In this episode of Data Driven, Frank and Andy speak with Peter Voss about Artificial General Intelligence, Personalizing Personal Assistants, and Motorcycles.

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Guest Bio

Peter Voss is the world’s foremost authority in Artificial General Intelligence.

His company Aigo (https://www.aigo.ai/) has created the world’s first intelligent cognitive assistant.

Aigo was funded with a personal investment of $10 million dollars. They currently manage millions of personalized customer service inquiries for household name-brands

Notable Quotes

Aigo is Peter’s company. BAILeY’s Introduction (00:00)

The east coast has been blanketed with snow. (01:30)

The Expanse books (03:00)

Coding for curiosity? – Frank (11:50)

“Models don’t dynamically learn.” – Peter (13:00)

Three waves: Logic programming, Deep learning / neural networks, cognitive architecture / intelligence (14:00)

Intelligence v. sentience? – Frank (15:50)

What about bots being “led astray?” – Andy (18:30)

On programming morality… (21:30)

AI Safety is a better description – Peter (22:30)

Asimov’s three laws of robotics – Frank (23:15)

On delimmas – Peter (24:15)

“Morality should be about human flourishing.” – Peter (25:15)

Are we using digital means to do something analog? – Andy (27:55)

Peter is trained as an electronics engineer. (28:05)

“Context is always super-important.” – Peter (28:30)

“You need a feedback system.” – Peter (30:00)

AIGO is Peter’s company. (31:00)

The three meanings of personal. (34:00)

“Exo-cortex” (33:50)

On context switches (38:30)

Did you find AI or did AI find you? (41:00)

“I took five years off to study…” – Peter (43:00)

What’s your favorite part of your current gig? (44:10)

When I’m not working, I enjoy ___. (45:00)

I think the coolest thing in technology today is ___. (45:30)

I look forward to the day when I can use technology to ___. (46:25)

Something interesting or different about yourself (47:00)

How Not to Die (48:00)

Where can people learn more about Peter? (49:00)

Book reading / listening recommendations? (49:00)

The Mind’s I (50:00)

Peter’s articles on Medium (52:00)

Get a free audio book and support DataDriven – visit thedatadrivenbook.com! (00:00)

Sabine Hossenfelder explains why free will is incompatible with the currently known laws of nature and why the idea makes no sense anyway.  

Compare this with John-Paul Sartre’s “We are condemned to be free.”

Sounds like a perfect debate topic for Philosophy Friday here on Frank’s World.

Time stamps:

  • 0:00 Intro and Content Summary
  • 0:30 Free will as the possibility to select a future
  • 1:21 Free will is incompatible with the laws of nature
  • 3:02 Chaos and quantum mechanics make no difference
  • 3:50 Free will is nonsense
  • 4:28 Other definitions of free will
  • 6:32 What is really going on
  • 6:58 Reacting to a prediction is not free will
  • 8:00 Free will is unnecessary for moral behavior
  • 9:30 How to live without free will

Philosophy Tube explores what the future holds for consciousness, compute, and AI.

What does this mean?

Biology meets computer science meets philosophy! Following a discussion between Antonio Damasio and Aubrey de Grey I was inspired to talk about minds and brains, computers, artificial intelligence, and technology!

It’s these mash-ups of different fields and disciplines that makes this field so fascinating.

For today’s Philosophy Friday, here’s a look at a well-known concept that has emerged from Taoist philosophy is wu wei, that can be translated as “non-action”, “effortless action”, or the paradoxical “action of non-action”.

Watch this video to explore this concept and what is has to do with “flow” and even a resemblance to stoicism. 

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at Caltech, specializing in quantum mechanics, gravity, and cosmology. He is the author of several popular books: one on the arrow of time called From Eternity to Here, one on the Higgs boson called The Particle at the End of the Universe, and one on science and philosophy called The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself.

He has an upcoming book on Quantum Mechanics that you can preorder now called Something Deeply Hidden.

This is a great interview with Lex Fridman.