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What is Empathetic Superintelligence? - David Pearce [UKH+] (1/2)

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Uploaded on Feb 1, 2011

David Pearce is an independent researcher and vegan animal activist based in Brighton UK. In 1995, he wrote an online manifesto, The Hedonistic Imperative, advocating the use of biotechnology to abolish suffering throughout the living world. He predicts that our descendants will be animated by gradients of cerebral bliss orders of magnitude richer than anything accessible today. He has also written on the philosophy of mind and perception; utilitarian ethics; psychopharmacology; life extension; cognitive enhancement technologies; mood enrichment; genetic recalibration of the hedonic treadmill; ecosystem redesign; reprogramming predators; and -- more speculatively -- on a posthuman future based on "paradise engineering". In 1998, in collaboration with Nick Bostrom, David Pearce set up the World Transhumanist Association -- subsequently rebranded as Humanity+.

Our current conception of intelligence as measured by IQ tests is "mind-blind". IQ tests lack ecological validity because they ignore social cognition -- the "mind-reading" prowess that enabled one species of social primate to become the most cognitively successful on the planet. This talk will examine how to correct the ethnocentric and anthropocentric biases of our perspective-taking abilities. What future technologies can enrich our capacity to understand other minds?

This talk will also discuss obstacles to building empathetic AGI (artificial general intelligence) -- and why old-fashioned "autistic AI" may always be vulnerable to the cunning of "Machiavellian apes". In an era of global catastrophic and existential risks, developing ways to enrich and "de-bias" mankind's capacity for empathetic cognition will be vital. This is because the greatest underlying risk to the well-being of life on Earth is the behaviour of other male human primates.

This lecture was recorded on 29th January 2011 at the UKH+ meeting. For information on further meetings please see:
http://extrobritannia.blogspot.com/

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