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Brain Firmware Rewrite

What if we can all improve ourselves by downloading a "superior human nature" and installing in our brain?

Other terms - Moral bioenhancement, redesigning of human nature, human software update, brain firmware update, update patch for cognitive biases, software transhumanism, human nature rewrite

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Brain Firmware Rewrite

  1. 1. Large-scale distribution of software update patches for human brains?
  2. 2. If we can download Kung Fu Master skills, can we download “Greatest Thinker” skills? Putting aside the validity of calling Aristotle (left) a “Greatest Thinker”..... Can we download a “desirable” character or human nature? +From an engineering perspective, how? +What would happen if millions did so?
  3. 3. Other nomenclature: redesigning of human nature human software update brain firmware update update patch for cognitive biases software transhumanism human nature rewrite What has been studied so far? Closely related concepts A subset of transhumanism? https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11017-018-9440-5 “The composite redesign of humanity’s nature: a work in process” May be categorized as soteriology from a religious perspective https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/rec3.12377 “Saved through technology: Exploring the soteriology and eschatology of transhumanism” What has been discussed? “Moral bioenhancement won’t have a positive effect under the existing framework of nation-states.” https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316801464_Redesigning_human_nature_Moral_bioenhancement_and_the_quest_for_the_resolution_of_political_conflicts Redesigning human nature: Moral bioenhancement and the quest for the resolution of political conflicts “Moral bioenhancement” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_enhancement
  4. 4. 1. Genes & Epigen. 2. Human nature 3. Personality & ability 4.Microscopic society 5.Macroscopic society Layered model Environm ent Gives rise to Politics & economics
  5. 5. Interpretations by this model Training  ⇒Updating of 3 by the environment PTSD  ⇒2 or 3 altered by the environment, affecting 4 Designer baby  ⇒Engineering of 1 to alter 2, 3 or 4 Downloading of Kung Fu Master skills  ⇒Direct editing of 3 Downloading of “Greatest Thinker” skills  ⇒Direct editing of 2 or 3 to change 4 or 5 Neuralink by Elon Musk  ⇒Enables direct editing of 2 or 3? Control of public opinions by AI through SNS’s  ⇒Alters 4 by through environment to control 5 1. Genes & Epigen. 2. Human nature 3. Personality & ability 4.Microscopic society 5.Macroscopic society Environm ent Gives rise to Politics & economics
  6. 6. Existing understandings and technologies 1. Genes & Epigenetics 2. Human nature 3. Personality & ability 4.Microscopic society 5.Macroscopic society Environ ment Genetics Psychology, Behavioral psychology Biotechnology Neuroscience, BMI, Neuralink, Neurosurgery Education Culture, customs Mass media, propaganda Ideology, politics, mob psychology Hypnosis, EQ, MultiAgent Model
  7. 7. … at different levels Sufficient knowledge and level of quantification for engineering designs Research in progress, some engineering attempts Lack of quantification and reproducibility verification hinders engineering attempts The above labels may not be exact, but the general consensus is that levels of understandings differ among the arrows. 1. Genes & Epigenetics 2. Human nature 3. Personality & ability 4.Microscopic society 5.Macroscopic society Environ ment Genetics Psychology, Behavioral psychology Biotechnology Neuroscience, BMI, Neuralink, Neurosurgery Education Culture, customs Mass media, propaganda Ideology, politics, mob psychology Hypnosis, EQ, MultiAgent Model
  8. 8. Which gene exhibits a certain behavior? ⇒Designed baby that behaves in a certain way? Mathematical modelling of 3.) may enable quantification of 4.) and 5.)? ⇒i.e. do religious values build a happy society? Can we quantitatively define “Greatest Thinker”? ⇒Someone who can overcome cognitive biases originating from human nature? Is simulation of such character by AI a possibility? If we have sufficient levels of understanding? ⇒Engineering solutions and need to discuss their ethical and legal implications emerge? What if we successfully model all layers? 1. Genes & Epigenetics 2. Human nature 3. Personality & ability 4.Microscopic society 5.Macroscopic society Enviro nment
