Book Review: Inventing The Future by Scott Alexander – A guide to actually implementing communism: Folk politics, how neoliberalism gained power and why communists need to place people in powerful institutions. Scott gives the book a skeptical review.
Can We Trust Deliberation Priests by Robin Hanson – Hanson is skeptical of decision processes controlled by academic elites. The fact that such elites approve of processes they control is at best weak evidence.
John Nerst On Erisology: The Study Of Disagreement by Rationally Speaking – ‘John and Julia discuss why Twitter makes disagreement so hard; whether there’s anything to learn from postmodernism; John’s “signal and corrective” model that explains why disagreement persists even when people agree on the key facts; and how the concept of “decoupling” helps explains Sam Harris and Ezra Klein’s debate last year about IQ.’
OpenAI: Ai Policy And Strategy by 80,000 Hours – Interview with the policy director at OpenAI: ‘OpenAI can teach algorithms to write articles, win video games & manipulate objects. How can policy keep up with AI advances?’