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Biological Life-Extension is Not Enough

            Randal A. Koene
             Carboncopies.org
PERSONAL
No one wants to live longer just to live longer.

         Motivation informs Method.
Having an Objective, a Goal, requires that you
       have some notion of success.
Creating (intelligent) machines that have the
capabilities we do not – is not as good as being
     able to experience the...
Is being out of the loop really your goal?
Near-term goals: Extended lives without
expanded minds are in conflict with creative
              development.
SOCIAL
Gene survival is extremely dependent on an
 environment – it is unlikely to survive many
                   changes.

Wors...
Is CTGGAGTAC better than GTTGACTGAC?

We are vessels for that game – but for the last
10,000 years something has been happ...
Certain future experiences are desirable, others
are not – these are your perspectives, the memes
                 you cha...
Too early to do uploading? - No! The big
      perspective is relevant now.

    We don't like myopic thinking in our
poli...
SPECIES
Life-extension in biology may increase the fragility
          of our species & civilization...

          More people? - ...
Biological life-extension within the same
evolutionary niche = further specialization to the
               same performan...
Aubrey de Grey: Ultimately, desires “uploading”
TECHNICAL
Significant biological life-extension in
incredibly difficult and beset by threats.

    Reality vs. popular perception.
Life-extension and Substrate-Independence are
             two different objectives
Developing out of a “catchment area”
    (S.Gildert) may demand iterations of
 exploration – and exploration involves risk...
“Uploading” is just one step of many – but a
necessary step – for a truly advanced species
Thank You

    carboncopies.org
randal.a.koene@carboncopies.org



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Dr. Randal Koene: Biological Life Extension is Not Enough (Australian Singularity Summit 2012)

Second keynote by Dr. Randal Koene at the 2012 Australian Singularity Summit. Dr. Koene presents the motivation for human technological augmentation and reasons to go beyond biological life extension.

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  1. 1. Biological Life-Extension is Not Enough Randal A. Koene Carboncopies.org
  2. 2. PERSONAL
  3. 3. No one wants to live longer just to live longer. Motivation informs Method.
  4. 4. Having an Objective, a Goal, requires that you have some notion of success.
  5. 5. Creating (intelligent) machines that have the capabilities we do not – is not as good as being able to experience them ourselves... Imagine... creating/playing music. Imagine... being the kayak. Imagine... perceiving the background radiation of the universe.
  6. 6. Is being out of the loop really your goal?
  7. 7. Near-term goals: Extended lives without expanded minds are in conflict with creative development.
  8. 8. SOCIAL
  9. 9. Gene survival is extremely dependent on an environment – it is unlikely to survive many changes. Worse... gene replication does not sustain that which we care most about!
  10. 10. Is CTGGAGTAC better than GTTGACTGAC? We are vessels for that game – but for the last 10,000 years something has been happening!
  11. 11. Certain future experiences are desirable, others are not – these are your perspectives, the memes you champion... Death keeps stealing our champions, our experts.
  12. 12. Too early to do uploading? - No! The big perspective is relevant now. We don't like myopic thinking in our politicians, let's not be myopic about world issues ourselves.
  13. 13. SPECIES
  14. 14. Life-extension in biology may increase the fragility of our species & civilization... More people? - Resources. Less births? - Fewer novel perspectives. Expansion? - Environmental limitation.
  15. 15. Biological life-extension within the same evolutionary niche = further specialization to the same performance “over-training” in conflict with generalization
  16. 16. Aubrey de Grey: Ultimately, desires “uploading”
  17. 17. TECHNICAL
  18. 18. Significant biological life-extension in incredibly difficult and beset by threats. Reality vs. popular perception.
  19. 19. Life-extension and Substrate-Independence are two different objectives
  20. 20. Developing out of a “catchment area” (S.Gildert) may demand iterations of exploration – and exploration involves risk. Hard-wired delusions and drives. What would an AGI do? Which types of AGI would exist in the long run?
  21. 21. “Uploading” is just one step of many – but a necessary step – for a truly advanced species
  22. 22. Thank You carboncopies.org randal.a.koene@carboncopies.org 22
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Second keynote by Dr. Randal Koene at the 2012 Australian Singularity Summit. Dr. Koene presents the motivation for human technological augmentation and reasons to go beyond biological life extension.

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