Why Ray Kurzweil, Elon Musk, and Stephen Hawking Don’t Really Understand Artificial General Intelligence

Watching a recent Sci-Fi short called ‘Post-Human’ by Ray Kurzweil (https://vimeo.com/144099716) reminds me of a topic that has come up in conversation often in the last year:

“How Artificial Intelligence will affect the Future of Humanity.”

Unfortunately, all the main “thought leaders” being quoted on this topic: Ray Kurzweil, Nick Bostrom, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, are in my opinion, severely off-base.

And I have some intense critical essays to write on this topic, in the next year or so.

These “thought leaders” all show a fundamental disconnect with the Cutting Edge of Understanding in a plethora of fields and subjects essential to developing a Good, True, Beautiful and Loving Artificial Intelligence, such as: Consciousness, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Morality, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Intersubjectivity, Subject-Object Dualism, Human Potential and Human Fulfillment.

“Thought leaders” scaring people with off base pontification is one thing.

But what I fear most is those people who have these Erroneous Ontological Assumptions about Reality being the ones who are spearheading the creation of Artificial Intelligence. For the Erroneous Assumptions in one’s Consciousness inevitably makes it into the Artifacts of one’s Creation.

Which is a fancy way of saying, if the people who create Commercially Successful AI have shitty assumptions in their worldview, they will create enormously powerful, God-like AI with shitty assumptions programmed into the AI’s worldview. If this happens it will likely cause Humanity to suffer deep and grave consequences.

The Future of Humanity likely depends on getting Artificial Intelligence right.

So it is a cause I’m committed to majorly contributing to when the time is right.

“Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman–a rope over an abyss…
What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end: what can be loved in man is that he is an overture and a going under” – Nietzsche

In Favor of Non-Local Consciousness

If the Universe-as-a-Simulation Hypothesis is correct…or the very least where we are somewhere not near the beginning of a chain of intelligent civilizations then the theory that some part of Consciousness does not wholly reside in the brain but rather comes through us like a radio receiver is also probably correct…because the same thing is now happening in our current technology landscape where data and processing increasingly live in the cloud and are downloaded onto the hardware on an as needed, just in time basis.

This follows because the universe shows the pattern of self-similarity all the way up and all the way down (the most popular example of this being Fractals). So the developmental design patterns we converge on as optimal for guiding our technological evolution are very likely the same design patterns present in the evolution of consciousness and humanity.

Having said all that I’m not sure I’ve found anyone’s writing who I believe as the optimal balance between information processing of Consciousness “in-the-cloud” vs. “on-the device”. Almost everyone I’ve read are on the extremes of the path.

Like the liberation of the Buddha-Mind, I prefer the middle path.

Transparadigmatic Evolution

So much yes to this transmission of wisdom.

I particularly appreciate the historical grounding here of how paradigm’s of physics are long lag harbingers of transformations in the paradigms of subjective thought.

This is a beautiful synthesis of the wisdom of the East and West and the developmental continuum that lies before us.

Yasuhiko is a self-described transdisciplinary, transparadigmatic entrepreneurial philosopher and I am a self-described transdisciplinary, transparadigmatic philosophical entrepreneur.


A significant aspect of the problem of the world overlooked.

That is, virtually all critical problems that we have today arise within the framework of duality (e.g., the haves vs. the have-nots) and virtually all discussions that we have in order to solve those problems arise within the framework of duality (e.g., capitalism vs. socialism).

Thus, the problem, the diagnosis, and the solution come to exist inside the same dualistic paradigm and the same antagonistic framework. Therefore we see two parties come together to fight over how to bring peace to the world.

The American Revolution took place as a societal expression of the Newtonian Scientific Revolution in the Age of Reason. We still think in the language of the 18th and 19th century. The language used and the logic expressed in economics and political “science” are still that of the Newtonian Age, and it is the language and logic of duality.

The next societal revolution, the societal revolution of the 21st century, will need a different language, a different logic, a different paradigm. As the American Revolution of the 18th century was an extension of the Scientific Revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries, so will be the next revolution an extension of the Quantum Revolution of the 20th century.

A new revolution that defines the 20th century began on December 14th, 1900, when the physicist Max Planck presented his work on black body radiation at the German Physical Society in Berlin, which led to the development of quantum physics that has had a profound, epochal, and lasting influence not only in the fields of physics, science, and human knowledge as such, but also in the very logic that underlies thought: “quantum logic” that transcends the seeming contradiction of quantum particles being simultaneously particular and wavier (in the quantum, not the classical, sense).

The ternary logic that transcends duality has existed for millennia in the East and the West, in the esoteric philosophical traditions, but the inquiry into this “quantum paradox” brought to the fore the transcendental ternary logic of ‘the included middle’—into the domain of rational discourses outside and beyond the obscure ancient esoteric spiritual philosophies or metaphysics. Transcending duality is no longer only a matter of individual “spiritual/philosophical enlightenment” but an urgent issue of collective societal transformation and evolution.

