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A Letter to Mother Nature: Amendments to the Human Constitution (revisited)//MaxMore

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“As technological progress outpaces biology, new selective pressures will arise that will force our species to evolve mentally and physically beyond what we are now.  This is the same trend that gave rise to our own intelligent species, but it will only accelerate in the coming generations.  Our new environment increasingly favors higher dexterity and intelligence, and so the true post-simian will not be an ape at all.  It will share some similarities with the modern ape, but at the same time possess capacities far beyond our comprehension.  The thought capacity of a single post-simian could be greater than the combined brains of every ape in the world.”//DresdenCodak: A Thinking Ape’s Critique of Trans-Simianism

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“The Proactionary Principle stands for the proactive pursuit of progress. Being proactive involves not only anticipating before acting, but learning by acting. When technological progress is halted, people lose an essential freedom and the accompanying opportunities to learn through diverse experiments. We already suffer from an undeveloped capacity for rational decision making. Prohibiting technological change will only stunt that capacity further. Continuing needs to alleviate global human suffering and desires to achieve human flourishing should make obvious the folly of stifling our freedom to learn.”//extropy.org

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“1. Perpetual Progress Seeking more intelligence, wisdom, and effectiveness, an indefinite lifespan, and the removal of political, cultural, biological, and psychological limits to self-actualization and self-realization. Perpetually overcoming constraints on our progress and possibilities. Expanding into the universe and advancing without end.

2. Self-Transformation Affirming continual moral, intellectual, and physical self-improvement, through critical and creative thinking, personal responsibility, and experimentation. Seeking biological and neurological augmentation along with emotional and psychological refinement.

3. Practical Optimism Fueling action with positive expectations. Adopting a rational, action-based optimism, in place of both blind faith and stagnant pessimism.

4. Intelligent Technology Applying science and technology creatively to transcend “natural” limits imposed by our biological heritage, culture, and environment. Seeing technology not as an end in itself but as an effective means towards the improvement of life.

5. Open Society Supporting social orders that foster freedom of speech, freedom of action, and experimentation. Opposing authoritarian social control and favoring the rule of law and decentralization of power. Preferring bargaining over battling, and exchange over compulsion. Openness to improvement rather than a static utopia.

6. Self-DirectionSeeking independent thinking, individual freedom, personal responsibility, self-direction, self-esteem, and respect for others.

7. Rational Thinking — Favoring reason over blind faith and questioning over dogma. Remaining open to challenges to our beliefs and practices in pursuit of perpetual improvement. Welcoming criticism of our existing beliefs while being open to new ideas.”//Max More::Extropian Priciples 3.0

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Toward the Human-Robot Co-Existence Society: On Safety Intelligence for Next Generation Robots//Yueh-Hsuan Weng

“Regulators are assuming that within
the next two decades, robots will be capable of adapting
to complex, unstructured environments and interacting
with humans to assist with the performance of daily life
tasks. Unlike heavily regulated industrial robots that
toil in isolated settings, Next Generation Robots will
have relative autonomy, which raises a number of safety
issues that are the focus of this article. Our purpose is to
describe a framework for a legal system focused on Next
Generation Robots safety issues, including a Safety In-
telligence concept that addresses robot Open-Texture
Risk. We express doubt that a model based on Isaac
Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics can ever be a suitable
foundation for creating an artificial moral agency ensur-
ing robot safety. Finally, we make predictions about the
most significant Next Generation Robots safety issues
that will arise as the human-robot co-existence society
emerges.”//Yueh-Hsuan Weng

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