Robert Malka, researcher, philosopher and Bitcoiner joins me for a monster episode to discuss Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy, Morality, Bitcoin, Nietzsche and so much more.
We start with a bit of background and what has to be the most incredible origin stories I've ever heard.
- His experience having been born to deaf parents
- Some incredible stories growing up as child sign language interpreter
- Inspirations such as Nietzsche & Heidegger
- Ayahuasca and psychedelics
- When they're fiat and when they're actually useful.
- The productisation of psychedelics as panaceas to ailments and all the world's problems.
- Nature VS Nurture
We then dug into Philosophy & Morality
- Rousseau and Nietzsche
- Humanity is a a multi-generational process.
- A genius is a full answer to this process.
- How do you define morality?
- Living in accordance with evolution and life.
- Morality is the increase of carrying capacity of life.
- Aesthetics & Beauty, and their relationship to morality.
- Humour as a very interesting measure for humanity
The AI discussion:
The stakes of AI: Game-theoretically, if an AI is more powerful than we are, we'd have two choices:
1. a Libertarian AI or,
2. an Authoritarian AI,
- Which would win?
- What happens when AI becomes widely modifiable and accessible?
- Preferences and more importantly, which preferences?
- If subjective ones, are they rooted in morality or utilitarianism?
- The circular logic of using quantities to measure qualities
- What it means for an AI to be human-centered
Problem with The Standard Model:
Machines, similar to humans, are intelligent to the extent that their actions can be expected to achieve their objectives.
"Machines are beneficial to the extent that their actions can be expected to achieve our objectives”
But more ethical and moral problems with this, and it's focus purely on utility as the outcome.
How does AI emerge?
Will we be programming it?
Or will it emerge and mimic us.
How does Bitcoin fix this?
The question will be one of whether or not we've baked morality into our DNA.
There so much more in this episode.
You need to listen.
Finally, some books recommended by Robert include:
- The Drama of the gifted child: Alice Miller
- Emile: Rousseau
- Human Compatible: Stuart Russell
- Twilight of the Idols: Nietzsche
- Warspeak: Lise Van Boxel
- What is Life: Erwin Schrödinger
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