Comment by malo on Inadequacy and Modesty · 2018-12-16T06:38:22.339Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

First two of the six volumes are out: https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/NjFgqv8bzjhXFaELP/new-edition-of-rationality-from-ai-to-zombies

Comment by malo on MIRI’s 2018 Fundraiser · 2018-11-29T02:17:02.867Z · score: 31 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Update: Added an announcement of our newest hire, Edward Kmett, as well as a list of links to relatively recent work we've been doing in Agent Foundations, and updated the post to reflect the fact that Giving Tuesday is over (though our matching opportunity continues)!

MIRI’s 2018 Fundraiser

2018-11-27T05:30:11.931Z · score: 60 (12 votes)
Comment by malo on LessWrong.com URL transfer complete, data import will run for the next few hours · 2018-03-23T17:52:26.965Z · score: 12 (3 votes) · LW · GW

It's my understanding, thought Oliver can of course correct me if I'm wrong, that the canonical domain will be lesswrong.com, and all lesserwrong.com/* links will redirect to lesswrong.com/*, to ensure that any links on the web to lesserwrong.com continue to work.

Comment by malo on Leaving beta: Voting on moving to LessWrong.com · 2018-03-19T22:21:21.589Z · score: 19 (6 votes) · LW · GW

No.

Comment by malo on MIRI's 2017 Fundraiser · 2017-12-15T20:22:06.492Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Update 2:

Professional poker players Martin Crowley, Tom Crowley, and Dan Smith, in partnership with Raising for Effective Giving, have just announced a $1 million Matching Challenge and included MIRI among the 10 organizations they are supporting!

Also, we’ve hit our first fundraising target ($625,000)!

See here for more details.

Comment by malo on MIRI's 2017 Fundraiser · 2017-12-15T20:17:26.609Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Update 2: Professional poker players Martin Crowley, Tom Crowley, and Dan Smith, in partnership with Raising for Effective Giving, have just announced a $1 million Matching Challenge and included MIRI among the 10 organizations they are supporting!

Also, we’ve hit our first fundraising target ($625,000)!

See here for more details.

Comment by malo on MIRI's 2017 Fundraiser · 2017-12-08T06:49:25.563Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Awesome! Thanks so much :)

MIRI's 2017 Fundraiser

2017-12-07T21:47:35.235Z · score: 25 (10 votes)
Comment by malo on MIRI's 2017 Fundraiser · 2017-12-07T18:35:05.383Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

We just passed the 1/4 mark towards our first target! Fun fact, of the ~$200k raised so far in the fundraiser, ~65% of that has come from cryptocurrency dontions.

Comment by malo on MIRI's 2017 Fundraiser · 2017-12-07T16:05:39.113Z · score: 15 (4 votes) · LW · GW

We just passed the 1/4 mark towards our first target! Fun fact, of the ~$200k raised so far in the fundraiser, ~65% of that has come from cryptocurrency dontions.

MIRI's 2017 Fundraiser

2017-12-01T13:45:32.975Z · score: 37 (11 votes)
Comment by malo on Living in an Inadequate World · 2017-11-13T18:38:36.212Z · score: 3 (1 votes) · LW · GW

You might also want to check out Ketolent.

Comment by malo on Inadequacy and Modesty · 2017-11-09T04:34:21.084Z · score: 21 (6 votes) · LW · GW

It's just a really big project. It's almost an order of magnitude longer then In Eq, and it was written in a way that makes it much more challenging to turn into a paper book. E.g., links are pretty important when reading the Sequences. Said another way, the task of getting a physical book up for sale on Amazon is pretty trivial. The process of transforming the actual content of the Sequences into something that works in book form is significantly harder. In Eq doesn't have this issue.

The enormity of the task combined with other competing priorities at MIRI are the reason it's not out yet.

Comment by malo on Inadequacy and Modesty · 2017-11-06T08:54:37.578Z · score: 12 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Yes.

Comment by malo on 10/28/17 Development Update: New editor framework (markdown support!), speed improvements, style improvements · 2017-10-29T21:24:27.246Z · score: 10 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I think the new font looks pretty good. I do think though for a body font the x-height is pretty small which makes is less readable.

Comment by malo on LessWrong 2.0 Feature Roadmap & Feature Suggestions · 2017-09-03T18:33:57.786Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I personally think to grey lines on the side do a pretty good job, but I also think that the boxes on LW 1 are doing something that makes things clearer. I do think that the LW 1 comments boxes do look a little junky though, and I'm very much enjoying the clean look of LW 2.0 overall. Not sure what a good compromise would be. Maybe all top level comments are a little more distinguishable in some way?

