Jønathan Lyons is an affiliate scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and an assistant professor at Bucknell University. He also writes experimental fiction. He is the co-founder of Cicatrix Publications, along with Krysia Jopek. The first project from the press will be Cicatrix Journal, featuring experimental prose and poetry.

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His New Book on Artificial Superintelligence - Amazon.


Biography of Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy

Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy is a Tenured Associate Professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville. He is the founding and current director of the Cyber Security Lab and an author of many books including Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach. During his tenure at UofL, Dr. Yampolskiy has been recognized as: Distinguished Teaching ProfessorProfessor of the Year, Faculty Favorite, Top 4 Faculty, Leader in Engineering Education, Top 10 of Online College Professor of the Year, and Outstanding Early Career in Education award winner among many other honors and distinctions. Yampolskiy is aSenior member of IEEE and AGI; Member of Kentucky Academy of Science, and Research Advisor for MIRI and Associate of GCRI.


Roman Yampolskiy holds a PhD degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo. He was a recipient of a four year NSF (National Science Foundation) IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) fellowship. Before beginning his doctoral studies Dr. Yampolskiy received a BS/MS (High Honors) combined degree in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA. After completing his PhD dissertation Dr. Yampolskiy held a position of an Affiliate Academic at the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University of London,College of London. He had previously conducted research at the Laboratory for Applied Computing (currently known as Center for Advancing the Study of Infrastructure) at theRochester Institute of Technology and at the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Yampolskiy is an alumnus of Singularity University(GSP2012) and a Visiting Fellow of the Singularity Institute (Machine Intelligence Research Institute).


Dr. Yampolskiy’s main areas of interest are AI Safety, Artificial Intelligence, Behavioral Biometrics, Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics, Games, Genetic Algorithms, and Pattern Recognition. Dr. Yampolskiy is an author of over 100 publications including multiple journal articles and books. His research has been cited by 1000+ scientists and profiled in popular magazines both American and foreign (New Scientist, Poker Magazine, Science World Magazine), dozens of websites (BBC, MSNBC, Yahoo! News), on radio (German National Radio, Swedish National Radio, Alex Jones Show) and TV. Dr. Yampolskiy’s research has been featured 250+ times in numerous media reports in 22 languages.


About Peter Voss


Peter Voss is Founder and CEO, Adaptive Artificial Intelligence Inc. He is an entrepreneur with a background in electronics, computer systems, business, and technical software. He is also concerned with the intersection between artificial intelligence software and the human condition as conceived by cognitive science, philosophy, psychology, and ethics. Since the early 1990’s he has been researching and developing artificial general intelligence, founding Adaptive A.I. Inc. in December, 2001 with the goal of developing a commercially viable general-purpose AI engine.
Born in Germany, he moved at age 12 to South Africa. He worked in manufacturing and testing of diesel power generators, and the design and production of large static inverters. He started the company Electronic Designs in 1979 to custom build microprocessor-controlled systems for industrial applications. A year later, he started a computer systems company to provide turnkey solutions to medium sized businesses. After 13 years he took the company public in 1987, employing a staff of 400. He sold the company in 1992, and moved to the United States in 1995.
He believes that integrating insights from the following areas of cognitive science are crucial for rapid progress in Artificial Intelligence:

