(EF11) S1-E9: When the Lights Go Out The Blinding Light of an Artificial Future The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF11) Consistency Not Divinity

Most feel that creativity is something reserved for a few special god-like people when in reality, creativity is nothing more than a persistent learning process. — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Nine)

(EF11) S1-E9: When the Lights Go Out The Blinding Light of an Artificial Future The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF11) Ubermensch

Humans have such potential to become something. Not gods, but something as equally great–their highest selves…something that goes beyond everything that currently exists. — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Nine) (EF11)

Elon Musk

DEDICATION: Episode EF11 is dedicated to Elon Musk, one of the leaders of modern world technology development. Besides Tesla and SpaceX, his third company Neuralink, focuses on brain-computer interfaces which could play a huge role in the transhumanism movement. Musk’s work directly influences where the world goes next, although many of us wish his influence was bigger. Yet, his work is pioneering the path to a new era for humanity. Luckily, we have Musk and not the anti-hero in Episode EF11.

EF11 Show Notes

This episode is dedicated to Elon Musk. See the EF11 Show Notes for details of the dedication, inspirations, references, selected quotes and more.

(EF11) S1-E9: When the Lights Go Out The Blinding Light of an Artificial Future The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

EF11 (S1-E9): When the Lights Go Out: The Blinding Light of an Artificial Future

Aldford Herbert, a famous science fiction writer, is on the brink of finishing his latest novel about a realistic, dark future of artificial intelligence. A stroke of luck provides him with an opportunity to talk to Cynthia Butler, the mastermind behind the world’s most bleeding edge AI company. Aldford sees this as the perfect opportunity to secretly learn how precise his fictional predictions might be. What he doesn’t know is that Cynthia might just have a mysterious, and even more insidious agenda than his own. This episode of the Evolve Faster Podcast will investigate AI development from perspectives of deep learning to related neuroscience and several key technological advances in between. Technology and AI is rapidly evolving at a rate much faster than humanity ever did or could hope for. It’s not about if AI will achieve consciousness, but when will we be at least fooled into thinking it has? But does the rapid development automatically mean the end of humankind as we know it? Or is there an alternative route where co-existence is a brighter version of life as it is today?

(EF10) S1-E8: The Road to Happiness is Inked in Suffering The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF10) Pay It Forward … And Back

Sure, get the shiny new car … But don’t let the idea of it spoil your gratitude to the rust bucket that helped you get to work to afford it. — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Eight) (EF10)

(EF10) S1-E8: The Road to Happiness is Inked in Suffering The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF10) The Useless Cycle

Ironically, we often don’t get what we’re lacking because we waste time daydreaming about what we’re lacking — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Eight)

(EF10) S1-E8: The Road to Happiness is Inked in Suffering The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF10) One Without The Other

The wheel keeps on turning no matter what we do; and although we might think sadness is the element that doesn’t belong, it is as important as happiness. — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Eight)

(EF10) S1-E8: The Road to Happiness is Inked in Suffering The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF10) Hope You Like The Product

Somewhere in our brain there’s a happiness factory and we’re nothing more than the consumer of whatever that factory provides — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Eight) (EF10)

(EF10) S1-E8: The Road to Happiness is Inked in Suffering The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF10) A Triumph of Entitlement

In what might be the most spoiled irony in the history of ironies, Alex suffered because he didn’t know suffering … a completely new level when it comes to first world problems. — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Eight)