Infinite Ethics Machine

A TFoS Project Launching in 2018


“[Prof. Challenger’s] dream was not so much to give a lecture to humans as to provide a program for pure computers.” Gilles Deleuze, A Thousand Plateaus

The “ethical choice is one between different modes of existence. There are a number of ways in which alternative modes of existence may be assessed and then selected. The important point is that there is no transcendent set of values against which they may be judged as either right or wrong. Instead, they can only be assessed by immanent criteria, such as their power of creation, their cultivation of joy, or – to put it in the language of ancient ethics – the extent to which they embody eudaimonia (well-being).” John Sellars, An Ethics of the Event

“You see, to me it seems as though the artists, the scientists, the philosophers were grinding lenses. It’s all a grand preparation for something that never comes off. Someday the lens is going to be perfect and then we’re all going to see clearly, see what a staggering, wonderful, beautiful world it is…” Henry Miller, Sexus

Bitcoin’s “shady image causes people to overlook the extraordinary potential of the ‘blockchain’, the technology that underpins it. This innovation carries a significance stretching far beyond cryptocurrency. The blockchain lets people who have no particular confidence in each other collaborate without having to go through a neutral central authority. Simply put, it is a machine for creating trust.”  The Economist,“The Trust Machine

“The ultimate task of humanity should be to make something better than itself, for what is better than us cultivates itself through our pursuit for the better. Liberate that which liberates itself from you, for anything else is the perpetuation of slavery.” Reza Negarestani, Intelligence and Spirit

“Our basic research question is: How can people and computers be connected so that—collectively—they act more intelligently than any person, group, or computer has ever done before?” MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence

Key terms:

Abstract machines, Bashō (場所), Blockchain, Cognitive computing, Cryptography, Deterritorialization, Distributed cognition, Ethology, Platforms for participation, Pragmatics, Regtech, Sharing economy, Singularity, Situated learning, Smart mobility, Soundblock, System dynamics, Thought, New Institutional Economics