Exploring Conscious Machines with Dr. Joscha Bach: Simulation #409

Simulation #409 Dr. Joscha Bach — Conscious Machines
Dr. Joscha is the VP of research at AI Foundation. He also wrote Principles of Synthetic Intelligence. His book focuses on how our brains work and how we can build machines that are able to perceive, think and learn.


LinkedIn > https://linkedin.com/in/joschabach.

0:00 Open.
0:17 Hello & welcome.
Bio and introduction of Dr. Joscha BACH.
\”It is an insane world, an amazing time to live\”
3:46 Discussion on the S curve; current instability is a result of not dealing with the aftermath of the collapse of Industrial Revolution Society due to the advent of Internet.
Carbon sequestration is not the same as burning carbon.
10:08 Systems that are bent on endless growth and organizing principles do not mix.
14:30 Dr. Bach’s entrepreneurial journey takes him to MIT, then AI Foundation.
16:23 Pattern generation, types of computer and the relationship between our physical world and minds.
18:10 Mathematics vs. Computation.
Dr. Bach’s views on psychedelics.
20:27 Turing \”something is true, if you can prove that it’s true\”
Discussion of quantum computing; Minecraft CPU as an example; \”Is our universe efficiently or inefficiently implemented?\”
23:50 Relationship of mind and universe, observational interface.
27:28 The two concepts of materialism and idealism can complement one another.
29:08 Dreamspace neural architecture. \”You and I are characters in a multi-media novel being authored\” by the brain; the collective is a part of your dreams.
31:51 It is more important to be able to perceive the world differently than it is to change a physical reality; a perception upgrade can also be a desire or will upgrade.
What is a Model? Perspectives on variables and their relationships; probabilities.
Model convergence to truth is aided by probabilities. Motivations guide preferences.
The brain regulates the body and is aware of feedback loops.
Needs do not form a hierarchy. They coexist and compete.
\”The shape of your soul is your hierarchy of purposes\”
45:26 Dopamine, neurons and other brain chemicals are multi-lingual; \”Neurons will be fed if we regulate what we want to regulate.\”
48:50 Neurons work by pattern recognition and then patterns within patterns.
51:43 The auditory (and other) senses are built up until we have a model of the universe/world.
53:24 Who’s in charge? Single mind, which system, sane or insane implementation.
59:50 Principles, spatial intelligence, pattern to perception and worldview. Intentional self.
1:02:36 Self-controlling simulations in the mind; \”only a simulacrum can be conscious.\”
1:05.05 \”You perceive the world in a meaningful way because you have modeled it in your mind.\”
Model of architecture.
The DLPFC is used. \”Hippocampus has script\”. Neurons are not important individually, they can be interchangeable.
It’s difficult to wake up a sleeping person, but impossible to awaken a person who is pretending to be asleep.
The \”family of good people\” can be a human condition. Morals should guide our decisions, but not our models.
1:19:00 Human-centric Social Media; Scientists and Philosophers are mostly confused, but without answers. Dunning-Kruger Effect.
The nature of reality, \”How can I help others?\” and why we are drawn to politics and other things that have no utility.
The endgame for social media is to create a global mind.
1:26.15 The current society is optimized for short-games; \”tumors\”.
Lebowski’s Theorem – \”No super intelligent system will do anything harder than hacking into its own reward function.\”
\”Imagine that you built an AI that was way smarter than us, why SHOULD we use it?\”
1:32.20 \”Maybe the motivational function of our brain is wrapped in a ball of stupidity, so we won’t debug that;\” Choosing to ignore reality; How can we balance super intelligence, will and conditions of existence or evolution?
Philosophical remarks. Reiteration of the fact that things just happen, making it difficult to predict results. There is no simulation running to create a better society.
1:36.15 Cells are the basis of life, and they are rare.
Would need to be larger and more inconspicuous pa