  9. 9. ”Top down approach” 1. Genes & Epigenetics 2. Human nature 3. Personality & ability 4.Microscopic society 5.Macroscopic society Design of a human nature optimized for extreme social environments such as Mars colony and interstellar generation ship Solution for issues originating from human nature, i.e. bullying, violence, harassment Analysis of animal social dynamics with distinctively different survival and reproductive strategies, i.e. ants and bees (lack of individuality?) What human nature should be installed to build a certain civilization?
  10. 10. ”Bottom up approach” Avoidance of “rewardless labor” observed among apes including humans - if this is altered, “money” as a concept may disappear. Tendency toward social hierarchy observed among apes - altering this human nature may result in “High Brands” vanishing Would massive deployment of “model Christian” behavior patterns actually build the “Kingdom of God”? If certain human behavioral pattern is installed in a large scale, how would the human civilization change? 1. Genes & Epigenetics 2. Human nature 3. Personality & ability 4.Microscopic society 5.Macroscopic society
  11. 11. “SciFi” What happens if we alter human nature? What civilization do aliens build based on their physical body and behavior patterns? These topics are currently reserved for only a limited number of works in science fiction. A Non-human protagonist or such with non-human cognitive patterns may make the story not understandable to human audience.
  12. 12. Attempts in the past “Civilization and human nature” -Attempts to go against core human behavior pattern i.e. family, fails in a relatively short term (ref: The Blueprint by Nicholas Christakis) -Going against less obvious human nature, i.e. monetary incentive, also fails a society (the rise and fall of communism?) -Religions survived by concurring with the human nature(including fairy tales, dependence, superstition, monetary incentives etc.? 1. Genes & Epigenetics 2. Human nature 3. Personality & ability 4.Microscopic society 5.Macroscopic society External branding Internal branding
  13. 13. Unprecedented Insufficient understanding from the engineering perspective Problems in the past 1. Genes & Epigenetics 2. Human nature 3. Personality & ability 4.Microscopic society 5.Macroscopic society
  14. 14. Problem space The human nature may hinder building of a purposed civilization (i.e. maximize happiness) Closely related concepts and earlier works Ethical bioenhancement is discussed in the field of philosophy and practical ethics. Human nature is becoming a target of engineering attempts, i.e. Nuralink, Fake News AI Shortcomings Insufficient understandings on how human genome shapes human civilization. Attempts on engineering a society or civilization in the past failed due to the above. Thoughts Mathematical modelling of how human genes shape civilization? Quantitative evaluation of ethical bioenhancement? With such models, there may be possibility of doing a purposed human nature rewrite (brain firmware update patch) or gene change to build a certain society or civilization. Conclusion Comments on the above thoughts? Summary
  15. 15. Evolutionary psychology elucidates the origin of human nature and data science sometimes quantitatively shows the validity of “traditional values”. “Social norms” originates from certain human behavioral patterns common with apes? Does the human nature obstruct the pursuit of happiness by other people? Can this be quantitatively demonstrated? Could AI be a better replacement for things the human nature can cause a problem? If human nature is obstructing the pursuit of happiness by other people, could an AI despot be a better solution in “maximizing the total amount of happiness” from a utilitarianist point of view? If “morally superior” AI can be mass-deployed, what’s the purpose of human morality, noting the fact that a lot of human values originate from the human nature common with wild apes? Do dolphin civilization have real estate investment trust? Dolphins have individuality and tendency toward ownership of resources just like humans do. They may invent an investment trust, but the definition of “real estate” may vastly differ. Potential good news A good public education system can teach people how to cope with human nature and control its negative side effects without relying on large-scale moral bioenhancement. An AI may be used to show an objective solution to people who would otherwise be affected by the negative side of human nature. Other thoughts

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