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You should ask for a third-party audit of your cryopreservation 2021-07-08T01:18:32.560Z
I’m a 19-year-old Terminal Patient. Medical Brain Preservation Should not be Difficult to Discuss or Adopt 2021-02-23T00:42:53.588Z
Updating the Roadmap to Whole Brain Emulation Part 6: NEURAL MODELING - Patient Specific Selection, Fitting and Validation 2020-12-15T01:26:56.183Z
A summary review on The Age of Em 2020-11-01T16:18:30.058Z
Not all theories of consciousness are created equal: a reply to Robert Lawrence Kuhn's recent article in Skeptic Magazine [Link] 2016-09-04T20:35:56.171Z
A courageous story of brain preservation, "Dying Young" by Amy Harmon, The New York Times 2015-09-15T02:38:39.922Z
Meetup : Schelling Cafe 2015-08-25T00:43:00.642Z
Cryonics: peace of mind vs. immortality 2015-06-24T07:10:29.494Z
Calling all Nigerian rationalists and effective altruists 2015-05-03T22:31:49.356Z
Shawn Mikula on Brain Preservation Protocols and Extensions 2015-04-29T02:47:59.009Z
How to sign up for Alcor cryo 2015-04-26T02:51:48.377Z
What are the resolution limits of medical imaging? 2015-01-25T22:57:17.336Z
Getting a new medical diagnostic to market 2014-11-09T03:46:39.592Z

Comments

Comment by oge on Why rationalists should care (more) about free software · 2022-01-23T20:14:35.256Z · LW · GW

The only safe AGI software is libre AGI software? I buy that.

Comment by oge on Book Review: The Righteous Mind · 2022-01-22T01:42:46.285Z · LW · GW

How is your book club different?

Comment by oge on Calibration proverbs · 2022-01-12T04:57:51.360Z · LW · GW

The world needs more poetry. Thanks, Elmer.

Comment by oge on What questions do you have about doing work on AI safety? · 2021-12-21T23:18:22.583Z · LW · GW

What is the day to day work like?

From reading this site it looks like the “heavy-hitters” mostly debate timelines, and possible architectures. There doesn’t seem to be too much concrete work for new researchers to do…

Comment by oge on What questions do you have about doing work on AI safety? · 2021-12-21T23:18:02.405Z · LW · GW

What is the day to day work like?

From reading this site it looks like the “heavy-hitters” mostly debate timelines, and possible architectures. There doesn’t seem to be too much concrete work for new researchers to do…

Comment by oge on Visible Thoughts Project and Bounty Announcement · 2021-12-01T00:00:28.252Z · LW · GW

Hey Nate, what's the first thing you'd ask the Friendly AI to do if you knew it existed?

Comment by oge on Visible Thoughts Project and Bounty Announcement · 2021-11-30T22:25:39.978Z · LW · GW

I think we'd like a summary of how the decisions were arrived at

Comment by oge on Visible Thoughts Project and Bounty Announcement · 2021-11-30T20:54:52.713Z · LW · GW

Yeah, and let's not build a machine that can lie very well.

Comment by oge on Visible Thoughts Project and Bounty Announcement · 2021-11-30T20:40:33.768Z · LW · GW

What if we use the commentary from chess games as thoughts?

Comment by oge on Visible Thoughts Project and Bounty Announcement · 2021-11-30T19:32:38.320Z · LW · GW

Signal-boosting this. Here's to more teams working together to get this bounty! ᾔ2

Comment by oge on Visible Thoughts Project and Bounty Announcement · 2021-11-30T19:30:03.690Z · LW · GW

FYI the Faulkner annotated screenplays have about 3 sentences of annotation for every 10 pages.

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Comment by oge on Visible Thoughts Project and Bounty Announcement · 2021-11-30T19:22:55.121Z · LW · GW

It'd be hard for humans to compete with AI unless humans can communicate with the AI in reasonable-sized chunks e.g. a 100-page document. Me, I think we should chat in 10-page documents or less ᾓ7ἿE‍♀️.

