I’ve a new long form essay up at Perspectiva. The YouTube above is an introduction. This is how it begins…
“I recently became a wizard. Unfortunately, my assumption of the role involved neither magical rites nor secret lore. Rather, I became a wizard of a pedestrian type, increasingly common in a technological age.
I am involved in a project seeking to build an artificial spiritual companion using AIs. Trials involve individuals pretending to be AIs, so that patterns of exchange can be mapped for computers to replicate. The artificial artificial intelligences, also known as real people, are called wizards after the Wizard of Oz, who turns out to be an ordinary person on the other side of a screen. I was one such pretender.”
Spiritual Intelligence: What it is, why it’s needed, how it might return