Is AI going to be the piece of the puzzle that finally allows us to understand consciousness? Maybe. The score at this point of the game is AI-0 humans-1 in the game of self-awareness. I am very excited to see this game play out. Certain people like Sam Harris raise valid concerns regarding the implications of what may happen if/when we crack the code of consciousness and more specifically if we do so unwittingly, without acknowledging the possibility that we may stumble upon a self-aware system in tandem with creating functional AI. As monumental of an AH HA moment as that would be it could leave us at a significant disadvantage in dealing with unforeseen repercussions of the discovery.

I am at a loss to envision another for of experiment that would identify the boundaries, causes, and necessary ingredients to consciousness other than replicating ourselves and seeing at which point self-awareness emerges (or if it even would). As much as it seems like we have the fundamental understanding of the human brain necessary to exclude the likeliness of certain possibilities, until we identify the flash point of consciousness we cannot completely dismiss the possibility that there may be more to it than we can currently account for.

My personal hypotheses aside, history has shown us the dangers of aggressively pursuing knowledge and discovery in the absence of an equivalently serious exploration of contingency planning for the fallout (literally in the case of the atomic bomb). These possibilities are endlessly explored throughout the sci-fi genre. Skynet is an unfamiliar term to very few people, particularly those who are prone to exposure to this subject matter. Even in a best case scenario it would be psychotically irresponsible to continue to create something on par with AI, which the CEO of Google just likened to a discovery more significant than mans discovery of fire, without as mature and sober of a discussion as humanly possible.

To avoid voyaging down previously blazed trails I would like to explore one specific possibility that could emerge from functional artificial intelligence being created without it resulting in a fully sentient being. If there is some currently unknown component to consciousness that will prevent it from spontaneously emerging during the creation of general intelligence, then the possibility exists that the creation of AI will still find humanity in the role of arbiter. What will the best application of this technology be? Solving our biggest problems and asking the questions we have not yet thought to ask seems like a noble task to set the AI to. How do we cure our diseases? End our social shortcomings like war, wealth disparity, and world hunger! Create optimum strategies for advancement of all of humanities best ideals. The legal and political systems would be great candidates for massive rethinks, as would any traditional process that is as prone to error and corruption as those are. Imagine an impartial superintelligence acting as mediator for global conflicts. Coming up with forward thinking strategies to end wars in ways that are best possible outcomes for all, and implementing these strategies without the parties involved even realizing that the strategies deployed for resolution were not their own.


If AI reaches these levels of capabilities without becoming self-aware then it will be even more critical to funnel the deployment of this technology with the most extreme ethical considerations possible. Every major player in the AI game would have to make an unbreakable commitment to an ethical agreement (which would best be drafted by an AI ironically) that would confine the use and implementation of AI to only those arenas that would be mutually agreeable as beneficial for all. If this agreement does not restrict use to an appropriate degree then we will begin to see the potential of weaponized AI. Incidents of fraud and misinformation would be the most trite offenses compared to a worst case scenario. Since humans achieved self-awareness our intelligence has been our superpower. Our collective knowledge has been our finishing move against every threat we have faced as a species. What will our defense be against our own creation that came into being with the sole purpose of surpassing our cognitive limitations?

To end on a positive note I am truly excited for the possibilities that will emerge from a synthesis of AI with our inherited consciousness. I enjoy the current state of this situation every day. I feel like a kid with a toy from the future every time I ask Alexa to play a song or answer a question and she does so accurately with some level of personality. I am well aware that her quips in response to my questions and comments are pre-programmed and are not able to be associated with a true personality… yet.