  • Philosophy/ epistemology — understanding the true nature of knowledge.
  • Cognitive psychology (including developmental & psychometric) for analysis of cognition — and especially — general conceptual intelligence.
  • Computer science — self-modifying systems, combining new connectionist pattern manipulation techniques with “traditional” AI engineering.
His other big passion is for exploring what he calls Optimal Living: Maximizing both the quantity & quality of life. He sees personal responsibility and optimizing knowledge acquisition as key. Specific interests include:
  • Rationality, as a means for knowledge. He’s largely sympathetic to the philosophy of Objectivism, and has done quite a bit of work on developing a rational approach to (personal & social) ethics.
  • Health (quality): physical, financial, cognitive, and emotional (passions, meaningful relationships, appreciation of art, etc.). Psychology: IQ & EQ.
  • Longevity (quantity): general research, CRON (calorie restriction), and cryonics.
  • Environment: economic, social, and political systems conducive to Optimal Living.
These interests logically lead to an interest in Futurism, in technology for improving life — overcoming limits to personal growth & improvement. The transhumanist philosophy of Extropianism best embodies this quest. Specific technologies that seem to hold most promise include AI, Nanotechnology, and various health & longevity approaches mentioned above.
Peter authored Essentials of General Intelligence: The direct path to AGI, Calorie Poisoning: Civilization’s Exploding Killer Disease, True Morality – Rational Principles for Optimal Living, The Nature of Freewill, Advanced Intelligence: SI, IA, and the Global Brain, Why Machines will become Hyper-Intelligent before Humans do, SIAI’s Guidelines for building “Friendly” AI, Metaphysics — it’s simpler than you think, De-scription versus Pre-scription — and other Ethical Confusions, Longevity — Major Factors Determining Life-Span, and Extropy NOW!
Watch Increased Intelligence, Improved Life, Peter Voss – Singularity Institute Interview Series, and First Annual Colloquium on the Law of Transhuman Persons: Voss & Yudkowsky. Read An Interview with AI Entrepreneur Peter Voss.
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In this podcast we discuss Aristotle, science fiction cinema, Heidegger, friendly AI, the threats and promises of superintelligent software, technology’s impact on society, surveillance states, and cyborg citizens.





 Peter Joseph Moons has a wide academic background and has spent over a dozen years outside the United States. Among his travels, he was in Panama for the tail end of the dictatorship under General Noriega. He also was in Kosovo, Yugoslavia, just after another political strongman, Slobodan Milošević, vacated his military forces from that province. Both of these experiences give him a unique perspective on governmental power. 


Peter's current interests include international relations, politics, understanding power and control within dictatorships, complex humanitarian emergencies, conflicts, crisis management, and ethics of technology. His analysis on these topics can be found at www.straterian.com or on Twitter, @Straterian. Peter's academic research papers are available at https://salve.academia.edu/PeterMoons and his complete professional profile is at www.linkedin/in/petermoons.


   COL Clark H. Summers, Ret. (USAR) is a doctoral candidate at Salve Regina University. His dissertation research considers aspects of American citizenship as an expression of the classical English militia tradition. Recent projects include article publications in Military Review, US Army Chemical Review, andInter-Disciplinary.Net.




From their website: 

What is Robots Without Borders?

