Links 4-19 by Scott Alexander – SSC links post. Some topics: Values drift, Moore’s law as a series of S curves, victims are at a high risk of being seen as bullies, which drugs improve your life the most, Muelher, insanely low cost and high quality healthcare in India, nimyism, the man who killed Lincoln’s assassin.
Complaints By Relation Type by Robin Hanson – ‘In an association between a “big” and a “small” agent, observers tend to hold the larger agent to a higher “ally” standard. The larger agent is supposed to do more to help the smaller agent when they are in need, and to do less that might risk the safety of that smaller agent. The larger agent is also seen as more entitled to regulate the behavior of the smaller agent. In contrast, the smaller agent is less obligated to help the larger agent in need, and if they are less allied they are less entitled to regulate the behavior of the larger agent.’
Asymmetric Justice by Zvi Moshowitz – Conventional morality punishes action and rewards inaction. This article is effectively a continuation of Zvi’s ongoing dialogue with Ben Hoffman about blackmail and morality.
On Stimming And Autistic Authenticity by Ozy – Many people take up more ‘autistic’ behaviors after they self diagnose or become part of the autistic community. This does not mean their autism is not authentic. Regardless of diagnosis almost all autistic people have had their behavior suppressed or ‘normalized’ during childhood.
Musenet by Open AI – ‘We’ve created Musenet, a deep neural network that can generate 4-minute musical compositions with 10 different instruments, and can combine styles from country to Mozart to the Beatles. MuseNet was not explicitly programmed with our understanding of music, but instead discovered patterns of harmony, rhythm, and style by learning to predict the next token in hundreds of thousands of MIDI files. MuseNet uses the same general-purpose unsupervised technology as GPT-2, a large-scale transformer model trained to predict the next token in a sequence, whether audio or text.’
Sparse Transformer by Open AI – ‘We’ve developed the Sparse Transformer, a deep neural network which sets new records at predicting what comes next in a sequence—whether text, images, or sound. It uses an algorithmic improvement of the attention mechanism to extract patterns from sequences 30x longer than possible previously.’
Food Delivery Reviews by Bayesian Investor – Reviews of online grocery services.
Margaret Atwood by Conversations With Tyler – ‘Margaret Atwood defines the Canadian sense of humor as “a bit Scottish,” and in this live conversation with Tyler, she loves to let her own comedic sensibilities shine. In addition to many other thoughts about Canada — it’s big after all — she and Tyler discuss Twitter, biotechnology, Biblical history, her families of patents, poetry, literature, movies, and feminism. Is it coincidence that Atwood started The Handmaid’s Tale in West Berlin during 1984? Does she believe in ghosts? Is the Western commitment to free speech waning? How does she stay so productive? Why is she against picking favorites?’
What Do Jihadists Really Want 2019 by Waking Up with Sam Harris – ‘Sam Harris reads from an issue of Dabiq, the magazine of ISIS, and discusses the beliefs and goals of jihadists worldwide.’