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Biohacking in New York, Cybernetics and first Cyborg Hate Crime: theverge.com 2012-08-08T18:00:42.911Z · score: 3 (12 votes)
[Link] Physcists say they can encode magnetic data using heat pulses 2012-02-08T08:45:11.220Z · score: 0 (7 votes)
Fix my Friends Head 2011-11-26T00:13:10.616Z · score: -11 (14 votes)
The Whistleblower 2011-08-15T21:13:00.651Z · score: -5 (6 votes)
Akrasic Reasoning 2011-08-05T20:22:56.910Z · score: -4 (13 votes)
Meetup : San Jose Start of College Meetup 2011-08-03T19:55:24.160Z · score: 1 (2 votes)
Torchwood 2011-07-10T01:07:53.470Z · score: 1 (8 votes)
Ray Kurzweil on Bill Maher 2011-06-18T05:17:21.139Z · score: 2 (3 votes)
Quantum Physics, CERN and Hawking radiation 2011-06-16T20:44:33.885Z · score: 1 (2 votes)
More info about the book Eliezer is writing? 2011-06-06T06:46:29.210Z · score: 13 (14 votes)

Comments

Comment by matthewbaker on Call for Anonymous Narratives by LW Women and Question Proposals (AMA) · 2012-11-26T22:06:21.807Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I like letting go completely, but I have tricks in case I need to use them in dire scenarios. For instance my friend henri was thought looping quite badly a couple of weeks ago. I was able to get him on a bike and moving and calmed him down almost immediately due to his large muscle memory in that regard. Role play control is just a fancy way of getting someone into a familiar role while they are in an unfamiliar mental state to help them relax and let go. I have trip sat many times sober and many times while tripping on low doses and each time I have found it easier to help people with overly intense experiences using that technique. The last time I completely let go on a trip I was on ~5g of mushies and I thought I was having a heart attack at one point but it was quite enlightening and I experienced ego-loss like never before. I can definitely support the mindset of ensuring a good set in setting I just also accept the occasional need for dealing with people tripping too hard to be quiet.

Comment by matthewbaker on Call for Anonymous Narratives by LW Women and Question Proposals (AMA) · 2012-10-31T08:17:14.556Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Basically... You dont need someone you trust until you start doubting yourself and losing control. Role-playing is just a technique of letting your body play a role instead of losing that control. Thanks for the response :)

Comment by matthewbaker on Call for Anonymous Narratives by LW Women and Question Proposals (AMA) · 2012-09-11T09:34:18.008Z · score: 6 (14 votes) · LW · GW

You two are so cute when your argue!!!

Comment by matthewbaker on Call for Anonymous Narratives by LW Women and Question Proposals (AMA) · 2012-09-11T09:30:53.015Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

What tricks do you use to control yourself while tripping when you dont have people you trust to help you? I have a inkling that the reason I have a harder time teaching role play control to girls is somewhat to do with gender roles but insofar I've failed at deducing why.

Comment by matthewbaker on Call for Anonymous Narratives by LW Women and Question Proposals (AMA) · 2012-09-11T09:17:01.904Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

This made me 100x happier about our first interaction at the Irvine meetup with Yvain and co... Fanfiction chatting cooler than all other types of chattery :)

Comment by matthewbaker on Social status & testosterone · 2012-08-22T17:27:08.668Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I just felt like the speed of my answer should still be of some benefit, and I wasn't aware that you had gained the knowledge of its existence in the month hence your previous comment.

Comment by matthewbaker on Social status & testosterone · 2012-08-20T19:14:24.888Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

mymodafinil.com

Comment by matthewbaker on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 16, chapter 85 · 2012-08-11T01:22:54.969Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

She is however under the influence of equivalently dark arts.

Comment by matthewbaker on A rationalist My Little Pony fanfic · 2012-08-11T01:20:14.301Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Well its supposed to be quite rationalist and quite awesome. Im only about 12-15 chapters in and my brothers Fallout :equestria boardgame already fascinates me

Comment by matthewbaker on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 16, chapter 85 · 2012-08-11T00:51:07.755Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

It wasnt bad Eneasz. Honestly, I will try to sing it some day and it will be way worse than yours but less awkward because I am not making the coolest thing ever for the rest of the interwebz trust me xD anyway tell Hermione shes AWESOME for me.

Comment by matthewbaker on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 16, chapter 85 · 2012-08-11T00:40:37.217Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I like it

Comment by matthewbaker on A rationalist My Little Pony fanfic · 2012-08-11T00:38:21.110Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Have you guys heard of Fallout:Equestria?

Comment by matthewbaker on Rationality Quotes August 2012 · 2012-08-11T00:31:44.352Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Can't their be good humans who don't create paperclips and just destroy antipaperclips and staples and such?

Comment by matthewbaker on Rationality Quotes August 2012 · 2012-08-10T19:51:28.117Z · score: -4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

SPACE!

Comment by matthewbaker on Rationality Quotes August 2012 · 2012-08-10T19:50:13.068Z · score: 4 (8 votes) · LW · GW

META MAN! willnewsomecuresmetaproblemsasfastashecan META MAN!

