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

Table of Contents

Changelog

Beliefs

Beliefs about Me

  • I am ignorant
  • My emotions are my responsibility
  • My senses can easily be fooled, I experience the world though my senses
  • My beliefs should & will change
  • I learn more from failure then success
  • Taking no risks is a big risk
  • I have an ego & insecurities
  • I am optimistic
  • I am not the same person I was 5 years ago
  • I hopefully will not be the same person in 5 years
  • Practicing mindfulness helps me act consciously
  • My memory is fallible
  • My first impressions of people are normally wrong
  • 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
  • A person is smart, people are dumb
  • Humans are physical
  • Humans created God
  • Today’s humanity will appear ludicrous to future generations
  • Plants & animals also domesticated humans
  • Humans memory is fallible
  • Humans are made up of symbionts including;
    • a consciousness
    • a primate
    • accessible individualised data
    • trillions of bacteria, fungi, & viruses
    • thousands of mites
    • yet undiscovered creatures
    • their environment
  • Humans make mistakes

Beliefs about Society

  • Race & ethnicity are illegitimate & unhelpful social constructs
  • Cultural traits & norms exist, cultures do not
  • Verbal purity is not social change
  • Friendship is the best way to overcome bigotry
  • Soldiers generally have more in common with the people they fight then with the leaders that send them to fight
  • Nations give meaning to wars after the fact
  • Nation’s Rulers win & lose in war, civilians & soldiers only lose wars
  • Terrorism is an economic, educational, & health problem

Beliefs about Science

  • AI is already causing huge societal changes
  • AI alone is not a threat to humanity
  • Humans misusing AI is a threat to humanity
  • Google search can confirm any position
  • As deep 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

  • In a casual universe, everybody is rational
  • Humans share the universe with other intelligent life
  • There are intelligent collective consciousnesses that we do not understand or know exist
  • Humans have no cosmic significance, other than that the cosmos is significant & humans are part of it
  • There is no universal purpose of life, we must make our own
  • I am not sure what my purpose of life is yet

Beliefs about 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 & logical fallacies
  • It is my responsibility to continue to identify my biases & challenge my perceptions
  • I perceive a fraction of my surroundings

Beliefs about my Privilege

Note: a few of my privileges I earned with hard work & risk taking but most are the result of dumb luck

  • I am privileged because:
    • I am human
    • I grew up as the youngest in a loving & supporting family
    • I have a loving and supportive partner (Diana)
    • my physical appearance & cultural traits are considered “normal” where I live
    • I natively speak english with a western accent
    • I have multiple citizenships, permanent residency, & visas
    • I have access to the internet
    • I understand & create technology
    • I have a warm dry place to sleep
    • I have access to healthcare & counselling
    • I have learned tools to deal with stress
    • I am physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy
    • I have free time
    • I have the freedom to travel to most places on earth
    • I live below my means
    • I have savings
    • I choose to work
    • I could retire and live frugally (in a developing nation) on my savings
    • I am a military veteran of a western country
    • I am able bodied
    • I am 183cm tall
    • I am physically strong
    • I am confident
    • I am comfortable expressing my sexual orientation
    • I have recognised expertise in various fields
    • my skillsets are in demand & lucrative
    • I do not have to worry about being physically or sexually assaulted
    • I have good relationships with influential people
  • Humans are privileged because:
    • we are self aware
    • we are intelligent
    • we have articulate hands
    • we can control our environment
    • we can control other creatures
    • we communicate & organise with each other
    • we can record & share ideas & concepts
    • we learn from others experience

Beliefs about my Responsibilities

I am responsible to my values and principles as a sentient being. When I fail my values or principles, as I surely will, I am responsible to make amends.