What I call the transparadigmatic omnicentric state of mind or consciousness and the omnicentric synarchical world are possible only when a significant percentage of humanity begins to think and act transdualistically. There are 6,000 distinct languages and 10,000 distinct ethnic cultures, and in-between there are 8,000 academic disciplines to study everything. It is utterly ridiculous and futile to try to centrally control the destiny of humanity and the world (“world government”). What is required is translinguistic, transcultural, and transdiciplinary approach for which the transparadigmatic mind is essential.

For this reason, within this transparadigmatic framework, I support everyone’s attempt at creating a new world in the spirit of alignment beyond agreement, while pursuing my individual path that is the creation and advancement of the omnicentric and synarchical freeorder in the world, for which second-tier free market economy is a partial precursor. Those who share the same orientation can join me. Those who do not, I support you wholeheartedly so long as you do not interfere with my/our path. An open and rational criticism is welcome. I/we will not interfere with your path, while I/we will reserve the right to offer you a constructive criticism.

There will arise a cooperative competition amongst various approaches and we will continue to dynamically integrate and improve what works from our and your approaches, while we will continue to discard what does not work. And thus we participate, in alignment beyond agreement, in the continual evolution of the world. – [source]

Speculation on Cosmic Civilizations

Friend: Today I learned there are 1,000 trillion planets in the universe that can support life. One thousand trillion!

Me: The evolutionary developmental transcension hypothesis model formulated by my close friend John M. Smart, would in my interpretation predict that we don’t meet 99% of them till we are ready to reproduce a new baby universe through an intelligent black hole a couple hundred years after the coming technological singularity around 2050-2070.

We might get to meet a couple other civilizations before then who are close enough in the light cone, but there is <99% probability these civilizations have already gone through their own technological singularity already and transitioned to a post-biological technologically etherealized society.

There is a chance they will transparently interact with us, teach us things and support us, but only when human civilization has enough unity, empathy and systematic global interdependence to be able to magnanimously interact with a more powerful post-humanoid civilization and not freak the fuck out.

In the meantime I have heard there is some credible classified information that these post biological civilization in our neck of the multiverse’s woods may be supporting us hidden in the shadows, to make sure we don’t kill ourselves like the immature childish civilization we are. This is why children have parents. So they don’t kill themselves when they are learning how to exist in the world. Intelligent civilizations in the universe likely follow a self similar pattern to the biological relationship of children and parents. We are not ignored because the higher consciousness of these more technologically advanced post human societies necessitates a greater divine paternal and maternal mortality. Other life will not come to kill us has Hollywood has deceived you continuously for their own fear mongering profit. Only transcendently beautiful, pure, highly moral societies will successfully transition to post human eras. The rest will inevitably self destruct by the laws of integral systems theory.

Speculation on Cosmic Civilization based on the extrapolation of cutting edge systems theory and integral philosophy over and out.

A Compassionate, Non-Orwellian Surveillance State

In the future everyone will be regularly tested on the level of their developmental thinking (Cognitively, egoically, skill based in domains like music, athletics etc), their level of spiritual state-based awakening, and their level of psychological integration (psychotherapy and shadow work).

It’s not a question of whether this happens for society, but how well we can manage the enormity of this power and responsibility.

There is a teleological imperative from both the upside and downside perspective.

The Upside Perspective: People can be met right where they are in all aspects of their life, and can be given the roles most suited for the next stage of their personal evolution and flourishing.

The Downside Perspective: When anyone can 3d print a nuclear weapon, or bioengineer a deadly virus our only hope of security is detailed psychological profiling and rigorous permission systems and techno-social immune systems.

The potential for abuse of this technology is enormous and cannot be underestimated.

The people in control of this profiling technology must be some of the most evolved humans on the planet.

If we do not improve beyond the status quo of the current culture of the NSA, an Orwellian future will be our destiny.

“With great power comes great responsibility”

We’ve got a lot of evolving to do fellow humans, to be able to survive and thrive in the future that is rapidly and inevitably hurtling towards us.

Wisdom is Evolving Exponentially

yogis and mystics from centuries past could not wake up and fill their bodies with superfoods from all over the world.

yogis and mystics from centuries past could not download wisdom from teachers from all over the world throughout all of time with the click of the button.

We live in unprecedented times.

Just as man continues to break his world record’s in athletic feats year after year, due to accumulation of progress in a diverse set of factors.

So goes the process of record breaking in the world of wisdom.

Wisdom is evolving exponentially, co-arising with the technoeconomic “bodies” that carry our civilization.

Serendipity, Kurzweil & Metaphysics

For as much as I rail against new age metaphysics, I still think the universe works in mysterious ways.

Today’s moment of serendipity:

As I’m going through airport security at the Boston airport on the way back to San Francisco, Ray Kurzweil walks in line right in front of me, and we proceed to have a short conversation while putting our belongings through the X-Ray machine.

Ray has had a profound impact on my life, filling my mind with a clear vision of where the world was headed when I needed it most during my angsty teenage days as I was disidentifying from a liberal Jewish belief in God, yet still felt the world was inherently meaningful.

He showed me there was a direction to this magical universe we all inhabit. So it was significant for me to have a chance to have a conversation with him in that setting.

But while this feels like something supernatural at play, this is probably just convergent stochastic probability doing that special “emergence” thing it does. But there may be some more intelligent mechanism yet at play.

More on how to have a trans-rational, speculative, post-metaphysical conversations later…