Comment by matthewbaker on Biohacking in New York, Cybernetics and first Cyborg Hate Crime: theverge.com · 2012-08-10T00:06:34.729Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

This was my main concern when thinking of getting one :(

Comment by matthewbaker on Biohacking in New York, Cybernetics and first Cyborg Hate Crime: theverge.com · 2012-08-10T00:03:00.739Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Cocaine seems to avoid much of these problems when used as a local anesthetic but its also hard to acquire in pure form in the US

Comment by matthewbaker on Biohacking in New York, Cybernetics and first Cyborg Hate Crime: theverge.com · 2012-08-10T00:01:57.507Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I was quoting the article, he did say that it was inflammatory to call it that and I didn't mean to use it as a semantic buzzword :)

Comment by matthewbaker on Intellectual insularity and productivity · 2012-07-20T19:12:39.879Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

EY should start a webshow called day in the life of EY which is just a webcam attached to his head so we can know more about his personal life than he already shares with us xD

Comment by matthewbaker on Eliezer Yudkowsky Facts · 2012-07-18T19:00:22.795Z · score: 1 (13 votes) · LW · GW

And you say hes the cute one xD

Comment by matthewbaker on Revisiting SI's 2011 strategic plan: How are we doing? · 2012-07-18T16:44:45.600Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

If its an alien intelligence and doesn't have a global association table like Starmap-AI we are already doomed.

Comment by matthewbaker on Group rationality diary, 7/9/12 · 2012-07-18T16:36:23.619Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I'm glad that you like it! I feel the same way about it and its enactiopure cousin r-modafinill which doesn't have much of an uncomfortable body high even in higher doses like 300mg.

Comment by matthewbaker on Reply to Holden on 'Tool AI' · 2012-07-18T16:27:27.408Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Your prospective AI plans for programmer-understandability seems very close to Starmap-AI by which I mean

It's called the Global Association Table. The points or stars represent concepts, and the lines are the links between them.

The best story I've read about a not so failed utopia involves this kind of accountability over the FAI. While I hate to generalize from fictional evidence it definitely seems like a necessary step to not becoming a galaxy that tiles over the aliens with happy faces instead of just freezing them in place to prevent human harm.

Comment by matthewbaker on Reply to Holden on The Singularity Institute · 2012-07-13T18:01:02.408Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I never have before but this CPA Audit seemed like a logical thing that would encourage my wealthy parents to donate :)

Comment by matthewbaker on Group rationality diary, 7/9/12 · 2012-07-12T23:36:48.514Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Keep Trying!

Comment by matthewbaker on Irrationality Game II · 2012-07-11T23:22:36.041Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

more people have died from cryocrastinating than cryonics ;)

Comment by matthewbaker on Reply to Holden on The Singularity Institute · 2012-07-11T22:21:43.906Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I think our values our positively maximized by delaying the HPMOR finale as long as possible, my post was more out of curiosity to see what would be most helpful to Eliezer.

Comment by matthewbaker on Group rationality diary, 7/9/12 · 2012-07-11T21:39:30.704Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Melatonin has a U shaped dose-response curve. I have found that lower doses will always work better until below 1mg with no tolerance.

Comment by matthewbaker on Group rationality diary, 7/9/12 · 2012-07-11T21:34:23.340Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

My advice is try a safer stimulant like modafinil. Mymodafinil.com is a good souce that will also help you try the enactiopure version which has been know to produce less body high like effects you described above.

Comment by matthewbaker on Reply to Holden on The Singularity Institute · 2012-07-11T00:14:33.826Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

If I earmark my donations for "HPMOR Finale or CPA Audit whichever comes first" would that act as positive or negative pressure towards Eliezer's fiction creation complex? (I only ask because bugging him for an update has been previously suggested to reduce update speed)

Furthermore. Oracle AI/Nanny AI seem to both fail the heuristic of "other country is about to beat us in a war, should we remove the safety programming" that I use quite often with nearly everyone I debate AI about from outside the LW community. Thank you both for writing such concise yet detailed responses that helped me understand the problem areas of Tool AI better.

Comment by matthewbaker on Rationality Lessons Learned from Irrational Adventures in Romance · 2012-05-20T16:07:01.424Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I will read it and get back to you.

Comment by matthewbaker on Rationality Quotes May 2012 · 2012-05-07T01:00:30.703Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

PHOENIXS FATE, was something I don't think Rowling's Dumbledore could have done but up until Dumbledore lost the idiot ball in recent chapters I fully agree with you :)

Comment by matthewbaker on Extreme Rationality: It's Not That Great · 2012-04-18T13:00:59.407Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

All this rationality organizing talk has to have some misquotes :(

Comment by matthewbaker on More "Personal" Introductions · 2012-04-18T12:03:48.933Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Swimmers account?....

Comment by matthewbaker on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-29T08:51:48.273Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Robin in Quirrell is apparent at times but Quirrell still seems quite Eliezer based to me :)

Comment by matthewbaker on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-29T04:43:06.506Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

In a world where innocents are dying, where evil is winning and good people live in fear for their loved ones, one man had the courage to do what must be done. Aberforth Dumbledore is Narcissa's Immolator.

