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Comment by lacker on Simulation argument meets decision theory · 2014-09-25T06:50:00.612Z · score: -9 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Sim. Who cares about the utility function of the simulated beings. Maybe the computer will simulate another billion of them a second later.

Comment by lacker on In order to greatly reduce X-risk, design self-replicating spacecraft without AGI · 2014-09-21T22:59:14.358Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Hmm, it is interesting that that exists but it seems like it is cannot have been very serious because it dates from over 30 years ago and no followup activity happened.

Comment by lacker on In order to greatly reduce X-risk, design self-replicating spacecraft without AGI · 2014-09-20T23:10:32.056Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

How would one even start "serious design work on a self-replicating spacecraft"? It seems like the technologies that would require to even begin serious design do not exist yet.

Comment by lacker on LessWrong's attitude towards AI research · 2014-09-20T17:05:47.135Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

That doesn't seem like the consensus view to me. It might be the consensus view among LessWrong contributors. But in the AI-related tech industry and in academia it seems like very few people think AI friendliness is an important problem, or that there is any effective way to research it.

Comment by lacker on A kind or reverse "tragedy of the commons" - any solution ideas? · 2014-09-19T06:53:31.818Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Another problem you need to avoid is misjudging how much money you would actually save. That seems more common when the pain of misjudgment is shared.

Comment by lacker on Simulate and Defer To More Rational Selves · 2014-09-19T06:51:57.796Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Ah, it's just like "What Would Jesus Do" bracelets.

Comment by lacker on What are you learning? · 2014-09-19T06:49:05.454Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

It seems like picking this nonhuman metafictional stuff is a tough way to start writing. Maybe pick something easier just so that you succeed without getting so much writers' block.