Learn Bayes Nets by abramdemski – “Bayesian networks were the innovation which made probabilistic reasoning really practical and interesting for artificial intelligence — and none of the reasons for that are special to trying to squeeze intelligence into a computer. They’re also, more or less, describing the way people have to think in order to do probabilistic reasoning in practice.”
Trivial Inconvenience Day Retrospective by Hypothesis – – Buying Bitcoin was a trivial inconvenience but many people never got around to doing it. Hence the author held a ‘trivial inconvenience day’.
The Uploaded by Robin Hanson – Robin Hanson reviews a scifi book about a society dominated by human emulations.
The Fundamental Complementarity Of Consciousness And Work by Katja Grace – “Matter can experience things. For instance, when it is a person. Matter can also do work, and thereby provide value to the matter that can experience things. For instance, when it is a machine. Or also, when it is a person. An important question for what the future looks like, is whether it is more efficient to carry out these functions separately or together.”
Cash For Refuges by GiveDirectly – “Images of refugees in boats make headlines and grip hearts, but we rarely think about what happens to them 1, 2, or even 10 years later. It turns out that refugees spend, on average, 10+ years in settlements or camps. The aid they receive helps them survive, but rarely do they get the chance to start building for the future. Today, we’re launching a product to enable large cash transfers to refugees.”
How Crypto Can Help Refuges by GiveDirectly – Give Directly is donating over one million dollars worth of crypto currency to refuges.
March 2018 Newsletter by The MIRI Blog – MIRI/CFAR updates as well as links related to ai-risk.
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What Ive Learned From Jordan Peterson by Russ Roberts – Russ has learned a lot form Jordan Petersen. In particular he has learned about the fragility of civilization, the importance of the humanities as a guide to living and the downsides of epistemic humility.
Robin Hanson On Lying To Ourselves by 80,000 Hours – “Robin thinks we’re mostly kidding ourselves when we say our charities exist to help others, our schools exist to educate students, and our political expression is about choosing wise policies. So important are hidden motives for navigating our social world that we have to deny them to ourselves, lest we accidentally reveal them to others.”
Everyone Is Wrong by The Bayesian Conspiracy – Culture War episode about race, feminism and social justice. The hosts discuss Scott Alexander’s views as well as their own.