[ExI] Singularity news

Giovanni Santostasi gsantostasi at gmail.com
Wed Apr 19 12:12:06 UTC 2023

Thanks for this.
Gordon and Brent need to see this video.
In particular, the part where it is shown in a powerful way where
EVERYTHING is language from a model point of view using transformers.
Why? Because these models are simply looking at patterns and regularities
that is exactly how we learn and understand.
Our ability to process language gave us the ability to do science, music,
philosophy, and so on. Everything is language even for our brains.

On Wed, Apr 19, 2023 at 1:35 AM Keith Henson via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> AI and nanotech have been the two elements of the singularity at least
> since Eric Drexler wrote about them in the mid-80s.  One of the two
> has to come first, and it looks like AI is leading
> I expect AI to rapidly lead into nanotechnology.  That will solve the
> carbon and climate problems by pulling vast amounts of carbon out of
> the atmosphere to build all sorts of things out of diamond and nanotubes.
> But it might have negative effects as well;  Some of you have read the
> short story I wrote, "The Clinic Seed" where the actions of a set of
> benign AIs cause the human race to go biologically extinct.  Total
> fiction, of course, since by definition what lies beyond the
> singularity is impossible to know.
> I have also written, in a somewhat whimsical way, about the run-up to
> the singularity and just how fast things may move in the last days
> before the curves go vertical.  Following Ray Kurzweil, I was looking
> for this in the 2040s.  At least with the AI part of the singularity,
> Ray may have been too conservative.  At this point, I think the AI
> singularity may be single-digit years in the future, and that includes
> one.
> This talk might give you an idea of just how fast things are moving.
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=xoVJKj8lcNQ&t=854s
> The link goes to a point 14 minutes into the talk, where the really
> interesting bits start.
> Keith
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