- The "father of AI" and long-time transhumanist2 Marvin Minsky has written numerous essays and books on artificial intelligence3, consciousness, and other topics of great relevance to the achievement of transhumanist4 goals.
- Since one intent of this book is to convey a historical sense of the development of transhumanism5, we have chosen to publish not a formal essay but a typically opinionated talk by Minsky that conveys some of the flavor of transhumanist6 conference discussions in the mid-1990s. These conferences generated and developed ideas well outside the mainstream of the time - ideas that have increasingly become seriously discussed in todays mainstream.
- Here Minsky emphasizes differences in thinking between transhumanists7 and others; says why you want to live longer in order to be able to solve the hard problems; explains how Freud was one of the first to understand that the mind is not a unitary entity; the silliness of those who believe machines cannot be conscious; and why various approaches to machine intelligence are a bad idea.
Footnote 1: Taken from "More (Max) & Vita-More (Natasha) - Transhumanism: Core Technologies - Introduction".
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