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

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

  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 thecapabilities 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 withoutexpanded 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 last10,000 years something has been happening!
  11. 11. Certain future experiences are desirable, othersare 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 dont like myopic thinking in ourpoliticians, lets 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 sameevolutionary 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 inincredibly 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 wouldan AGI do? Which types of AGI would exist in the long run?
  21. 21. “Uploading” is just one step of many – but anecessary step – for a truly advanced species
  22. 22. Thank You carboncopies.orgrandal.a.koene@carboncopies.org 22

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