As AIs develop, we might have to engineer ways to prevent consciousness in them—our most premium AI services will be advertised as consciousness-free.

Anything it learns in one instance can be immediately transferred to the others. And instead of one single program, it’s an aggregation of diverse software engines—its logic-deduction engine and its language-parsing engine might operate on different code, on different chips, in different locations—all cleverly integrated into a unified stream of intelligence.

Like all utilities, AI will be supremely boring, even as it transforms the Internet, the global economy, and civilization. It will enliven inert objects, much as electricity did more than a century ago. Everything that we formerly electrified we will now cognitize. This new utilitarian AI will also augment us individually as people (deepening our memory, speeding our recognition) and collectively as a species. There is almost nothing we can think of that cannot be made new, different, or interesting by infusing it with some extra IQ. In fact, the business plans of the next 10,000 startups are easy to forecast: Take X and add AI. This is a big deal, and now it’s here.






the universe will be left with

the ghostly glow of dead galaxies:

Remnants of huge mistakes









Nonhuman intelligence is not a bug, it’s a feature.

The chief virtue of AIs will be their alien intelligence.


Rather than evolving independently, nearby worlds influence one another by a subtle force of repulsion.

Interaction could explain everything that is bizarre about how particles operate on a microscopic scale.

Quantum mechanics is notoriously difficult to fathom, exhibiting weird phenomena which seem to violate the laws of cause and effect.

Multiple versions of us are living in alternate worlds that interact with each other, theory claims.

The holographic model suggests gravity in the universe comes from thin, vibrating strings.

These strings are holograms of events that take place in a simpler, flatter cosmos.


Elon Musk warns against unleashing

Artificial Intelligence ‘demon’


Musk, who promises to take humans to new heights with space and battery technologies, was especially grounded in his latest caution on artificial intelligence.


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Elon Musk


He told an audience at MIT that “we should be very careful about artificial intelligence,” warning it may be “our biggest existential threat.”

“With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon,” he said.

“In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like yeah he’s sure he can control the demon,” he continued, to some laughs from the audience.

Musk then cracked a smile: “Didn’t work out.”

His Tesla (TSLA) electric vehicles and SpaceX rockets, which recently won a multi-billion dollar contract with NASA, have pushed the limits of their respective technologies.

Musk hasn’t embraced artificial intelligence, a field of study at MIT and other schools with significant ethical considerations and business potential. He has previously cautioned it is “potentially more dangerous than nukes.”

But he has invested in artificial intelligence companies — because, he told CNN’s Rachel Crane recently, he wanted “to keep an eye on them.”

“I wanted to see how artificial intelligence was developing,” Musk said in the CNN interview. Among his questions: “Are companies taking the right safety precautions?”

Related: Google snaps up artificial intelligence firm

Musk was responding to a question about whether artificial intelligence was “even close to being ready for prime time?”

“I’m increasingly inclined to think there should be some regulatory oversight maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish,” Musk said.

Tech entrepreneur Marc Andreessen — of Netscape fame — is on the same page. Don’t be “freaked out” by Musk’s comments, he seemed to say on Twitter.

“Famous last words. Actually, they would be famous … if there were any humans left alive to hear them,” Musk posted in response.

Andreessen replied: “Sadly, that also means you’ll get no credit for being right.”