Objective Ecological Value

In order to construct an anthropologically unbounded account of posthumans, we need a psychology-free account of value. There may, after all, be many possible posthuman psychologies but we don’t know about any of them to date. However, the theory requires posthumans to be autonomous systems of a special kind: Functionally Autonomous Systems (see below). I […]

Posthuman Hyperplasticity: Smearing Omohundro's basic AI drives

  In “The Basic AI Drives” Steve Omohundro has argued there is scope for predicting the goals of post-singularity entities able to modify their own software and hardware to improve their intellects. For example, systems that can alter their software or physical structure would have an incentive to make modifications that would help them achieve […]

Rebecca Saxe and Clockwork Orange 2.0

http://embed.ted.com/talks/rebecca_saxe_how_brains_make_moral_judgments.html   In this excellent presentation Saxe claims that Transcranial Magnetic Simulation applied to the  temporo-parietal junction (TPJ) – a region specialized for mentalizing in human adults – can improve the effectiveness of moral reasoning by improving our capacity to understand other human minds. This suggests an interesting conundrum for moral philosophers working in the Kantian […]