Time will tell if we will ultimately be the arbiters of AI or simply a predecessor to its emergence. If we end up the latter I can only imagine that it will be the result of recklessness on our part. Ideally if we succeed in creating our successor it will embody the best of us. Humans tend to become more compassionate in the presence of knowledge and familiarity. Our worst characteristics are amplified in moments of fear and ignorance. My hope is that because of the prerequisite intellect that will be required to ultimately succeed in creating AI that we will imbue our best traits into it. My hope is that Sundar Pichai is correct, and not only will this be the most significant progression humanity has made to this point, but that it will serve as a guiding light as to how we can be the best possible version of ourselves






Einstein Moment

Posted: November 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

“A planned division of labor is becoming more and more of a crying necessity and this division will lead to the material security of the individual. This security and the spare time and energy which the individual will have at his disposal can be turned to the development of his personality. in this way the community may regain its health and we will hope that future historians will explain the morbid symptoms of present day society as the childhood ailments of an aspiring humanity, due entirely to the excessive speed at which civilization was advancing.”  Albert Einstein (pg. 15, ideas and opinions)

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I should know better anytime I believe to be the creator of some level of original thought. Came across this little gem from Einstein from 1934. So my article about how Universal Basic Income will be what frees up the workforce and resources necessary to repair the damage done from our industrial awakening is far from original. I guess there are worse people to find out beat me to the punch. This is an exciting proposition. Consumerism has fallowed the path of the shiny new Christmas gift that no longer invokes excitement. Society is quickly leveling out with technology lowering the minimum cost of living to a level that is sustainable and able to effect major change. Poverty is not going to be solved by increasing wages, it is going to be solved by demonetizing basic needs. Food, shelter, clothing, and basic necessities will essentially be free. Technology will unshackle us from these chains and allow people to pursue passion and purpose with the majority of their time. What world problems could be solved with 100 billion man hours available to focus on the solution?




A bridge to abundance

Posted: August 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

In a recent email to entrepreneurs interested in his Abundance 360 program, Peter Diamandis posed some questions: How do we deal with the coming challenges of technological unemployment? How will we tame the social unrest that will potentially ensue? Who will we blame?

Concern over the rise of robots and computers emerged in the 80’s—just to be clear, that’s the 1980’s, since century turns always reveal unease about social and technological advances. The auto industry in particular braced for a mass expulsion of its human work force; this industry has always rapidly integrated technological advances. Now, almost forty years later, if you tour the floor of any auto manufacturing plant, you see that the heavy lifting is indeed carried out by robotics. The major concern stemming from these integrations is the large number of people forecast to be displaced and the rate that this shift will occur.

Most industries currently require an ever-increasing amount of training and continuing education for their rank-and-file employees because the alternative is human resources wasted in irrelevance and obsolescence. Despite these efforts, though, the need for personnel continues to decrease as technology improves efficiency. Certain positions become unnecessary, resulting in trained, skilled, and educated members of the workforce desperate to find employment outside of the manufacturing sector.

Diamantis explains that this employment void will not necessarily need to be filled with people working in traditional occupations, like manufacturing, because he projects that technological progress will make it possible for a family to survive on less monetary income. The time commitment to meet financial obligations will no longer determine how people live their lives. Occupations and similar obligations will only consume a few hours per month. So what will we do with all of that free time at our disposal? There is only so much Netflix a person can watch! So where will people find purpose?

As technology displaces portions of the workforce, the search for purpose and validation is potentially going to be a serious issue. I believe that we can draw insight from recovery programs designed to guide people suffering from depression and/or addiction. One of the most effective components of many programs is service work. People in recovery experience significant impact as they fulfill a valuable role in helping others. These people use their own experiences to help others in similar situations, and the result is often a dramatic decrease in recurrence of symptoms or relapse. The feeling of usefulness and significance that accompanies taking a role in the life of another person, especially when that role has a positive impact, is one of the most fulfilling experiences a person can have. People treat themselves better, and hold themselves more accountable, when they know that others are relying on them.

