Basic Income Not Basic Jobs Against Hijacking Utopia by Scott Alexander – Scott argues against replacing basic incomes with a job guarantee. Basic jobs don’t help the disabled (60% of the unemployed), caretakers or parents. Jobs are expensive to have because of transportation and housing costs. Basic jobs might not be productive and there are no proposed mechanisms to replace quitting bad jobs and firing bad workers. Basic income is minimally economically disruptive, basic jobs are the opposite. Personnel development concerns. Basic income puts everyone on the same side, basic jobs does the opposite. Work is fundamentally unpleasant. Scott responds to a long list of counter-arguments against UBI.
Of Two Minds by Valentine – Thinking comes in two varieties mechanical (catching a ball) and social (what to do about other people). Our ideas about truth are grounded in mechanical reasoning. Humans are reasonably good Bayesian when they engage in mechanical reasoning. Most cognitive biases evolved because its socially useful to have them. Social reasoning is usually more important to reproductive success so if you ignore the social web you are missing most of what is going on.
The Nerd As The Norm by Everything Studies – What qualities define a nerd? If you invert this qualities you get the anti-nerd, the ‘wamb’. Current ideas of normal exclude the unusually nerdy but include the unusually anti-nerdy. A detailed hypothetical ‘field guide to the wamb’ from a society where nerds are consider as normal and wambs are not.
Update: External Donors by Open Philanthropy – Why Open Phil mostly works with its primary donors Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna. They do not need more donors since their current giving recommendations are below the amount Dustin and Cari want to give away annually. However they have worked with outside donors on criminal justice reform.
Ai And Compute by Open Ai – “We’re releasing an analysis showing that since 2012, the amount of compute used in the largest AI training runs has been increasing exponentially with a 3.5 month-doubling time (by comparison, Moore’s Law had an 18-month doubling period). Since 2012, this metric has grown by more than 300,000x (an 18-month doubling period would yield only a 12x increase). Improvements in compute have been a key component of AI progress, so as long as this trend continues, it’s worth preparing for the implications of systems far outside today’s capabilities.”
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Culture War Roundup by r/ssc – Weekly culture war roundup. Recommended posts from the subreddit.
Book Reviews For April by Ozy – Book Reviews: Feminism and Sex Work, Unschooling,mSEx Therapy, Religious Freedom, Autism, Private Employer Tyranny and other topics.
Resource Pages by Eukaryote – Some resource pages: Music to study to, Cheap Food (focused on Vegetarian/Vegan) and Online literature Recommendations.