Questions that are of interest to me:
- What are the general conditions for consciousness and intelligence live to exist? For example, in terms of temperature, environment, etc. For example, did it exist right after the Big Bang? Will it keep existing when the Universe is much cooler (if it is going to be like that)?
- What is a way to bring good to this world in terms of comfort and good life to all people and beings? How to provide all humans with good housing, food, education, transport, recreation, work, health, and freedom to express themselves (without harm to others)? Are there enough resources to support that?
- How to live ecologically and be kind to all beings?
- Is our Universe deterministic? Is there free will? If there is none, how to keep ourselves motivated to live happily and productively nevertheless?
- How to create an (Artificial) Intelligence?
- How does the Universe work?
- Are there other intelligent beings and is it possible to reach them (bar the we-think-about-them-and-they-think-about-us experience)?
Projects I am interested in:
- Education and training (like internships, apprenticeships, etc.) opportunities for people all around the world, especially virtually and, if possible and when necessary, co-sponsored.
- Anything that boosts “ecological” (in a broad sense, meaning it should be of a general good, ethical, economical, etc.) provision of housing, food, education, transport, recreation, work, health and freedom (without harm to others) to all people, as well as anything that boosts ecological and kind-to-all-beings living. That includes the usage and advancements of technology, art, culture, science, politics, etc.
- A development and ethics of the artificial intelligence and machine learning fields.
- Simulation of social agents (including humans) at the micro- and macroscales, for getting insights and improving the lives.
- Creation of technology objects (e.g. planes) which are not metal-driven, for safer and more ecological living.
- Civil and ecological universe expansion.
What I have learnt/think based on my experience and thoughts:
- There are a few “simple” practices that help keep your mind calm and focused at the same time. Meditation does work.
- There are more sophisticated practices that a human can perform with their mind and brain, like lucid dreaming, but it is not necessarily the case that those are essential to be happy.
- There is so much questionable literature and ideas about how and what to do to be happy/in harmony/successful. It is important to remain objective, alert and use a scientific method when learning and potentially trying some of them.
- The opportunities of any human being are limitless theoretically, but practically limited by circumstances and a chance. At the same time, taking unlikely fatal chances aside, anyone can do so much (i.e. almost anything).
- Ethics, self-control (without restrictions on expression and brainstorming ideas as far as it does not harm anyone), being honourable is paramount.
- Being strong, mentally and physically, and being in connection with others, is important to live happily and protect yourself and others. That includes being a responsible human being, caring about yourself and the environment.
- In a moment, a very good person can do something really terrible, and a very bad person can start a life of genuine repentance and a life of doing the good.
- Repenting and critique are important but should not be self-harming.
- One’s death is generally unavoidable, even though there might be ways to redefine the death (e.g. by transferring and simulating a cognition virtually and/or transferring a cognition into other bodies).
- Death and suffering are parts of the life cycle. We just should do what we do and what we must. We do things collaboratively. We share. We are parts of groups and communities. One might die, few might day, many might die; however, communities generally survive and can strive. One’s death is inevitable but their legacy survives.
- It is paramount to study, work, and grow.
- It is paramount to enjoy a life (not in terms of a “must” but more like a cultivated desire to do so).
- Believe in yourself.
- The world might be deterministic (at least in regard to our decisions, even with either “exogenous” randomness or multiverses). If so, accept and play your deterministic role. At the same time, hope there is a chance that it is not deterministic and you have free will, and choose wisely and with good joy.