Comment by oge on [deleted post] 2021-11-21T17:09:46.479Z

It'd be nice to have even a sentence-long summary at the end. There are interesting nuggets but I can't find a justified call-to-action.

Comment by oge on Ambitious Altruistic Software Engineering Efforts: Opportunities and Benefits · 2021-11-20T02:43:03.876Z · LW · GW

Props for emphasizing that a lot of these projects are “tech bundled with services”.

I believe that all software projects are in fact, “tech bundled with services” since the software will need upkeep in order to stay relevant to its users. Of course, I'm biased since I'd love to own one such project.

Comment by oge on Self-education best practices · 2021-11-10T23:34:56.623Z · LW · GW

Thanks for asking this question. If you do start the reading programme, I hope you'll post your plans and progress so I can follow along.

Comment by oge on Transcript: "You Should Read HPMOR" · 2021-11-02T19:07:03.070Z · LW · GW

Grinnellian, wut wut. [nnadioge] '06 on plans.

Comment by oge on How to measure (human) impact? · 2021-09-27T15:55:56.837Z · LW · GW

Off the top of my head: perhaps interact with a clique of people for a pre-determined time like a year, then ask them in multiple ways (anonymous feedback form, face-to-face convos etc.) what your impact was.

Comment by oge on The Best Software For Every Need · 2021-09-10T21:41:47.008Z · LW · GW

Just out of curiosity: what kinds of binaries do you need to reverse-engineer on a regular basis?

Comment by oge on Training My Friend to Cook · 2021-08-29T11:14:16.392Z · LW · GW

Could you please put the takeaways at the top of the article, as a tldr?

Comment by oge on You should ask for a third-party audit of your cryopreservation · 2021-07-13T22:09:51.044Z · LW · GW

I don't know. Alcor offered to send my agents the post-mortem CT scan, but haven't gotten back about biopsies.

Comment by oge on You should ask for a third-party audit of your cryopreservation · 2021-07-13T21:52:11.192Z · LW · GW

I think we agree that a safe audit would be desirable. We differ in thinking that the toxicity of ASC is a dealbreaker. Is this accurate?

The most detailed studies of the brain today, which show the locations of dozens of memory-related proteins, are done using aldehydes (the A in ASC) so I hope to be revived as an emulation; I have little hope that my physical body can be rewarmed as is partly because of the difficulty of getting cryoprotectant to every part of the brain.

Come to think of it, if you could be preserved pre-mortem in a territory where that is legal, and then had your body preserved at −135 °C  (ABOVE liquid nitrogen temperature and above the temp at which cracks form in the brain), then the body might be viable into the future...

Comment by oge on You should ask for a third-party audit of your cryopreservation · 2021-07-08T22:43:07.358Z · LW · GW

Cryopreservation causes lots of damage, always. What would this show?

Cryopreservation doesn't have to cause damage. For instance, Aldehyde Stabilized Cryopreservation (on pigs) doesn't https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cryobiol.2015.09.003

Brain biopsies, especially by cryo staff, sound dangerous.

Brain biopsies are performed in hospitals e.g. during brain cancer diagnostics. They should not be dangerous to perform

Is there any indication that cryo companies would comply with this? What would associated costs be?

I don't know.

Comment by oge on Two non-obvious lessons from microcovid.org · 2021-06-24T15:55:44.726Z · LW · GW

Seconding the point to, save myself and then export the program thereof to the rest of the world.

Comment by oge on Bad names make you open the box · 2021-06-09T15:22:59.179Z · LW · GW

One model for choosing good names:

(1) selecting the concepts to include in the name, (2) choosing the words to represent each concept, and (3) constructing a name using these words.