Comment by malo on LessWrong 2.0 Feature Roadmap & Feature Suggestions · 2017-09-03T18:21:55.797Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I agree there is something nice about being able to see who upvoted or downvoted a comment or post, but I don't think I'd want this to be the default. I expect I'd feel uncomfortable voting on some stuff if I knew that my vote would be public. Maybe after voting, an option could appear that said something like “Make vote public”. Then you could have something pop up on hover (or with a tap on tablets/phones) that showed something like “Malo and 3 other people upvoted this post”. Though that would probably get unweildy if lots of people made their votes public. I think there's a good idea in there though, just not sure about implementation specifics.

Comment by malo on LessWrong 2.0 Feature Roadmap & Feature Suggestions · 2017-09-03T18:15:16.039Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah upvotes can mean a lot of different things like endorse, agree, or high quality comment (even though I disagree). This comment thread on another post discussed some potential extensions to upvoting that might help with this.

Comment by malo on LessWrong 2.0 Feature Roadmap & Feature Suggestions · 2017-09-03T17:58:32.270Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I don't think this is working for me. I just made a bunch of comments last night, and got a couple replies since then. When I visited the site today I only noticed people had added comments when I saw then in the recent comments section.

How's this supposed to work?

Comment by malo on LessWrong 2.0 Feature Roadmap & Feature Suggestions · 2017-09-03T17:55:26.682Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Re: #1: I to am a big fan of Practical Typography :) That's a pretty good point, I actually don't thik we disagree much. I think I may prefer just slightly prefer whiter backgrouds with slightly grey text. But only slightly.

Re: #2: I largely agree with this, though I might lean more on the side of giving the user less configuration options. Like, if you give everyone an option for everything, then the options get real cluttered. But I don't have strong feeling about adding this preference in general.

Re: #3: Totally.

Comment by malo on LessWrong 2.0 Feature Roadmap & Feature Suggestions · 2017-09-03T04:13:58.242Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

This is an epic comment with lots of great ideas and observations.

A few comments/opinions:

  1. I don't think the text should be proper black as in #000000. I find that slightly off black makes for a better reading experience, and I think this is pretty standard practice, though I may be mistaken.

  2. I think it's a feature that upvotes and downvotes appear above and below. I may want to see the count at the top before reading, but then again at the bottom so I can vote once I've read the post.

  3. Agree that hamburgers aren't great, but hover based UIs aren't tablet friendly, so I'm not keen on that solution.

  4. Strongly agree with the comment editor not being visually distinct enough. Multible times when writing this comment I've scrolled up to reference your comment, and then found it a little annoying to find where I was typing my reply.

Comment by malo on LessWrong 2.0 Feature Roadmap & Feature Suggestions · 2017-09-03T03:46:49.980Z · score: 6 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Nice!

Two thoughts:

  1. What about adding a small link icon next to the time that is the link to the comment. Having the time be the link is pretty hard to discover. Facebook does it this way, and it took me a pretty long time to consistently remember, and rediscovering was really annoying.

  2. I think the idea of displaying the linked comment at the top of the page is cool, but I also find it a little confusing (like I instictively think “where’s the rest of the discussion” for a quick sec). I also almost always click the “Show comment in full contetxt” link. Given this it seems to me that brining the user directly to the comment in context might be best. Maybe the comment could be highlighted in some way so that it was easy to see which comment was linked to.

Comment by malo on LessWrong 2.0 Feature Roadmap & Feature Suggestions · 2017-09-03T03:32:32.673Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Harvard Law Review also has a pretty classy way of doing footnotes (example post).

Comment by malo on LessWrong 2.0 Feature Roadmap & Feature Suggestions · 2017-09-03T03:31:05.921Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah that would be really great. Medium does this kind of well. Chris Olah's blog also has this feature (example post), but it’s implemented in a pretty hacky way using Disqus.

It would be cool if you could highlight some text in a post, and there was an easy way to create a comment that quoted that part of the text. Maybe you could even show some sort of visual highlight on that text in the post if the dicussion is high quality (measure by come combination of Karma and lenght?).

Comment by malo on Welcome to Lesswrong 2.0 · 2017-06-20T01:13:12.311Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, it's pretty unreasonable to expect typography to be dialed in for the closed beta :)

Some quick thoughts/opinions I have for the post text:

  • I'd consider making the body text a serif font. I find it's a better reading experience.

  • Body text is too grey. It definitely shouldn't be black, but maybe darker at something like: #2F2230.

  • I'd differentiate heading a little more, maybe a different font, or real small caps. Also if I was being really opinionated I'd only support 3 heading levels and make them smaller. I think people are overdoing it these days with really big headings in post/article text on the web. It certainly clearly differentiates them from the text but there are classier ways of doing that.

