Human Seems Low Dimensional by Robin Hanson – ‘Humanness’ seems to be a one dimensional variable. Hence people are likely to consider ems conscious and worthy of decent treatment since ems are human-like on many important factors. Some discussion of a study where people rated how human-like various entities were.
Concrete Instructions by Elo (BearLamp) – “The objective test of whether the description is concrete is whether the description can be followed by an anonymous person to produce the same experience.” Some examples including the ‘paper folding game’.
Explication by mindlevelup – “This essay is about explication, the notion of making things specific. I give some examples involving Next Actions and systematization. This might also just be obvious to many people. Part of it is also a rehash of Act Into Uncertainty. Ultimately, explication is about changing yourself.”
Conversation With Bryce Wiedenbeck by Jeff Kaufman – “AGI is possible, it could be a serious problem, but we can’t productively work on it now.” AGI will look very different from current technologies. Utility functions are a poor mdoel of human behavior.
What Is Overfitting Exactly by Andrew Gelman – “If your model is correct, “overfitting” is impossible. In its usual form, “overfitting” comes from using too weak of a prior distribution.”