Jim continues his conversation with Serge Faguet, this time focusing on the nature of consciousness and its implications for the wise and ethical use of AI systems…Jim continues his conversation with Serge Faguet, this time focusing on the nature of consciousness and its implications for the wise and ethical use of AI systems. They discuss a technological Singularity, the evolution & significance of consciousness, integrated information theory (IIT) vs. John Searle’s arguments, whether current AIs exhibit consciousness, applying the golden rule to AIs, AI alignment, consciousness as solution to the combinatoric explosion of inference, the importance of systems thinking, an upcoming workshop on free will, virtue ethics without religion, building a decentralized nondogmatic religion, gender parity in GameB, Serge’s move from entrepreneurship to full-time community-building, and much more.
Serge looks forward to receiving any feedback or expressions of interest at first.last@gmail or (better) first_last on Telegram.
- Episode Transcript
- Serge Faguet (website)
- Serge Faguet on Twitter
- Serge Faguet on Medium
- JRS Currents 074: Serge Faguet on Building Metacommunity
- “In Search of the 5th Attractor,” by Jim Rutt (Medium)
- Integrated information theory (Wikipedia)
- Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality, by Max Tegmark
- JRS EP 157 – Terrence Deacon on Mind’s Emergence From Matter
- Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness, by Gerald M. Edelman
- “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” by Thomas Nagel
- JRS EP 170 – John Vervaeke and Jordan Hall on The Religion That Is Not a Religion
Serge Faguet is a Russian-Ukrainian entrepreneur and prolific thinker. He has founded multiple tech companies including multi-billion-dollar B2B online travel company Emerging Travel Group, concierge medicine care delivery company Novami, AI drug discovery company Multiomic Health, automated clinical trial recruitment company Nexus and Web2 ⇒ Web3 onboarding product Identix. A proponent of biohacking, his vision is to build a large-scale commercial data/biobank that gathers healthcare data to make major progress for increasing productivity, longevity, and quality of life. As a philosopher-entrepreneur, Serge believes that we need to adopt a syncretic approach to innovation and use entrepreneurial ideation to enact enduring material change and eventually construct a more hospitable future for all of humanity. Serge is interested in implementing the principles of Web3 and crypto to build decentralized institutions, govern ourselves, and control our own data. His greatest passions lie in inspiring others to discover their authentic selves through communal collaboration and encouraging political action by creating a healthier, more self-aware society.