The Media Lab by gwern – A gwern classic from six years ago. Gwern offers a refutation of ‘if you are so smart why arent you rich?’. In business precise timing is critical. For every successful company there are many similar companies that failed. This also makes it difficult to invest. An even worse problem is that investment oppurtunities may not be public.
Mental Submodules by Kaj Sotala – Modeling he mind as a collection of different modules. Conflicts come when these modules have differing preferences. Notably when you feel an emotion you can either identify with it, partially identify with it, or fully reject identification. The later is referred to as being ‘in self’.
Biotechnology From Avian Flu To Genetically Modified Babies by The Future of Life Institute – Topics: ‘Gain-of-function research, the H5N1 virus (avian flu), and the risks of publishing dangerous information, The roles of scientists, policymakers, and the public to ensure that technology is developed safely and ethically, The controversial Chinese researcher who claims to have used CRISPR to edit the genome of twins, How scientists can anticipate whether the results of their research could be misused by someone else, To what extent does risk stem from technology, and to what extent does it stem from how we govern it?’