  • The current line-height is pretty big at 1.846, I'd change it to something closer to 1.6. Maybe even as low as 1.4.

  • Most sites have their font size to small, so I'm really happy to see you didn't do that, but I think to current body font is two big at 20px. I'd do 18px at most, an no smaller then 16px. Doing this might make the lines a little on the long end though.

  • I'd also implement hanging bullets. This is were bullet text is flush with the body text, and the bullets are in the margin a little. It's very easy to do with CSS. For bonus points you could do hanging punctuation for quotes, but that's much harder.

Comment by malo on Welcome to Lesswrong 2.0 · 2017-06-20T00:22:41.528Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I'd generally recommend reading Practical Typography, and Professional Web Typography. I expect knowing that stuff well would be valuable since LW is primary a websites where people read lots of text.

Test link

2016-09-23T18:39:15.000Z · score: 0 (0 votes)
Comment by malo on MIRI's 2015 Summer Fundraiser! · 2015-08-30T20:59:23.023Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Someone just snagged the last $1,001 match. Thanks to all those who donated $1,001 to secure the matching, and DeevGrape for providing it!

Comment by malo on MIRI's 2015 Summer Fundraiser! · 2015-08-29T19:15:01.295Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Another $1,001 donation has come it.

One last $1,001 match remaining.

Comment by malo on MIRI's 2015 Summer Fundraiser! · 2015-08-29T02:37:30.419Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

3 of the 5 $1,001 matches have already been claimed. As additional $1,001 donations come in I'll post updates here.

Comment by malo on New forum for MIRI research: Intelligent Agent Foundations Forum · 2015-03-19T16:17:18.629Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

The server was down, but it is back up again now.

Comment by malo on New forum for MIRI research: Intelligent Agent Foundations Forum · 2015-03-19T16:15:57.912Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

It does: http://agentfoundations.org/rss

The link to it is the last thing in the right sidebar. It says RSS in green.

Comment by malo on Rationality: From AI to Zombies · 2015-03-15T23:59:36.453Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Definitely beneficial, there is no cost worth considering when it comes to the next marginal person getting the book through our site, even if their selection is $0. So don't worry about directing them there.

Comment by malo on Rationality: From AI to Zombies · 2015-03-15T23:56:30.202Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

No fees, but also takes some extra staff time (additional bookkeeping/accounting work is involved), so there is some cost to it. If we got more BTC donations it would reduce the time cost per donation, due to effects of batching, but as it stands now, they are usually processed (record added to our donor database and accounting software) on an individual basis.

One thing that takes a significant amount of time is when someone mis-pays a Coinbase invoice (sends a different amount of BTC then they indicated on the Coinbase form on our site). Coinbase treats these payments in a different way that ends up requiring more time to process on our end.

All that being said we like having the BTC donation option, and it always makes me happy to see one come in. So if making contributions via BTC is your preference, I'm all for it :)

Comment by malo on Rationality: From AI to Zombies · 2015-03-15T16:19:47.099Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

See my comment here about this.

Comment by malo on Rationality: From AI to Zombies · 2015-03-15T16:17:38.359Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Depending on how you sent money to MIRI, we'd incur transaction fees anyway (donating through PayPal using a PayPal account or CC). ACH donations have lower fees, and checks don't have any, but both of those take staff time to process, so unless the donation was say $50 or more, it probably wouldn't be worth it.

Comment by malo on A Guide to Rational Investing · 2014-09-15T18:53:00.680Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Slight nitpick. It's actually saying, you can do better than just buying index funds, not that you shouldn't buy them.

Comment by malo on A Guide to Rational Investing · 2014-09-15T18:50:24.831Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

In my opinion it is not really possible to scale a market-inefficiency-exploiting strategy to the level that Betterment and WealthFront are after.

Yeah, I can imagine it's hard to take advantage of some of the inefficiencies you pointed out at that scale. Though they do invest in funds like Small-Cap ETFs because of the market inefficiency you pointed out.

I consider their approach to be an alternative to using Vanguard . . .

This confuses me a little since the vast majority of the funds they invest in are Vanguard ETFs. Maybe you mean something more specific that I'm missing?

Comment by malo on A Guide to Rational Investing · 2014-09-15T05:58:11.517Z · score: 11 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Am I right that services like Betterment and WealthFront are basically automating most of this? They offer automated investment in a mix of ETFs (of stocks and bonds) weighted to ones risk tolerance, which is rebalanced automatically, and bought/sold in the most tax efficient manner (all for a small fee).

