<a href=”http://slatestarcodex.com/2017/07/10/change-minds-or-drive-turnout/”>Change Minds Or Drive Turnout by Scott Alexander</a> – Extreme candidates lower turnout among their own party. Is base turnout really the only thing that matters? Lots of quotes from studies.
<a href=”http://sailorvulcansstarship.blogspot.com/2017/07/letter-to-future-layperson.html”>Letter To Future Layperson by Sailor Vulcan (BYS)</a> – A letter from someone in our age to someone post singularity. Description of the hardships and terrors of pre-singularity life. Emotional and poetic. ~5K words.
<a href=”https://www.jefftk.com/p/conversation-with-michael-littman”>Conversation With Michael Littman by Jeff Kaufman</a> – CS Professor at Brown’s opinions: Deep Learning is surprisingly brittle in his experience. General Intelligence will require large fundamental advances. The AI risk community isn’t testing their ideas so they probably aren’t making real progress.
<a href=”https://www.jefftk.com/p/superintelligence-risk-project-update”>Superintelligence Risk Project Update by Jeff Kaufman</a> – Links to the three most informative readings on AI risk. Details on the large number of people Jeff has talked to. Three fundamental points of view on AI-Safety. Three Fundamental points of disagreement. An update on the original questions Jeff was trying to answer.
Politics and Economics:
<a href=”https://thezvi.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/on-the-seattle-minimum-wage-study-part-1/”>On The Seattle Minimum Wage Study Part 1 by Zvi Moshowitz</a> – The claimed effect sizes are huge. Zvi’s priors about the minimum wage. Detailed description of some of the paper’s methods and how it handle potential issues. Discussion of the raw data. More to come in part 2.
<a href=”http://somesmalltruths.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-destruction-of-american-cuisine.html”>The Destruction Of American Cuisine by Small Truths</a> – America used to have a tremendous number of regional cuisines, most are dead. They were killed by supermarkets and frozen food. This has been costly both in terms of culture and health (antibiotic resistance, crop monoculture risk)
<a href=”https://protokol2020.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/4d-mate-problem/”>4d Mate Problem by protokol2020</a> – How many queens do you need to get a checkmate in 4D chess.
<a href=”http://www.rationallyspeakingpodcast.org/show/rs-188-robert-kurzban-on-being-strategically-wrong.html”>Rs 188 Robert Kurzban On Being Strategically Wrong by Rationally Speaking</a> – Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite.” The “modular mind” hypothesis, and how it explains hypocrisy, self-deception, and other seemingly irrational features of human nature.
<a href=”http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2017/07/martha_nussbaum_1.html”>Martha Nussbaum by EconTalk</a> – “The tension between acquiring power and living a life of virtue. Topics discussed include Hamilton’s relationship with Aaron Burr, Burr’s complicated historical legacy, and the role of the humanities in our lives.”