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🙏🏽⛩🤖 219 - Joshua Schrei on Embodied Ethics in The Age of A.I.

🙏🏽⛩🤖 219 - Joshua Schrei on Embodied Ethics in The Age of A.I.

On Innovation, Mystery, Initiation, Parenting...

This week marks the beginning of Embodied Ethics in The Age of A.I., a six-week online course led by writer and teacher Joshua Schrei, host of The Emerald Podcast.  This course is, in large part, inspired by an episode he wrote last year called “So You Want To Be A Sorcerer in The Age of Mythic Powers” — exploring the mythic dimensions of tech innovation and calling for a reclamation of initiatic mystery schools in order to provide us with the requisite self-mastery to wield tools like generative language models. I’m honored to be part of the all-star crew lined up to co-facilitate this course and as part of our pre-game sync and prep, I met with Josh to talk about the forces we’ve unleashed and how to live responsibly in a world where tech is, in Arthur C. Clarke’s words, now undoubtedly “indistinguishable from magic.” We explore the need to pace ourselves and anchor novelty production in ecologies of accountability; what it means to raise kids well amidst the A.I. revolution; and why humans cannot seem to stop invoking power and powers greater than our understanding.

If you enjoy this conversation, join us — and several dozen other awesome people — from 4/18-5/16 to learn and grow together and answer the call to better ourselves in service of this great historical unfolding!

(Big big thanks to former Center for Humane Technology Innovation Lead Andrew Dunn, founder of The School of Wise Innovation, for everything you’ve done to help inspire and organize all of this…)

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 Mentioned & Related Links:

“Modern culture is ‘ahead of the one.’ Modern culture is rushing to get somewhere.”

Sam Arbesman’s Cabinet of Wonders

Determined: A Science of Life Without Free Will by Robert Sapolsky

Rick Rubin and Dan Carlin discuss magic

Michael Garfield w/ host Kiki Sanford on This Week In Science Episode 965

“Information overload is a personal and societal danger” by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The Glass Cage by Nicholas Carr

Future Fossils 172 - Tyson Yunkaporta on Indigenous Systems Thinking, Fractal Governance, Ontopunk, and Queering W.E.I.R.D. Modernity

Center for Humane Technology

The Age of Em by Robin Hanson

“Scan Lovers” from How to Live in The Future by Michael Garfield at Boom Festival 2016

Wisdom 2.0 Summit

The Techno-Optimist Manifesto by Marc Andreessen

Iron John by Robert Bly

“The Model Isn’t The Territory, Either” by Douglas Rushkoff

Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants, and The Evolution of The Noosphere by Richard Doyle

“Chief Philosophy Officer” by Peter Limberg

“The Next Tech Backlash Will Be About Hygiene” by Jonnie Penn at TIME Magazine

Douglas Rushkoff at Betaworks in 2023: “I Will Not Be Automated”

Zohar Atkins (Website, Twitter)

My comments on “Hallucination Is Inevitable: An Innate Limitation of Large Language Models” by Xu, et al.

“For The Intuitives” (Part 1, Part 2) on The Emerald Podcast

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