I like this possibility, it furthermore postulates that Albus was confused for Aberforth which is very likely IMO.

Comment by matthewbaker on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-28T03:44:21.483Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Time Braid is what Chunin Exam Day could have been without a Harem and with a more convincing polyamorous shipping. Its a much better and less drawn out story, for instance there are many other complete AU remakes that go as long and as deeply as HPMOR. However, HPMOR doesn't have the vast amount of fluff and filler that many of the 6/7 multipart fics seem to have(barring SA which I enjoyed greatly).

Comment by matthewbaker on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 11 · 2012-03-27T10:32:21.095Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Double upvote for Zingers ^^

Comment by matthewbaker on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-27T09:54:38.625Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Look all I know is that when Harry gets killed by Voldemort in canon nothing was as it seemed. I assume the next chapter will be nearly as suspenseful despite the trial resolution if Eliezer has anything to say about it.

Comment by matthewbaker on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-27T09:50:30.561Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

safe the world. ;)

If you have any more zingers like that please use them before the story is over. I don't think my heart will be able to handle the combined laughter.

On this forum we tend to want Eliezer to get back to work sometime before 2049 and so we cant have an endless saga of 7 fan-fictions in sequence culminating with a double movie ;)

Comment by matthewbaker on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 11 · 2012-03-24T11:03:28.608Z · score: -2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

All I got from this is HarryMoRt*

Comment by matthewbaker on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 10 · 2012-03-13T11:10:59.212Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I don't mind it being the death stick, but for some reason resurrection stone seemed to be quite possible to me when I read it last night. I cant wait to see what happens nonetheless :)

Comment by matthewbaker on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 10 · 2012-03-13T11:08:22.880Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I like rot13-ing my predictions, but if its bothering you I apologize.

Comment by matthewbaker on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 10 · 2012-03-12T07:01:16.421Z · score: -1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

i know were all buzzing about this new chapter, but I found a gem in our newly placed 76 with this ""Grindelwald possessed an ancient and terrible device," said Dumbledore. "While he held it, I could not break his defense. In our duel I could not win, only fight him for long hours until he fell in exhaustion; and I would have died of it afterward, if not for Fawkes. But while his Muggle allies yet made blood sacrifice to sustain him, Grindelwald would not have fallen. He was, during that time, truly invincible. Of that grim device which Grindelwald held, none must know, none must suspect, there must be not a single hint. And therefore you must not speak of it, and I will say no more for now. That is all, Harry. There is no moral to it, and no wisdom. That is all there is."" Definitely Gur erfheerpgvba fgbar and we know this is probably not canonical.

For this chapter, V guvax vg jnf boivbhf nf fbba nf fur jnf natel ng Qenpb gung U&P jbhyq ghea ure ntnvafg uvz. Ur NPGHNYYL yvxrq Urezvabar naq ur pnag svtug ure pbeerpgyl juvyr urf fgvyy uheg bire ybfvat ure cfrhqb-sevraqfuvc. Can't believe were hitting the trial subgenre though, keep up the good work eleizer.

Comment by matthewbaker on Theory of Knowledge (rationality outreach) · 2012-02-08T08:45:54.215Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Nope :(

Comment by matthewbaker on The Singularity Institute's Arrogance Problem · 2012-01-20T17:14:44.756Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

To quickly sum up Newcomb's problem, Its a question of probability where choosing the more "rational" thing to do will result in a great deal less currency to a traditional probability based decision theory. TDT takes steps to avoid getting stuck 2 boxing, or choosing the more rational of the two choices while applying in the vast majority of other situations.

Comment by matthewbaker on The Gift I Give Tomorrow · 2012-01-11T05:55:03.962Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I believe that as thoughtful citizens of a future trans-humanist republic The Gift We Give To Tomorrow is our pursuit of a world that can never have an event fundamentally worse than a tragedy because of the way it has been structured. Then again... structuring that universe correctly is almost as scary as having the world undergo a fundamental change.

That being said, I love this post series and wish I lived in New York for the event itself ^^

Comment by matthewbaker on [RESEARCH] Marijuana may prevent Alzheimer's disease · 2011-12-31T03:14:50.409Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I also support vaporization, which uses a much faster method than tincture but its just as safe and more efficient than the rest.

Comment by matthewbaker on Why we need better science, example #6,281 · 2011-12-11T02:57:14.157Z · score: -1 (5 votes) · LW · GW

So sad when science is failed by its warriors :(

Comment by matthewbaker on Larry King: I want to be frozen · 2011-12-08T01:54:37.635Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

You can integrate it with initial conditions though and just like we can use our prefrontal cortex to predict the probable initial conditions of events(albeit inaccurately occasionally), a powerful computer may be able to predict our complex mental pathways based on known past events with high fidelity. I'm not saying that you wont need the initial conditions to integrate the function, I just think AGI would have less trouble with it than you assume. I think you have a good point about the principle though and I will take informative decay into my perceived utility of cryonics in the future.