"How Developers Choose Names" (2021) by Feitelson et al. https://arxiv.org/abs/2103.07487

Comment by oge on Wrist Update · 2021-05-30T22:13:57.404Z · LW · GW

Hey Adele, could you please summarize (or link to) the exercises that helped you? I'm having wrist problems as well and I've found that cycling through a wide range of exercises helps

Comment by oge on How do you solicit feedback effectively? · 2021-05-02T21:02:10.570Z · LW · GW

Hey Raj, I don't know you and you may DM me to have a conversation after which I can provide feedback.

Comment by oge on What are all these children doing in my ponds? · 2021-04-04T15:39:57.031Z · LW · GW

It looks like Singer subscribes to the maxim, "Give until you're unable to take care of yourself and your loved ones."

I like this framing better than the drowning child analogy since the trigger for the action pattern of giving is well-defined. Thanks for pointing this article out, Chris_Leong.

Comment by oge on 2 innovative life extension approaches using cryonics technology · 2021-04-02T08:38:05.272Z · LW · GW

Props for writing up these out-of-the-box ideas. Hemispherectomies especially. I wonder how risky the procedure is.

Comment by oge on Where are we? · 2017-08-29T20:52:52.413Z · LW · GW

Haha, I live in Lagos too. One day we'll have a proper meetup :)

Comment by oge on Where are we? · 2017-08-26T13:25:20.626Z · LW · GW

Where in Nigeria?

Comment by oge on Tentative Thoughts on the Cost Effectiveness of the SENS Foundation · 2017-07-27T15:58:45.786Z · LW · GW

Malnutrition is the visible surface symptom of "these are uncivilised, backwards people caught in a series of petty tribal wars".

I agree.

Could you tell me how you came about the list of African backward values? I currently live in an African country; I'd like the names of all the values I'd need to instil to avoid seeing preventable suffering around me.

(FYI I'd thought that having a public list of salaries and paying higher taxes, a la Norway, would be mostly sufficient to fix things)

Comment by oge on Rescuing the Extropy Magazine archives · 2017-07-06T22:06:12.188Z · LW · GW

Perhaps put these files up on the Internet Archive (http://archive.org/upload/) so they're preserved "forever"

Comment by oge on [deleted post] 2017-07-06T22:00:15.505Z

Hey, turchin, do you mind explaining how you came about your final goals i.e. infinite evolution?

I'm looking for a way to test which final goal is more right. My current best guess for my final goal is, "avoiding pain and promoting play" and I've heard someone say, alternatively "beauty in the universe and eyes to see it." It would be neat if these different goals are reconcilable in some way.

Comment by oge on Philosophical Parenthood · 2017-06-25T16:15:44.544Z · LW · GW

I would love to hear your opinion since I have many loved ones currently planning to have kids. Do you mind DMing me your opinion?

Comment by oge on Philosophical Parenthood · 2017-06-11T16:13:35.483Z · LW · GW

Hi SquirrellInHell, how would you respond to the comment left on the original post that having kids is likely net bad for the kids but net good for the world?

Instead, the process you describe of "overthinking your motivations" and acting on abstract reasoning has led me to believe that having kids actually harms the kids. I'm not sacrificing their lives to the altruism of letting them improve the lives of everyone else.

Comment by oge on [deleted post] 2017-05-26T15:06:04.304Z

Hey Duncan, where can I sign up for this?

Comment by oge on Project Hufflepuff: Planting the Flag · 2017-05-17T08:14:05.262Z · LW · GW

Hey Ray, would you mind posting the notes from the unconference? With the CFAR hackathon coming up, the notes might give me ideas of hacks to work on.

Comment by oge on I Want To Live In A Baugruppe · 2017-03-18T11:42:14.230Z · LW · GW

Hear! Hear!!

Comment by oge on How often do you check this forum? · 2017-02-04T12:39:34.151Z · LW · GW

Ping

Comment by oge on Act into Fear and Abandon all Hope · 2017-01-04T13:05:03.515Z · LW · GW

Thanks for writing this Gordon. I was struck by this paragraph:

By making clever choices in the company we keep and the cultures we engage, as adults we can insulate ourselves from the fullness of the world

I'd never considered that my cleverness in avoiding aversive stimuli could hurt me in the long run.