I recently spent some time figuring out how I wanted do investing in the US, and settled on using Betterment. Using a service like theirs seems strictly better than doing it myself, and I haven't found any compelling arguments that finding a financial advisor would be worth the effort.

Comment by malo on Open thread, September 8-14, 2014 · 2014-09-09T20:47:40.411Z · score: 9 (9 votes) · LW · GW

Unfortunately the program has been discontinued by Capital One :(

We have it in our queue to look into alternatives.

One thing you might want to look into is that many cards will allow you to donate your reward points etc. to charity. For many credit cards, this generates more value for the charity you choose to donate to.

Comment by malo on Calling all MIRI supporters for unique May 6 giving opportunity! · 2014-05-15T17:17:56.482Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

We are definitely planning on doing this. Just waiting for all prizes to be officially awarded first.

Comment by malo on Calling all MIRI supporters for unique May 6 giving opportunity! · 2014-05-06T20:59:53.274Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yup!

No cap. Email me for more details.

Comment by malo on Calling all MIRI supporters for unique May 6 giving opportunity! · 2014-05-06T10:40:49.252Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

The leaderboard is unique donors for the whole 24 hour period. But the prizes are for most unique donors in an hour, so the leaderboard won't tell us much.

Comment by malo on Calling all MIRI supporters for unique May 6 giving opportunity! · 2014-05-06T10:08:26.686Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

We didn't win the 12 pm hour, but we won the 1 am hour! We also won the 408 prize of $2,500!

We have a live blog setup here, and a live feed of “the war room” at MIRI.

Comment by malo on Calling all MIRI supporters for unique May 6 giving opportunity! · 2014-05-05T05:19:56.643Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Weird not sure how that happened. Fixed in the blog post. Luke should be updating the LW post momentarily.

Thanks for catching that!

Comment by malo on Calling all MIRI supporters for unique May 6 giving opportunity! · 2014-05-05T03:42:17.052Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Ooh, I misread that.

I didn't even know there was a LW Facebook group! I've just requested access and will post momentarily.

Comment by malo on Calling all MIRI supporters for unique May 6 giving opportunity! · 2014-05-05T03:30:03.420Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

Yes.

The reason is that we have no real data about how many donations in any given hour will be enough to win the $2,000. So the trade off we decided to take is to increase our likelihood of winning a few hours, at the expense of having an even distribution over more hours. Since I'm happier to win a few by a landslide, than loose all of them by a hair. Also, more practically, coordinating the latter approach is much more difficult on a large scale.

Comment by malo on Calling all MIRI supporters for unique May 6 giving opportunity! · 2014-05-05T03:21:41.123Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

That's weird . . .

Do you see it here?

Comment by malo on Calling all MIRI supporters for unique May 6 giving opportunity! · 2014-05-05T03:15:36.654Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

Glad to hear it, and thanks for the kind words!

Comment by malo on Calling all MIRI supporters for unique May 6 giving opportunity! · 2014-05-05T01:28:55.360Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Done :)

Also boosting it with some ad dollars to increase the reach.

Comment by malo on Calling all MIRI supporters for unique May 6 giving opportunity! · 2014-05-05T01:00:13.469Z · score: 19 (19 votes) · LW · GW

I'm sure there are ways to do that, but very few people know how to use those tools.

As for MIRI staff staying up there are other reasons to do so, such as monitoring the giving patterns of other orgs, and monitor our attempts to win matching and coordinate those individuals.

(Also FWIW, I think you could have made the suggestion about automating the process, which is a great and helpful idea, in a much nicer and constructive fashion.)

Comment by malo on Calling all MIRI supporters for unique May 6 giving opportunity! · 2014-05-05T00:44:14.033Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

They will not :(

All donations must be made through our page on Razoo. Razoo only accepts credit cards and debit cards.

Comment by malo on MIRI Donation Collaboration Station · 2014-04-30T03:31:40.539Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, coordination will be very important. See this comment for some of my thoughts.

SI is coming to Oxford, looking for hosts, trying to keep costs down

2012-11-08T15:40:52.935Z · score: 5 (8 votes)

SI is looking to hire someone to finish a Decision Theory FAQ

2012-09-02T04:48:08.553Z · score: 7 (8 votes)

SI/CFAR Are Looking for Contract Web Developers

2012-08-06T22:47:43.332Z · score: 4 (7 votes)

[Applications Closed] The Singularity Institute is hiring remote LaTeX editors

2012-07-29T00:27:26.381Z · score: 8 (9 votes)

Article about LW: Faith, Hope, and Singularity: Entering the Matrix with New York’s Futurist Set

2012-07-25T19:28:25.901Z · score: 33 (39 votes)