Episode 67


Jesse is joined by Dr. Kenneth Ford, philosopher-cum-computer-scientist and Founder of the Florida Institute For Human & Machine Cognition.

Dr. Ford gives a fresh take on the principles behind the Turing Test, Artificial Intelligence (or Amplified Intelligence, in Dr. Ford’s preferred jargon), and the hurdles that stand in the way of more rapid advancement in the field.

We’ll also get a first glimpse of a successful memory implantation study, and find out how some smart drug users may be at risk for… unintended pregnancy.  (Bet you didn’t see that one coming.)

Episode Highlights

0:30How Smart Drug Smarts made Dr. Kenneth Ford's acquaintance
2:07This Week in Neuroscience: New Memories Implanted In Mice While They Sleep
5:37Thank you for your suggestions and a hint at next week's possibly lucrative biological function
6:31Dr. Ford's varied career path and qualifications, and an introduction to the Institute For Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC)
8:03The route from philosophy to artificial intelligence: "How does a brain give rise to a mind?"
10:07Amplified intelligence and "cognitive orthotics"
12:10Has the Turing Test misdirected AI research?
13:50How has the idea of amplified intelligence (as opposed to artificial intelligence) fuelled research at IHMC
15:18Dr. Ford's top-pick research areas: Language development, humanoid robotics, and cutting edge exercise equipment for space travel
17:45"Science is invented by the tools of science" – predictions on the next big advancements in cognition enhancement
18:54Dogs vs Computers vs Kasparov: The difference between human and artificial intelligence 
21:00The parallels between redefining flight and redefining intelligence
21:12"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win": The rapid transition from the belief that AI advancement was impossible, to widespread fear of the potential hazards
23:01Dr. Ford's personal thoughts on the moral and practical implications of AI
24:57The internal structure of IHMC and how recruitment is handled
26:41The biggest potential wins in terms of improving our physical bodies with technology
30:10Some thoughts on our possible dystopian future and Cats, Toilets, and the Limits of Human Comprehension
32:39 Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick: Are Your Smart Drugs Hurting Your Contraceptives?
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34:21(For Axon users) Show notes online here
Written by Rhiannan Roe
Rhiannan Roe is a writer, editor and unapologetic champion of self-improvement. Combining her passions has led to her helping several start-ups across three continents. In her spare time she travels, collects stories from inspiring people, and fruitlessly endeavors to read every book ever written.
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