It makes sense to me that we will see the progression from paid occupation to vocational service work a natural social evolution, similar to that of humans progressing from hunter-gatherers living in tribes to individuals contributing to the survival and comfort of the species only in exchange for pay. Thousands and thousands of people with substantial time available to commit to unpaid service work will be able to facilitate progress on a scale that is currently unthinkable. Service work will no longer be enacted by skeleton crews, doing their best with limited funding and small bits of spare time to make an impact.

Imagine if, when Hurricane Katrina hit, there had been tens of thousands of people available, with significant technological and monetary resources to come to the rescue. Imagine advanced transportation options to help get to people and get them out of danger without putting additional people at risk. Imagine being able to transfer precise amounts of food, medicine, and other life-saving goods to the displaced at 100 times the speed currently readily available. Imagine advanced computing power capable of implementing efficient and effective strategies to address all of the needs of the people affected, providing access to medical records, accounting missing persons in real time. Imagine AI and drone tech doing search and rescue with minimal risk of human collateral damage. You get the picture. Not only would this type of volunteer work force be available to offer aid, its resources would not significantly draw from resources deployed elsewhere. Advances in land and air travel would allow for rapid movement of people and resources anywhere in the world in a fraction of the time.

In the process of this transition from occupational paid work to vocational service work, a huge discrepancy will arise across the globe between struggle and abundance. Certain populations will achieve liberation from the occupational culture long before others have even risen above finding balance with their natural environment. But ultimately, the goal of the global workforce will be to bring the entire world into sustainable abundance, where people’s biggest choice will be how they can be of the utmost value to the world as a whole. People will be able to provide value—based purely on their willingness to be of value to the world.

This opportunity to spend a significant amount of time being of service to fellow humans, animals, or the environment will be one possible bridge to abundance.




Know What You Want To Know

Posted: September 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

One of the major principles that I try to embed into these articles is that every day is a never-to-be-had-again opportunity to improve, progress, learn, and achieve. Learning is the single most powerful tool to facilitate your progress in any endeavor. One thing that I have been experiencing lately is that I did not actually know what I wanted to know. I mean that I knew what my goals were, but once I became more knowledgeable, my goals became clearer and my progress toward them became more efficient. It may seem like common sense, but this awareness has had a significant impact as of late. Here are some of the things that have helped me clarify what it is I want to know.

  • Listening to the people around me more: I’ve started putting myself around good people and openly listening to them—without the rebutting and challenging that I’m used to doing. I’m learning to disengage from the power dance that conversations can become, where I do no more than bide my time until it’s my polite turn to talk again. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of always asserting myself and my opinion, but it deprives me of the opportunity to learn the lessons I need. And, believe me, it is hard for me to listen. But when I push myself to listen openly, I definitely find that I experience a higher level of communication.
  • Listening to myself less: In the 7 Habits Book, Stephen Covey talks about beginning with the end in mind. This tactic is very effective in many situations. However, not all tools are appropriate for all tasks—just as a drill will not cut wood, there are some situations where it is counterproductive to begin with the end in mind. When in conversation with someone, even if he or she is not a mentor, just let go and absorb the knowledge and energy being offered. Try to remember that everyone has something to teach you because everyone has had different experiences than you have. In the worst case, you learn something trivial; in the best case, you find inspiration and a new perspective to pursue new knowledge.
  • Listening to podcasts: Yes, I am old, but I am addicted to podcasts. A lot of the really good podcasts refer to subjects outside of the cast. Podcasts have been the source of references for most of the new books that I have read. Tim Ferriss is amazing at just bringing a massive variety of concepts and resources into one podcast. I kind of hate how amazing he is. I do not always agree with him (and, really, who gives a shit whether I agree or not?), but I always learn from him.

