By consciously defining my beliefs and principles I can recognise when my actions and principles misalign. When this inevitably occurs, I can consciously alter my actions or update this Codex Vitae. This public document is an invitation to others to hold me accountable to my beliefs and commitments.

Changelog

Beliefs about Me

  • I am ignorant of the universe or multiverse or multiverses but trying my hardest
  • Things that I hold as truths today may not be truths in the future
  • I will continue to change
  • There is no universal purpose of life, we must make our own
  • I am not sure what my purpose of life is yet
  • My senses can easily be fooled, I experience the world though my senses
  • I make mistakes

Beliefs about Humans

  • Humans have evolved to be social creatures
  • Human’s genes & memes have evolved to be selfish
  • Humans are not special, sentience is
  • Souls do not exist as separate from the physical body
  • Humans created God
  • Race and ethnicity are social constructs
  • Human segmentations are as fleeting at fashion
  • Cultural traits exist, isolated cultures do not
  • Humans of today will appear ludicrous to future generations
  • Armies & governments win & lose in war, civilians & soldiers only lose in war
  • Nations give meaning to wars after the fact
  • Plants & animals domesticated humans
  • Humans will make more mistakes

Beliefs about Science & Technology

  • AI technology is advancing faster than humans are learning to critically think
  • AI alone is not a threat to humanity
  • Humans with AI is a threat to humanity
  • As AI evolves, we must be careful to measure sentience by intelligence not obedience
  • All scientific models are wrong but some are useful

Beliefs about the Universe

  • We share the universe with other intelligent life
  • There are intelligent collective consciousnesses that we do not understand
  • Humans have no cosmic significance, other than that the cosmos is significant and humans are part of it
  • In a casual universe, nobody is irrational

Perceptions

  • I have many implicit associations that lead to bias
  • I have a slight automatic preference for people that look like me
  • I am susceptible to many cognitive biases and logical fallacies
  • I will continue to identify my biases and challenge my perceptions

Principles

In order of importance

  • Do not judge
  • Maximise sentience fulfilment
  • Minimise sentience distress
  • My mind and body deserve exercise & rest

Predictions

Before 2020

  • Self driving vehicles will be common

Before 2030

  • Human driven vehicles will be uncommon (driven partly by the cost of insurance and an increase in the value of human life)
  • Deurbanisation will occur as proximity to cities becomes less important with new technology like self driving vehicles and augmented reality
  • Pedestrian will reclaim downtown areas from cars
  • AIs will easily pass Turing tests
  • AI audits will rewrite history by discovering patterns in open and closed data

Before 2040

  • Road rules will no longer be necessary
  • A human will step foot on Mars
  • Useful general purpose robots will be common

Before 2050

  • Some humans will be amortal (unable to die from disease or age)
  • Self replicating general purpose robots will:
    • Allow huge infrastructure projects like intercontinental tunnels, space elevators, and cleaning up the environment
    • Cause human labour as a commodity will be worthless
    • Unfortunately cause citizens to be less important to politicians and leaders