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Comment by Gitdes on We need a standard set of community advice for how to financially prepare for AGI · 2021-06-07T17:51:37.827Z · LW · GW

You mean consequences not limited by possible financial gain?

Comment by Gitdes on Logan Strohl on exercise norms · 2021-04-08T01:09:51.794Z · LW · GW

Not sure, sounds like you'd still have to recognize the expertise in this package, or of a package-creator. There are benefits, what I was saying is you don't have to wait for it.

Comment by Gitdes on Logan Strohl on exercise norms · 2021-03-30T21:36:52.045Z · LW · GW

Maybe I'm missing something but your wish can be fulfilled by hiring those different specialists separately (which is likely to be better than a bundle anyway).

Comment by Gitdes on Direct effects matter! · 2021-03-14T19:22:25.393Z · LW · GW

Four arguments you start with also have "heres what I think other people should do" in common. If someone is deciding on whether or not use drugs or whether or not to exercise they will not miss the "fun" and "sucks" parts you point out below. When you Hanson out the "real" goal of saying something like that it's not strange at all, altho it might be explaining away too much, I'm not sure.

Comment by Gitdes on February 2021 gwern.net newsletter · 2021-03-13T15:15:08.857Z · LW · GW

Is "Armored train" being there related to you watching AoT?

Comment by Gitdes on Exercise: Taboo "Should" · 2021-02-14T22:39:36.283Z · LW · GW

Thats what I meant ofc.

Comment by Gitdes on Against butterfly effect · 2021-02-11T01:14:40.840Z · LW · GW

Imo the idea of butterfly effect carries (for most people) the same confusion as the idea of free will.

Comment by Gitdes on Exercise: Taboo "Should" · 2021-02-08T21:56:21.310Z · LW · GW

Not because it removes the illusion of meaning, but because it makes you sound less cool. I'm thinking of conversations here, in solitary thinking it wouldn't make much difference imo.

Comment by Gitdes on Exercise: Taboo "Should" · 2021-02-08T21:38:13.916Z · LW · GW

Tbh switching from using "unhealthy" to "bad" can help cause it removes any trace of sophistication, thereby making this kind of usage less rewarding.

Comment by Gitdes on My favorite essays of life advice · 2020-12-24T12:45:12.209Z · LW · GW

I would love to see "life advice" that anyone here found valuable coming from people who are far from lw/startup/science/math/programming fields or from any "out" enough outgroup.

Comment by Gitdes on How to eradicate the desire to check time-wasting sites · 2020-12-20T19:59:11.192Z · LW · GW

Something I started looking for just today, and here it is, thank you. I noticed when I stop using most of the addictive things my habit of clicking on bookmarks slowly shifts to sites that don't give me any sort of fix (like checking weather) aside from the act of clicking itself. It feels rly dumb and this looks like a good potential remedy.

Comment by Gitdes on Extrapolating GPT-N performance · 2020-12-19T00:48:16.096Z · LW · GW

(ie., costing around $1B at current costs)

I’d be inclined to update that downwards, maybe an order of magnitude or so (for a total cost of ~$10-100B). Given hardware improvements in the next 5-10 years, I would expect that to fall further to ~$1-10B.

Am I reading it wrong or is there a typo?

Comment by Gitdes on In Addition to Ragebait and Doomscrolling · 2020-12-03T20:25:30.904Z · LW · GW

>perhaps a social stigma can develop
Social stigmas get traction via contempt, so that sounds promising.

Comment by Gitdes on Coronavirus: Justified Practical Advice Thread · 2020-03-07T20:28:37.797Z · LW · GW

Alcohol can damage some touchscreens, dunno about those public ones. The other problem might be that you'd be drying your hands more often.