Going through each day carries with it a simple guarantee: You are going to learn. You will see things and hear things, and—chances are—some of those things will be things that you have never seen or heard before. Poof! You have just learned. Whether that knowledge is useful or will impact your life bears little importance. You have still learned it. Some of those things will have impact on your life. Many things that you learn are intentionally presented to you—a consumer—through targeted marketing, to influence your decisions about where you shop, what you buy, and what you know. Marketing is simply the strategy that businesses use in order to position what they want you to hear in proximity to the things that you know you want to know, or see, or hear. By predicting what you want to know, they can position information intended to influence you alongside that which you want to know. My point is that it may behoove (yes, behoove!!) you to put more effort into deciding what it is that you are learning and letting influence you than others do.

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, has an amazing line in it that has served as focus for my meditations for a while now. Although the entire book is incredible and full of great insights, I especially appreciate the following interaction—The Alchemist is speaking to a monk, who implies that he is being too generous, to which The Alchemist replies, “Don’t say that again. Life might be listening, and give you less the next time.” Always appreciate exactly what Life serves you by making the most of it.


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Optimizing Diet

Posted: June 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

In these posts, especially when addressing training, I try not to beat a dead horse but rather address issues that I see slipping through the cracks. In previous posts, I have identified many goldmines of information readily available online from various sources. If you have not already digested as much info as you can from other sources, then this blog is probably not for you anyway.


One concept of nutrition that I feel is often overlooked is optimization. What I mean by that is that there is a range of macros for every individual that I would refer to as a “sweet spot.” Only though self-examination and experimentation will you get a feel for what that optimal zone is. On the caloric deficit side of the equation, I feel that people are very aware of the risks of nutrient, performance, and result loss that can arise. However, a lot of times in the strength game, people will get a little lazy when eating for size and strength, believing that a calorie surplus will cover all bases—but this is not always the case. There is a point of diminishing returns. Excess calories can provide the building blocks and fuel for repairing and building muscle and maintaining optimal strength, but too many calories will tax the body as it tries to deal with the excess, ultimately causing excess blood lipids, blood pressure, cholesterol, cortisol, and a slew of other things. Big picture, these issues are obviously detrimental to one’s health, but, even on a micro scale, they will be counterproductive. Scale weight and strength may go up, but I promise when diet is dialed in to an optimum range of calorie surplus, there is no other feeling like it. Recovery, growth, and strength progress at a much more rapid rate, and these gains are sustainable. Don’t cut corners. Do what it takes to dial in your diet and find that optimal range. NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING, will bring progress faster than the foundation provided by optimal nutrition.

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If Luck Comes Knocking

Posted: June 3, 2016 in Uncategorized

It is absolutely true that success is built on dedication and perseverance. However, as any person who has ever achieved any significant level of accomplishment is bound to tell you, luck always comes into play.

What is luck? In my opinion, it is when a situation, in hindsight, meets a level of perceived improbability of occurrence. “What are the odds?!” and “Can you believe it?!” are often uttered when these situations occur. YouTube has tons of videos showing people surviving situations of incredible improbability of both the positive and negative variety. The Ancient Roman philosopher Seneca says, “Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.” He was later forced to commit suicide for his alleged role in attempting to assassinate the emperor Nero, although there’s evidence that he was actually innocent, so it may be worth asking what Seneca knew about luck. At any rate, his saying and his subsequent run-in with bad luck is a perfect example of how good luck can turn to misfortune when someone is ill-prepared for its arrival. Professional poker players and throwers of heavy implements are both strong examples of people who repeat behaviors countless times in preparation for when those few moments present themselves where everything just clicks.


So what will you have to present Lady Luck if she decides to pay you a visit? Excuses, apologies, and pleas for another chance? She is a cruel mistress and tends to be impatient and unforgiving. Or will you have built a solid foundation of time, effort, and sacrifice? Will you be ready to board the success train and ride it all the way?

