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Humanist Archives: July 25, 2020, 6:50 a.m. Humanist 34.184 - new blog series

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 184.
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        Date: 2020-07-24 21:35:50+00:00
        From: Bill Benzon 
        Subject: NEW SAVANNA: The road ahead, into the Singularity and beyond [GPT-3]

Willard and Humanists,

I've begun a blog series of GPT-3. I expect to run to five posts. The first is
up. Here's the introduction:

>  This is the first in a series of posts where I set out a vision for the
evolution of artificial intelligence beyond GPT-3 (GPT = Generative Pre-trained
Transformer). As I explain in the next post in the series, "No meaning, no
how", it is both a remarkable achievement - we are now at sea in the
Singularity and there is no turning back - and a remarkable temptation, hence
my name for the overall series, GPT-3: Rubicon and Waterloo. No doubt some will
yield to that temptation, but others are already resisting it, and have been for
awhile. What will happen?
> Of course I don't know how things will unfold, but I have preferences.
> The purpose of this series is to lay out those preferences. In the next
section of this post I quote extensively from an article David Hays and I
published in 1990, The Evolution of Cognition [1], the first in a series of
essays in which we outline a view of human cultural evolution over the longue
durée. Then I reprise the sketch of my (current) vision that I tucked into a
comment at Marginal Revolution. I conclude with some observations of the value
of being old (priors!).


Bill Benzon



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