Rational Feed

Rationalist:

Toolbox Thinking And Law Thinking by Eliezer Yudkowsky – A dichotomy: “The toolbox style of thinking says it’s important to have a big bag of tools that you can adapt to context and circumstance; people who think very toolboxly tend to suspect that anyone who goes talking of a single optimal way is just ignorant of the uses of the other tools. The lawful style of thinking, done correctly, distinguishes between descriptive truths, normative ideals, and prescriptive ideals. It may talk about certain paths being optimal, even if there’s no executable-in-practice algorithm that yields the optimal path. It considers truths that are not tools.”

Two Types Of Future Filters by Robin Hanson – Robin argues that too much world government is about as likely as too little world government in preventing a galactic human civilization.

Science Cannot Count To Red Thats Probably Fine by sam[]zdat – Thomas Kuhn’s view of truth and relativism.

AI:

May 2018 Newsletter by The MIRI Blog – MIRI Research updates, some outside links including a great post about the challenges of implementing reinforcement learning and lots of amazing advice on implementing Deep RL algorithms.

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Author: deluks917

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

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