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Blockchain Thinking: The Brain as a DAC (Decentralized Autonomous Corporation)


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This talk explores how thinking could be formulated as a blockchain process that could have benefits for both artificial intelligence and human enhancement. Some possibilities might include the ability to orchestrate digital mindfile uploads, advocate for digital intelligences in future timeframes, implement smart contract-based utility functions, instantiate thinking as a power law, and facilitate the enactment of Friendly AI.

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Blockchain Thinking: The Brain as a DAC (Decentralized Autonomous Corporation)

  1. 1. March 28, 2015 Slides: Melanie Swan Blockchain Thinking The Brain as a DAC (Decentralized Autonomous Corporation)
  2. 2. March 28, 2015 Brain as a DAC 1 About Melanie Swan  Founder, Institute for Blockchain Studies  Singularity University Instructor, EDGE Contributor IEET Affiliate Scholar, Blockchain Academic:  Swan, M. Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy. Sebastopol CA: O'Reilly Media, 2015.  Swan, M. We Should Consider The Future World As One Of Multi-Species Intelligence. Response to The Edge Question 2015: What do you think about machines that think? John Brockman, Ed., 2015.  Swan, M. Cognitive Applications of the Brain as a DAC. Cognitive Science 2015: The Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Mind, Technology, and Society, Pasadena CA, July 2015. submitted.  Swan, M. Philosophy of Big Data: Expanding the Human-Data Relation with Big Data Science Services. IEEE BigDataService 2015, Redwood City CA, Mar 31-Apr 2, 2015. accepted.  Swan, M. Blockchain Thinking: The Brain as a DAC (Decentralized Autonomous Corporation). Texas Bitcoin Conference, Austin TX, March 27-29, 2015. accepted.  Swan, M. Machine ethics interfaces: An ethics of perception of nanorobot-aided cognition. Journal of Responsible Innovation. submitted. Traditional Markets Background New Markets Vision Source:
  3. 3. March 28, 2015 Brain as a DAC What is the blockchain? 2  A decentralized public transaction ledger  A currency, finance, economic, smart property system  An enabler of the M2M/IOT machine economy  A registry, listing, and management system for all of the world’s assets, smart property, and itemizable quanta  A society’s public records repository and legal, health, and governance system  A new form of information technology, a decentralized system of checks and balances, an infrastructure, an organizing system that is universal and of planetary-scale Source:
  4. 4. March 28, 2015 Brain as a DAC 3 Future of Diverse Thinking Entities Autonomous Car Smart Contract DAOs/DACs Enhanced Human IOT/M2M Smartnetworks Whole Brain Emulations Hybrid Classic Human Source: Neocortical Column Arrays Deep-Learning Clusters Machine Learning Algorithms Simulated Minds High-frequency Trading Networks Real-time Bidding Arrays Brain-computer Interfaces Digital Mindfile Uploads Artificial Life Synthetic BiologyDesigned Life Cellular Automata Supercomputers AI Agents Expert Systems Autonomic Computing Natural Language Processors Brain Scans Animals Personal Robotics Smarthome Networks
  5. 5. March 28, 2015 Brain as a DAC Top 4 Killer Apps: Brain as a DAC Artificial Intelligence 1. Friendly AI 2. Blockchain Deep-Learners 4  Instantiating thinking as a blockchain process: input-processing-output Human Enhancement 3. Blockchain Advocates 4. Digital Mindfile Services Source:
  6. 6. March 28, 2015 Brain as a DAC App #1: Friendly AI 5 Artificial Intelligence  Digital intelligences running on consensus-managed smartnetworks  Good reputational standing required to conduct operations  Resource access, fund-raising, services, contracts  Consensus only validates and records bonafide transactions from ‘good’ agents Sources:,
  7. 7. March 28, 2015 Brain as a DAC App #2: Blockchain Deep-Learners 6 Artificial Intelligence  Crucial moment for AI: large data corpora and ‘simple’ machine learning algorithms  Narrow AI: Google News, Translate, Image Recognition  Broad AI: Genomes, Connectomes  Large databases of personal connectomes reveal brain structure  Blockchain EMR, genome, connectome file sharing Sources:,
  8. 8. March 28, 2015 Brain as a DAC App #3: Blockchain Advocates 7 Human Enhancement  Smart contracts: independent third-party advocate in uncertain future time frames  Sustainability plan  Wikipedia of the future: blockchain-based oracle lookup services “You are running on the current standard, Windows 36 on a Quantum Itanium 3” - smart contract valet Source:
  9. 9. March 28, 2015 Brain as a DAC App #4: Digital Mindfile Services 8 Human Enhancement  Digital Mindfile Uploads  ‘Digital you’ services: LifeNaut, CyBeRev  Brain scan, personal connectome  Instantiate your mindfile as a DAC  Personal Thinking Chains  Life-logging, QS biometric datastore  Chain-based Memory, Ideas, Identity  Mindsim chains  Like digital health sims (Entelos) Source:
  10. 10. March 28, 2015 Brain as a DAC Thinking: Input-Processing-Output  Critical blockchain functionality  Tracking, universal real-time on-demand access, data quality validation, historical ledger, network effect, dynamic optimization  Memory: modular and manipulable  Neural Turing Machines: memory as machine learning network add-on  Neuroscience: accentuation and blocking  Storage  Distributed, on-chain pointers, swappable  File-Serving  Github/IPFS serving, versioning, soft-hashing 9 Source:
  11. 11. March 28, 2015 Brain as a DAC Thinking: Input-Processing-Output  Self-Mining Ecologies  Smarthome IOT networks, DAC brains  Administrative reciprocal mining  Proof of Intelligence  Consensus mechanism for smartnetwork operations not transaction recording  Demonstrate proof of ability to participate  Ideacoin, Mindcoin  Demurrage Redistribution  Potentiation and Ideas as currency 10 Source:
  12. 12. March 28, 2015 Brain as a DAC Thinking: Input-Processing-Output  Actions, ideas, feedback loops, utility functions, subjectivation possibilities  Programmable Utility Functions  Complexity math (Eigen values, nearest neighbors, coefficients) to instantiate the qualitative and the quantitative  Literacy Chains, Maslow Contracts, Actualization Chains  Extend our capacity to become ‘more’ of who we are and can be more quickly 11 Source:
  13. 13. March 28, 2015 Brain as a DAC Conclusions  Blockchains are a new form of information technology that might have many important future applications  Thinking as a blockchain process  AI: Friendly AI, Blockchain Deep-Learners  Human Enhancement: Blockchain Advocates, Digital Mindfile Services  Blockchain thinking applications for the immediate progress of intelligence and longer-term transition to digital societies 12 Source:
  14. 14. March 28, 2015 Slides: Melanie Swan The Brain as a DAC (Decentralized Autonomous Corporation) Thank You! Questions?