Values

  • Sentience is special (not humans)
  • Sentience or States can not own sentience (Parents do not own their children, humans do not own their dogs)
  • Sentience or States can be responsible for sentience (Parents are responsible for their children, humans are responsible for their dogs)
  • Maximise sentience fulfillment
  • Minimise sentience distress
  • Think critically
  • Remain objective & open minded
  • Find opposing views & ideas
  • Update or reenforce opinions when presented with new reliable information

Principles

  • Be effective not busy
  • Reason ideas, don’t rationalize them
  • Withhold judgement of others
  • Understand people’s intentions
  • Have enough class not to make anyone feel small
  • Do not harbour hate or resentment
  • Accept blame for mistakes & share credit for successes
  • Identify & control ego
  • Spend more time listening than speaking
  • Focus on impact when speaking and intent when listening
  • Do not try to change people’s positions without first understanding their perspectives
  • Take risks & stay uncomfortable

Reactions

Subconscious reactions that I have noticed;

  • The sound of military jets & helicopters
    • Emotional response: anxiety & fear followed by sadness
    • Physical response: increased heart rate, adrenaline, tight chest, & occasional shaking
  • Explosions, loud bangs, fireworks, and some alarms
    • Emotional response: anxiety & excitement followed by sadness
    • Physical response: increased heart rate, adrenaline, & tight chest
  • Sight or thought of blood
    • Physical response: lightheadedness and occasional fainting
  • People interrupting to finish my sentiences
    • Emotional response: annoyed
    • Conversational response: become distracted & disengage
  • Being around Alpha people
    • Behavioural response: become more alpha
    • Emotional response: get annoyed at myself for failing to control my ego

Hopes and Desires

  • My life will be shared with many wonderful & interesting people
  • My existence will be a net positive for the universe
  • I will continue to be challenged & grow
  • We achieve a post scarcity economy & become a fulfilment focused society
  • Most items on my bucket list will be crossed off
  • I will have an extraordinary life

Predictions

Before 2020

  • Self driving vehicles will be common (1% of inner city traffic my home town of Ottawa)
    • 🔴 Failed: It seems I was too optimistic in 2017 about the state of self driving technology
  • Traffic will be dramatically reduced by the small number of vehicles using traffic aware navigation (Uber drivers, self driving cars, delivery trucks, etc)
    • 🔴 Failed: When an accident occurs on the highway, myself and a small cohort of other traffic aware navigators take the last available exit before the accident, follow some country roads, and then rejoin the highway after accident. However the affect seems fairly limited as the vast majority of drivers still do not use traffic aware navigation
  • Humans will develop new common language to discuss recent populism (bubbled advocates, post-truth politics, etc)
    • 🟠 Mostly failed: New language exists but it is not common

Before 2023

  • Fast satellite internet will be affordable in Canada (300Mbs⬆️⬇️for $150CAD per month)

Before 2025

  • Self driving vehicles will be common (1% of inner city traffic my home town of Ottawa)
  • Traffic will be dramatically reduced by the small number of vehicles using traffic aware navigation (Uber drivers, self driving cars, delivery trucks, etc)
  • Humans will develop new common language to discuss recent populism (bubbled advocates, post-truth politics, etc)
  • Car fitness will become a trend as people utilize their self driving commute

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 & closed data
  • Biometric tracking will allow for early detection of communicable diseases greatly reducing their transmission potential & prevalence
  • Critical thinking skills will improve as legacy media fades (alternatively the world will be destroyed by trolls)
  • The Detroit Big Three (Ford, GM, & Chrysler) will fail to adapt and be acquired or go bankrupt

Before 2040

  • The ML techniques of the 2010s will be considered our generation’s version of asbestos (News recommended for you, auto complete messages, suggested friends etc)
  • Road rules will no longer be necessary
  • A human will step foot on Mars
  • Useful general purpose robots will be common
  • Humans will be augmented to the point that they refer to their tools in the first person
  • Vehicles will travel at 300+kph on Canadian Highways
  • Capital will no longer be the most powerful commodity

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, & cleaning up the environment
    • Cause human labour as a commodity to become worthless
    • Unfortunately cause citizens to be less important to politicians & leaders

Before 2100

  • An extraterrestrial society will deem earthlings worthy and reveal themselves to us
  • Earthlings will travel to another solar system