[Video Link] PostHuman: An Introduction to Transhumanism
post by Joshua_Blaine
I think this is a nice introduction to Transhumanism, inspired by the style of many well known Youtube educators. Given how much LessWrong likes these ideas, I thought it was worth sharing.
The group also has a Kickstarter here to fund an entire series of videos of this kind. I think they deserve to be backed, and LW can probably influence the video creators in a useful/helpful way.
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comment by knb ·
2013-11-15T06:30:58.870Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
It's a really well-made video. However, they make the claim that the doubling period for Moore's Law is shrinking, which I think is false.
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↑ comment by Mestroyer ·
2013-11-15T07:50:52.894Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
I also don't like that argument (even when presented correctly) because it ignores software and assumes you can brute-force everything.
↑ comment by Joshua_Blaine ·
2013-11-15T15:03:51.909Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
I dont disagree with the idea of an A.I. Intelligence explosion, but I do think their argument is the wrong one. It is a fairly common idea though, especially from semi-laypeople, so I'm not surprised to have seen it in their video.
Everything else in the video seemed roughly accurate, though.
↑ comment by somervta ·
2013-11-15T11:41:32.815Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
I'm pretty sure that was Kurzweil's claim originally. Can't remember if they attribute it to him in the video or make it themselves, though.
↑ comment by [deleted] ·
2013-11-16T16:34:28.038Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
However, they make the claim that the doubling period for Moore's Law is shrinking, which I think is false.
It's demonstrably true, widely documented, and well understood. Don't be spreading misinformation.
comment by knb ·
2013-11-15T08:44:35.517Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
I also wonder if the extreme "abolitionist" position (with regard to suffering) should be listed along anti-aging and intelligence enhancement. Abolitionism seems like it might be off-putting even to people who might support the first two planks.
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↑ comment by davidpearce ·
2014-01-14T12:27:16.320Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
"Health is a state of complete [sic] physical, mental and social well-being": the World Health Organization definition of health. Knb, I don't doubt that sometimes you're right. But Is phasing out the biology of involuntary suffering really too "extreme" - any more than radical life-extension or radical intelligence-amplification? When talking to anyone new to transhumanism, I try also to make the most compelling case I can for radical superlongevity and extreme superintelligence - biological, Kurzweilian and MIRI conceptions alike. Yet for a large minority of people - stretching from Buddhists to wholly secular victims of chronic depression and chronic pain disorders - dealing with suffering in one guise or another is the central issue. Recall how for hundreds of millions of people in the world today, time hangs heavy - and the prospect of intelligence-amplification without improved subjective well-being leaves them cold. So your worry cuts both ways.
Anyhow, IMO the makers of the BIOPS video have done a fantastic job. Kudos.
I gather future episodes of the series will tackle different conceptions of posthuman superintelligence - not least from the MIRI perspective.