction with the world and becoming more intelligent as a consequence, something that AI is not yet smart enough to do on its own”.

antifragile ness

Humans and other intelligence beings look for external features that they can organize into hierarchies of information. The recognition that takes place in “the mind” of a computer is, in some part, based on a similar model.

is that natural..? or a manufactured/normed organization..? ie: is that what people in schools do..? and so we’ve perpetuated/assumed that..?

thinking – everything is misc ness..


On the road to stronger AI, Bach provides a no-frills perspective on how the  direction of AI will be influenced in the decades ahead. Joscha thinks the strongest winds may not always come from the ‘makers’ in the lab and field, but from the ‘shakers’ at the top of the economic totem pole – the ones providing the funding. Right now, if you want to really make a quick and lasting change on the planet, you have a great chance of doing so in the form of an organization as opposed to an individual. “AI is likely to come from the top as an extension of business intelligence…it’s super dangerous if we make corporations more powerful, as they don’t always act in the best interest of humans”.  In some ways, corporations already have more rights than human beings, and they operate much like agents do, in an efficient and goal-oriented manner, but often without a whole unified consciousness.


Companies don’t care about externalities, they care about the parts that make it more efficient and help it survive”, says Joscha. He believes the challenge of making a world safe against AI is embedded in our decisions to make economic decisions that are in line with the best human outcomes


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Daniel Faggella is the founder of TechEmergence, and is dedicated entirely to the ethical implications of cognitive enhancement and the intersection of technology and psychology.


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