You mean they would notice that accidentally clicking a button would be bad, and therefore don't use the site? I would expect them to only consider such a reaction once they actually made such a mistake.dagon on Limiting an AGI's Context Temporally
Hmm. Thanks for clearly separating those two points, and I agree that I was mixing them together. I suspect that they _are_ mixed together, because reality will eventually win out (if the AI isn't optimizing the universe as well as possible, it'll be replaced by one that does), but I don't think I can make that argument clearly (because I get tangled up in corrigibility and control - who is able to make the decision to alter the utility function or replace the AI? I hope it's not Moloch, but fear that it is.)gurkenglas on Implications of GPT-2
I doubt it, but it sure sounds like a good idea to develop a theory of what prompts are more useful/safe.norswap on Perfecting The Motion
Great post! More of an exploration than a presentation, but a thoroughly enjoyable one.
Last year, I sat down with some hard thoughts about my own life philosophy, and came out with essentially the same conclusion: that enjoying life is about the process of getting somewhere rather than about actually getting there.
There are some intriguing new elements here, including the link with entropy (though I do tend to think that the ending is perhaps a tad too abstract and speculative).
I too, was inspired by reading and quotes, here are a few that guided me in this direction, the most related of which is perhaps:
What man actually needs is not some tension-less state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him.
— Viktor Frankl
(feel free to reach out, there's a whole lot more of them)
I also can't resist to link this Hunter S Thompson letter, which is perhaps the piece of writing that has influenced me the most, and is completely in line with what you propose here.dagon on Blackmail
There are lots of other reasons to publish such information as well - it's hard to say whether a blackmail incident is paying to reduce the baseline chance, or paying to maintain the baseline chance. Does your intuition change if this framing changes? I think we may be at the limit of discussing the topic generally, and specific examples will be necessary to decide which features are most salient.
To be more vivid but a bit uncharitable, this is like saying that throwing knives at people is okay because people already occasionally cut themselves with knives.
Gossip (throwing knives at people, in your analogy) is ALREADY LEGAL. The disagreement is whether it's OK to ask someone to pay for you to refrain from doing so. If you're visiting a knife-throwing range, is it OK to be asked to pay a fee for people to stop throwing knives so you can safely walk on their property?gworley on When does introspection avoid the pitfalls of rumination?
Yeah, I do sometimes make an inside/outside distinction as a metaphor for talking about the subject/object distinction because things that are object can in a certain sense be said to be outside the self and thus available for manipulation and considering by the self and those things that are subject as inside and cannot as easily be manipulated and seen, just as it's easier for me to see and manipulate the cup on my desk than to see and manipulate the stomach inside my body. Most progress with insight meditation consists of gradually (or suddenly!) moving what was subject/inside to object/outside, and a way to do that is by engaging with it in this way through a deliberative introspective process as part of meditation.
Do you mean here that as you progress, you will introspect on the nature of your previous introspections, rather than more 'object-level' thoughts and feelings?
Yes, and also more broadly that what was once skillful inspection of, say, observable behavior, can later become unskillful excess attention on behavior when you should now be paying more attention to the precursors of behavior because those are more readily accessible to you.sherrinford on A Strange Situation
Hm... I will get a little more concrete.
I would recommend reading the career guide https://80000hours.org/career-guide/ because it is a good document for anyone thinking about what to do with his life, but I would definitely recommend reading other things on the same topic as well.
Moreover, I would recommend reading: https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/TNHQLZK5pHbxdnz4e/references-and-resources-for-lesswrong if the question is more about what to read next.cousin_it on Avoiding Jargon Confusion
"Escalation spiral" is mixing two spatial metaphors, both far removed from the thing we're talking about. That's too abstract for me: being in a bad online argument doesn't feel like walking up a spiral staircase. I prefer words that say how I feel about the thing. Something like "quarrel", "petty disagreement", or "argumentative black hole".pattern on Cooperation is for Winners
By writing a draft/by starting to write a post.pattern on Implications of GPT-2
That makes sense.