Comment by oge on Act into Fear and Abandon all Hope · 2017-01-04T12:58:27.611Z · LW · GW

Haha, I'd have advised gworley to drop everything before the 8th paragraph ("It’s in this spirit that I advise you, act into fear. ") since it could have been summarized by a paragraph-long disclaimer.

Comment by oge on The Adventure: a new Utopia story · 2016-12-26T00:16:28.973Z · LW · GW

Lovely story, Stuart. I like how you captured certain aspects of thinking I hadn't seen articulated before e.g.

  • a being moving their attention/power towards different abilities as needed
  • that feeling of slowly becoming the part of a community
  • the feeling of noticing that a statement is likely not true
Comment by oge on Circles of discussion · 2016-12-18T22:36:26.914Z · LW · GW

Hi Villiam, your idea sounds like an academic community around rationality. You can think of the discussions as like the events at a conference or workshop where half-baked ideas are thrown about. And you can think of the "final" tome of knowledge as the proceedings of the journal: when an idea has been workshopped enough, it is revised and then published in the journal as Currently Definitive Knowledge.

This framing suggests having a rotating board of editors and a formal peer review system as is common in academic journals.

Comment by oge on CFAR’s new focus, and AI Safety · 2016-12-04T13:40:41.468Z · LW · GW

Hi Anna, could you please explain how CFAR decided to focus on AI safety, as opposed to other plausible existential risks like totalitarain governments or nuclear war?

Comment by oge on Not all theories of consciousness are created equal: a reply to Robert Lawrence Kuhn's recent article in Skeptic Magazine [Link] · 2016-09-16T16:55:12.533Z · LW · GW

I agree re: consciousness being too broad a term.

I use the term in the sense of "having an experience that isn't directly observable to others" but as you noted, people use it to mean LOTS of different other things. Thanks for articulating that thought.

Comment by oge on Not all theories of consciousness are created equal: a reply to Robert Lawrence Kuhn's recent article in Skeptic Magazine [Link] · 2016-09-06T17:14:00.335Z · LW · GW

My understanding is that if the creature is conscious at all, and it acts observably like a human with the kind of experience we care about, THEN it likely has the kind of experiences we care about.

Do you think it is likely that the creatures will NOT have the experiences we care about?

(just trying to make sure we're on the same page)

Comment by oge on Not all theories of consciousness are created equal: a reply to Robert Lawrence Kuhn's recent article in Skeptic Magazine [Link] · 2016-09-04T22:45:21.120Z · LW · GW

Sorry about that. The link should be fixed now

http://www.brainpreservation.org/not-all-theories-of-consciousness-are-created-equal-a-reply-to-robert-lawrence-kuhns-recent-article-in-skeptic-magazine/

Comment by oge on Abuse of Productivity Systems · 2016-05-26T21:05:27.351Z · LW · GW

Thank you, SquirrellinHell, for sharing your mind. I'm enjoying browsing through the triiger-action plans and trying them on :)

Comment by oge on Celebrating All Who Are in Effective Altruism · 2016-02-02T05:06:16.136Z · LW · GW

I think that using the term "effective altruist" causes a lot of problems with labeling (e.g. 'hardcore EA', 'softcore EA'). My thinking clarified when I began using only the term "effective altruism", and using it to stimulate asking, "how can I do the most good for each dollar of mine?"

http://effective-altruism.com/ea/9s/effective_altruism_is_a_question_not_an_ideology/

Comment by oge on Why CFAR? The view from 2015 · 2015-12-21T00:51:32.499Z · LW · GW

Hi ChristianKI, I was trying to find out from Pete what the winning would look like for the specific problems CFAR has in mind.

The causes in your links are very diverse, from biosecurity to AI risk. I 'd assumed that CFAR focused only on a couple of the most pressing problems. But I haven't heard officially what problems CFAR wants to solve the most.