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How will we keep our current and future artificial intelligences ethically aligned with human preferences? Who do we need to help with that? Answer: A philosopher of the use of emerging cognitive technologies. Karina Vold is Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology and has recently come from the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. She thinks, writes, and speaks about the the evolution of AI from a philosopher’s perspective. In this interview we learn about the Philosophy of Mind, the Extended Mind Hypothesis – and find out who Otto and Inga are. Ever wondered whether you could make a living as a philosopher? Karina will tell you how she has.

All this and our usual look at today’s AI headlines

Transcript and URLs referenced at HumanCusp Blog.

Karina Vold


Posted by Peter Scott

Peter Scott’s résumé reads like a Monty Python punchline: half business coach, half information technology specialist, half teacher, three-quarters daddy. After receiving a master’s degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University, he has worked for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an employee and contractor for over thirty years, helping advance our exploration of the Solar System. Over the years, he branched out into writing technical books and training. Yet at the same time, he developed a parallel career in “soft” fields of human development, getting certifications in NeuroLinguistic Programming from founder John Grinder and in coaching from the International Coaching Federation. In 2007 he co-created a convention honoring the centennial of the birth of author Robert Heinlein, attended by over 700 science fiction fans and aerospace experts, a unique fusion of the visionary with the concrete. Bridging these disparate worlds positions him to envisage a delicate solution to the existential crises facing humanity. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two daughters, writing the Human Cusp blog on dealing with exponential change.

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