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Can non-benevolent super-intelligence persist?

Recently, Joshua Fox gave an insightful presentation on why "super-intelligence does not imply benevolence" (thanks to Michael Anissimov for bringing this to our attention). He identifies two kinds of benevolence, instrumental and axiomatic, and argues that neither is a necessary outcome for super-intelligence. He observes that instrumental benevolence results from others' capacity to monitor, punish and reward, and that we may be incapable of doing that for super-intelligence. He further observes that neither basic goals nor complex goals necessarily result in benevolence because simple goals could result in consumption of that which humans value and complex goals could result in any of many universal atomic configurations that are incompatible with human welfare, thereby illustrating risks in axiomatic intelligence. His conclusion is that we should not rely on the spontaneous emergence of benevolence in super-intelligence, but should instead work carefully to engineer benevolence into super-intelligence.

Ontological Matrices

These matrices help me visualize categories, or relations between key concepts, as I understand and use them in my writing. Relations are both within and between matrices. Here's an example of a relation within a matrix: individuals are to communities as anatomies are to environments. Here's an example of a relation between matrices: truth is to communities as knowledge is to individuals.

A (Former) Missionary's Practical Faith in Resurrection

Today, while looking through old journal entries, I came across the following passage, written when I was a missionary for the LDS Church:

Homosexuality: A Straight BYU Student's Perspective

My friend, Brad Carmack, would like to share with you a draft of his book, "Homosexuality: A Straight BYU Student's Perspective". It is a heart-felt and thought-provoking look, from the perspective of a faithful Mormon, at homosexuality as it relates to Mormon culture and religion. The book begins with an appeal to compassion, and a discussion of homosexual causation and mutability. From there, it proceeds to construct a case for same-sex marriage, including an interesting chapter on reproductive technologies.


Transfigurism is exemplified by a syncretization of Mormonism and Transhumanism. Together, they illustrate the compatibility of religion, science, spirituality and technology in the following ways:

  1. Theology - Trust in posthuman potential entails that which qualifies as faith in God.
  2. Metaphysics - The basic assumptions of science lead to engineering miracles.
  3. Theodicy - Justification of artificial intelligence justifies evil in a world created by God.
  4. Eschatology - Accelerating change parallels prophetic visions of the present and future.
  5. Soteriology - Posthuman history would be resurrection gifted to and earned by us.

Trust in Posthumanity and the New God Argument

Here is a transcript of my speech on the New God Argument at the Transhumanism and Spirituality Conference 2010.
Lincoln Cannon
Mormon Transhumanist Association
Christian Transhumanist Association
The New God Argument
Lincoln Cannon LLC
Thrivous Nootropics for Cognitive Enhancement
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