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Machine-based Collective Intelligence and the Human Experience

A few weeks ago, I was in Singapore to give this talk at a complexity conference at Nanyang Technological University. The focus is on how humanity relates to the fast-approaching era of artificial intelligence:

The theme of this complexity conference was “silent transformations,” which refers to “silent” processes that take place over long time spans, like growing older, the extinctions of species, and climate change. Using this frame opened up some important new insights for me that I think help frame artificial intelligence in terms of humanity’s long history of building .

Watch it on YouTube, or by just clicking below:

This talk is long (52 minutes for the talk itself, with another 38 minutes of Q & A), but for those interested in the topics I explore here on the Vital Edge, I think you will find it well worth the investment of time.

Tip: YouTube has a feature that allows you to play videos at various speeds, and if you don’t mind a slightly higher-pitched voice, you should be able to safely digest this talk at 1.25, 1.5, or possibly 2.0 speed. Simply click on the gear icon in the lower right corner of the video screen, select “Speed” and choose your tempo.

As you’ll see from the audience, this wasn’t a particularly large conference, but it did give me the privilege to present with and get to know some remarkable people: people like Brian Aurthur (his 2015 talk on algorithms and complexity , Geoffrey West (his talk on exponential growth and collapse), Eörs Szathmáry (his talk on evolutionary learning), Atsushi Iriki (his 2015 talk on the emergence of human intelligence), Tom Kirkwood (his talk on aging) and Gregory Chaitin (his talk on Liebniz).

It was a really wonderful experience and I think this is probably one of my best talks — so far.

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The synthesis of human and machine intelligence — the soul, dressed in machinery. Ex-Microsoft, social entrepreneur. The Vital Edge: www.the-vital-edge.com

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