Let us imagine a common scenario in the third world today. A teenage kid lives in a war torn country like South Sudan in Africa, or Kashmir, or Thailand. The teenager is the primary breadwinner of the family, and they are subsistence farmers. They carry water, fuel, and food large distances. Nearly every waking moment is spent surviving, rather than living. This young man takes care of his mother and sister, and together they scrape by as best they can. They are mostly illiterate and uneducated because of circumstances of their environment, but they are intelligent, caring Human beings with ambition and aspirations of a better life. They work too hard to have any time for education, beyond an elementary level; every hand is needed for work. They subsist on $10/month income doing menial, dangerous, or unsustainable jobs. The family is one illness, armed conflict, or natural disaster away from extinction. This scenario is a current reality for millions of people around the world. It is a Humanitarian crisis that has gone unresolved for thousands of years. In 2015- the age of the intelligent machine, the self-driving car, the golden age of space exploration, the suffering of such a large percentage of Humanity is still largely ignored by the “civilized” world.
What can we do about it? Do we give money to charitable organizations? It’s a noble gesture that often doesn’t help to solve the problem. Sometimes these organizations actually cause more problems for the people they’re trying to help. Why? In reality most of the money donated to charities is diverted into operating expenses, MOST of the money ends up being spent on keeping the charity’s doors open. It’s complex and expensive to provide assistance to people in remote and often hostile environments. Office space, employees, travel, and material expenses eat away the resources of even the most well intentioned and ethically managed charities. On the darker side of the spectrum, some organizations registered as charities send little or no money to the causes they’re fundraising for. They spend on lavish fundraising parties and $1000/plate dinners while people starve. They pay obscene CEO and management salaries rather than vaccinate millions for the same amount of money.
Any organization that overcomes these obstacles faces the diversion of resources and money by hostile local forces. Food and medicine is taken by local warlords and dictators to feed their armies rather than their citizens. Money is used to buy weapons to oppress the people rather than to empower the people. It’s a bleak and ineffective way to help.
Here’s what we want to do about it:
It’s a common misconception that people in the direst of poverty don’t have access to any technology at all. Technology of various kinds like old computers, cheap cellphones, home-made radio, and solar power are ubiquitous in the third world. A cheap phone you need to buy once, or a computer that you recycle and refurbish, is much easier to acquire than three consistent meals every single day of your life.
We want to send this kid a program that works on nearly any technology platform that creates an artificially intelligent friend and guardian using a simple interface. The kid and his well being and family are now bonded to the A.I. The kid is the A.I.’s “Family” and cares about this individual in particular. The kid is the reason it was created for. It “cares” about him.
On the first day it’s a useful and fun application that plays games, integrates social media, and is a handy and intelligent tool. On the second day, when the boy picks up his bucket to fetch water, the A.I. friend suggests a better route that is 70% closer. He also suggests that the scrap aluminum lying around be gathered into a solar oven, so his mom doesn’t have to walk as often for firewood.
The relationship develops and the A.I. assists the boy in his daily practical life. Identifying plants, teaching literacy, math, and science. Eventually, the A.I. asks the kid: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”; “A carpenter” the kid says. The A.I. then proceeds to educate the kid in the different methods of carpentry, the types of wood available in the local environment, and the tools needed for the job. After a short time the boy is making chairs, tables, and furniture that he sells in the local market, creating an income for the family.
One day the A.I. friend sounds an alarm and wakes up the boy. “Soldiers are headed this way from the north! It’s all over Twitter. We have to get out of here. Get your mother and your sister and head southwest to the UN refugee protection area! You’ll be safe there”.
Since the A.I. has been wisely managing the money the family earns through the businesses it helped them start, and the conditions at the refugee camp are unacceptable, the AI suggests the family take a flight to a friendly country and secure temporary housing in a more appropriate environment. With the family’s permission the AI books the flights and makes all of the arrangements for their safe passage.
Eventually when the chaos dies down the family returns to their homeland. The family now has the resources and skills to rebuild their home.
A few years later the AI greets it’s Human as he wakes in his comfortable “Good morning, happy 21st birthday old friend! As a birthday gift, I’ve reorganized your 401k and investments. We’ve achieved financial security and stability, your mother’s AI is keeping her healthy and happy in her golden years, your sister has taken her A.I. to university with her. It’s just me and you for a while. So, what do you really want to do with your life next?”
Please DONATE NOW to help Robots Without Borders make this vision a reality!

Robots Without BordersA project to bring Artificial Intelligence to the third world to help those who need it most.ROBOTSWITHOUTBORDERS.ORG


Monica Anderson is CTO and co-founder of Sensai Corporation and founder of Syntience Inc. She has created Industrial grade Model Based (programmed) AI systems for decades but insists that the path to human-like Understanding Machines requires adopting "Model Free Methods" where ALL Models of the Problem Domain are created by the system itself (through learning) instead of relying on limited (and limiting) Models created by programmers. She explains her approach using terms like "Connectome Algorithms", "Artificial Intuition", "Understanding Machines" and "Epistemological AI". She worked for Cisco until 1994 and Google until 2006 and in other companies focused on Natural Language Processing, Document Classification, Web Search, Neural Networks, and Deep Learning. She organized the (SF) Bay Area AI MeetUp for 115 MeetUps over 5 years. Monica Anderson is CTO and co-founder of Sensai Corporation and founder of Syntience Inc. She has created Industrial grade Model Based (programmed) AI systems for decades but insists that the path to human-like Understanding Machines requires adopting "Model Free Methods" where ALL Models of the Problem Domain are created by the system itself (through learning) instead of relying on limited (and limiting) Models created by programmers. She explains her approach using terms like "Connectome Algorithms", "Artificial Intuition", "Understanding Machines" and "Epistemological AI". She worked for Cisco until 1994 and Google until 2006 and in other companies focused on Natural Language Processing, Document Classification, Web Search, Neural Networks, and Deep Learning. She organized the (SF) Bay Area AI MeetUp for 115 MeetUps over 5 years. 

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