Can we be haunted by our own thoughts? Or use them to haunt others? Few ideas produce the fear and existential dread that Roko’s Basilisk provides. This unique thought experiment was considered so potentially disturbing, that the original website to which it was published quickly banned the topic. We break down this strange collision of urban legend, artificial intelligence and philosophy.
Listener Warning: If you are struggling right now, or don’t want to deal with existential questions about reality, we would suggest listening to a different episode. But, if you love a good metaphysical mystery that challenges our perceptions, and provides a good chill, join us as we head down the rabbit hole and explore the philosophical head-trip that is Roko’s Basilisk.