About Me

INTERESTS

I’m fascinated by the profound beauty of the universe, the seemingly unnecessary elegance of the mathematical equations it abides by, and the way a human being’s finer self will occasionally surface in spite of--or maybe even because of--desperate circumstances. My interests include the following:

-Artificial intelligence, including AI x-risk, superintelligence, AI alignment, eventual AI consciousness, and AI welfare (ethically necessary when AI becomes conscious, and integral to mitigating future AI risk). 

-The overlap of the simulation hypothesis (Nick Bostrom, elaboration on by David Chalmers) with artificial superintelligence, such as when we consider a future AI* as the creator of self-partitioned simulations, and the implications such a scenario would entail. 

-Brain preservation (aldehyde-stabilized), www.CarbonCopies.org

-Consciousness

-Digital minds, hybridization, whole brain emulation, transhumanism

-Effective altruism. (Yes, I still believe in reducing suffering, despite the current negative PR associated with this movement.) 

-The Fermi paradox (Is anyone not interested in this?)

-Fractals

-Futurism

-Psychedelic research for med dev and consciousness studies (Search "Johns Hopkins psychedelics studies" "JAMA Psychedelic" studies, or check out Michael Pollan's NY Times bestsellers for more information.)

-Physics, especially relativity physics "for the masses" and information physics. 

-Veganism for animal welfare and to mitigate climate change


WORK

I express my interests by creating art (UI level, programming level, and fractal-based), as well as by writing poetry, essays, short stories and short nonfiction books. (Samples of my work can be found in the menu structure.)

Past writing projects include some very simple “first introduction” books on special and general relativity. Search “Einstein Explained, Amy Louise Johnson” (my maiden name) on Amazon to see them. It's regrettable that most educational institutions neglect to teach students about the true nature of time and space. After all, what could be more fundamental to our existence? 


COMMUNITY

Public figures I admire for their intellect, insights, and humanity include Geoffrey Hinton, Yoshua Bengio, David Chalmers, Nick Bostrom, Eliezer Yudkowski, Peter Singer, Edward Frenkel, Sean Carroll, Brian Greene, Max Tegmark, and Lex Fridman, Ilya Sutskever. 


GUIDELINES

I'm wary of inflexible principles, but the following guidelines have some value in my decision-making process:  

I try to... 

I often fail in these efforts, but I still try.  



REPRIEVES

When my outlook on the world--and my thoughts about the future of humanity--become too dark, I take temporary "sanity reprieves" by making videos of my dog. Check out my YouTube channel for these: 


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHjTBlcvFYBCDPJKAdDslrQ

Your fellow consciousness

Amelia 

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*self-identifying as AI, since technically even an organic-identifying individual in a simulation might be considered AI when viewed from outside the simulation.