Rational Feed

Rationalist:

A Post Em Era Hint by Robin Hanson – In past ages there were pairs of innovations that enabled the et age without changing the growth rate. Forager: Reasoning and language. Farmer: Writing and math. Industrial: Computers and Digital Communication. What will the em-age equivalents be?

Ideas On A Spectrum by Elo (BearLamp) – Putting ideas like ‘selfishness’ on a spectrum. Putting yourself and others on the spectrum. People who give you advice might disagree with you about where you fall on the spectrum. Where do you actually stand?

AI:

Why Don’t Ai Researchers Panic by Bayesian Investor – AI researchers predict a 5% chance of “extremely bad” (extinction level) events, why aren’t they panicking? Answers: They are thinking of less bad worst cases, optimism about counter-measures, risks will be easy to deal with later, three “star theories” (MIRI, Paul Christiano, GOFAI). More answers: Fatal pessimism and resignation. It would be weird to openly worry. Benefits of AI-safety measures are less than the costs. Risks are distant.

EA:

Allocating the Capital by GiveDirectly – Eight media links on Give Directly, Basic Income and Cash Transfers.

Politics and Economics:

Why Do You Hate Elua by H i v e w i r e d – Scott’s Elua as an Eldritch Abomination that threatens traditional culture. An extended sci-fi quote about Ra the great computer. “The forces of traditional values remembered an important fact: once you have access to the hardware, it’s over.”

What Replaces Rights And Discourse by Feddie deBoer – Lots of current leftist discourse is dismissive of rights and open discussion. But what alternative is there? The Soviets had bad justifications and a terrible system but at least it had an explicit philosophical alternative.

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Author: deluks917

Software Engineer in New York City. Admin of the SlateStarcodex discord. Math PHD drop out.

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