Rational Feed

Scott:

Against Rat Park by Scott Alexander – “Rat Park is a famous study in which lab rats were kept in a really nice habitat that satisfied their every need. Contrary to the usual results with lab animals, scientists couldn’t get these happier rats addicted to drugs.” Does this result hold up?

Rationalist:

Slack For Your Belief System by Unreal (LW 2.0) – “You can have Slack in your life. But you can also have Slack in your belief system. Initially, this seems like it might be bad. Won’t Slack result in a lack of precision? If I give myself Slack to believe in whatever, won’t I just end up with a lot of wrong beliefs?”

Commencement 101 by samuelthefifth (Status 451) – 8 Lessons for graduates: Adults have no special power, Nothing is about you anymore, Companies are not your friends, Coworkers are not your friends, Get it in writing, Build your own paper trails, Communication is an N² problem, Nothing is forever.

AI:

Learning A Hierarchy by Open Ai – “We’ve developed a hierarchical reinforcement learning algorithm that learns high-level actions useful for solving a range of tasks, allowing fast solving of tasks requiring thousands of timesteps. Our algorithm, when applied to a set of navigation problems, discovers a set of high-level actions for walking and crawling in different directions, which enables the agent to master new navigation tasks quickly.”

Author: deluks917

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

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