Spend a moment each day making sure you do one thing to prepare yourself for when luck comes knocking. Think about what it would look like today if you found yourself “in the zone” in a competition and had the chance to demonstrate the best performance of your life. I remember years ago, when I was still small enough to sprint, my best friend and I had been consistently winning first and second place in the 100-meter sprint, with me consistently being the one in second. Then, one race, I was able to achieve Flow (refer to the post on Breaking Records, here, if you are unfamiliar), and it felt like I was weightless and flying ahead of him. I gained such a huge lead, and so, for some inexplicable reason, I decided to pull up. I still won the race, but to this day I still kick myself anytime that memory surfaces. Why did I let off the gas??? I could have lived out an experience that has never presented itself again in quite that fashion.

Never let off the gas—even if victory is yours! Keep pushing and grinding. Make sure your efforts are as efficient and directed as possible, and do everything you can to be prepared to answer the door ready if opportunity does come knocking.

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“The more I practice, the luckier I get.”—Gary Player

Let it go

Posted: April 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

How do we decide what to hold onto and what to let go of? This is one tricky situation in which we all find ourselves from time to time. In fact, we’re probably in it far more often than we realize, but we become accustomed to what’s comfortable and forget to stop and take the time to ask:

  • What am I holding onto?
  • Is it worth holding onto?
  • How can I prove, objectively and empirically, that it’s worth holding onto?
This situation presents itself in infinite ways throughout our lives, from things as complicated as relationships to things as simple as old clothes. So what are some of my tried and true ways to decide which people to keep, which clothes to keep, and—most critically—which behaviors to keep?
  1. Make a “pro & con” list. I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again: pro and con lists can be powerful tools because they force us to commit every component, the rational and the not-so rational, to paper. Things usually look different when you bring them out of the darkness of your mind and expose them to the light in writing.
  2. Test. Test. Test. Again, you’ve heard me say it before, but it really is the key to my decision-making process. You can think of it as the scientific method, adapted. First, I identify what I’m holding onto. Then, I remove it temporarily. Next, I take stock to see what effects this amputation has had. If there’s no difference, or if my life improves, then I make its removal permanent.
  3. Separate logic from emotion. We tend to hold on—to things, people, routines—out of fear: fear of the unknown—where your subconscious whispers, “What if I need this in the future and am in some strange situation where I will suffer some illogical consequences from not possessing the thing in question?”—and fear that, once lost, something might become unattainable. But keep in mind that fear is emotional, not logical. For a great example of something let go and then reclaimed, you can check out this story about Sylvester Stallone and his dog, Butkus. Now, I’m not saying that emotion is without value. The degree of fear that you feel about losing something could be an indication of how much it’s worth to you. There is danger in believing that you can always get back what you have lost. Before you make a sacrifice, ask yourself honestly, “How will it impact my life if I’m never able to recover this loss?”
  4. What do you want? When do you want it? Even though it’s an emotion, desire can be a strong motivator. Focus on what you want, why you want it, and the urgency with which you want it. Coupling that desire with the cold, hard facts of your pro & con list, your tests, and your logical inquiries can help you to see what to hold onto and what to let go of.

The risk in holding on is always complacency. If you are holding on simply because it’s the path of least resistance, then that’s bullshit. But if you are constantly assessing and evaluating by asking yourself, “Why am I holding on?” then you’re being the furthest possible thing from complacent, as long as you’re answering yourself honestly. The difference is in active decision-making—waking up every fucking morning, looking yourself in the mirror, and asking what in your life benefits you. If the benefits outweigh the detriments, then hold the fuck on to that anchor. But don’t stop there, because even a big anchor can be undone by a bigger wave. Do not just ask yourself, “Why am I holding on?” but also, “How am I holding on?” If you’re not doing enough, then you’re setting yourself up to lose your hold.


And a word of caution if you are one of those numbnuts who thinks his strength comes from tethering himself to many anchors: When you have yourself chained to points all around you, chances are you’ve trapped yourself, you’re drowning yourself, or you’re choking yourself. ONE ANCHOR is enough, even for the biggest of ships, as long as it’s the right anchor. And if it’s not the right anchor, then nothing’s gonna save you from getting dragged off course.

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“Fear is the primary enemy of creativity.”—William Ball