Maps Of Meaning by Robin Hanson – “In sum, Peterson comes across as pompous, self-absorbed, and not very self-aware. But on the one key criteria by which such a book should most be judged, I have to give it to him: the book holds insight. The first third of the book felt solid, almost self-evident: yes such structures make sense and do underly many cultural patterns. From then on the book slowly became more speculative, until at the end I was less nodding and more rolling my eyes. Not that most things he said even then were obviously wrong, just that it felt too hard to tell if they were right.”
Alignment Newsletter 13 07 02 18 by rohinmshah – Monthly newsletter of articles relating to AI and AI alignment. Several articles got in depth reviews including an overview of OpenAI’s project to beat professional teams at Dota 2.
Politics and Economics:
Link Post For July by Ozy – Link Post: EA and Disability are major topics this week.
Dictators Immigration Metoo And Other Imponderables by Waking Up with Sam Harris – “Sam Harris speaks with Masha Gessen about Vladimir Putin, the problem of gauging public opinion in Russia, Trump’s fondness for dictators, the challenges of immigration, comparisons between Christian and Muslim intolerance, “fake news” and the health of journalism, the #MeToo movement, and other topics.”