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Comment by prometheus on A simple environment for showing mesa misalignment · 2019-09-26T06:30:27.289Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Nice read, this seems like something that can be tested now. I'm tempted to build this using an LSTM. I wonder if certain tweaks would remove the misalignment, such as a large forget gate after a certain number of iterations? That way, it might be misaligned at first in the testing phase, but could perhaps quickly adapt to a changing environment.

Comment by prometheus on Utility uncertainty vs. expected information gain · 2019-09-17T07:27:06.957Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

For clarification, is it actually relatively intuitive thought that an agent will act more conservatively? Who has stated as such? It seems this would only be the case if it had a deeper utility function that placed great weight on it 'discovering' its other utility function.

Comment by prometheus on The Contrarian Sequences · 2017-09-03T05:56:58.799Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I think contrarians are severely undervalued. I was originally a contrarian because 1: it's fun to have a whole room made at you; and 2: I always found it unnerving when a whole group of people all agreed on something, even if I mostly agreed with them. I found people's comfort zone discomforting. Now, thanks to my research into Group Think, and the evidence even one dissenter is enough to cast doubt on someone's perceptions and opinions, I've become something of a contrarian crusader. Pedophiles, terrorists, Nazis: the more toxic, the better. I do this for the reasons above... and because it's a whole lot of fun.

Comment by prometheus on The map of the risks of aliens · 2016-08-27T05:15:12.507Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

It could be the universe is only "old" by our standards. Maybe a few trillion years is a very young universe by normal standards, and it's only because we've been observing a simulation that it seems to be an "old" universe.

Comment by prometheus on The map of the risks of aliens · 2016-08-27T04:58:31.148Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

There's also the possibility that the universe is filled with aliens, but they are quiet in order to hide themselves from a more advanced alien civilization or UFAI. And this advanced civilization or UFAI acts as a Great Filter to those who do not have the sense to conceal themselves from it. This would assume that somehow aliens had a way of detecting the presence of this threat, perhaps by intercepting messages from alien civilizations before they were destroyed by it. Either that, or there is no way of detecting the aliens or UFAI, and all civilizations are doomed to be destroyed by it as soon as they start emitting radio signals.

Comment by prometheus on Willpower Schedule · 2016-08-24T18:02:15.503Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'm not sure if going to the bathroom is a "smart" adjustment between conscious and subconscious, or if it's closer to firing neurons in the region associated with it (that is to say, instead of a communication networks, it may be closer to just flipping on a switch). What would agree with the latter, is that studies show that the region of the brain associated with it is overly active when under the influence of alcohol. I think resting all day (and as a result, not wishing to do serious work) could probably be better explained by less blood flow to the brain (and as a result, less oxygen) due to lack of movement. On top of this, our bodies tend to operate in 12-hour cycles. If you are active for a while, your telling your brain it's in that 12-hour cycle. If your inactive, your telling it your in your inactive cycle.

Comment by prometheus on Inverse cryonics: one weird trick to persuade anyone to sign up for cryonics today! · 2016-08-14T20:04:04.217Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

21st Century Medicine cryopreserved and revived a rabbit kidney and planted inside a living rabbit. The kidney was still able to function. In a more recent study, memory retention seemed possible after cryopreservation, as mentioned. On top of this, 21st Century Medicine cryopreserved and thawed a rabbit brain with little damage: http://www.cryonics.org/news/mammal-brain-frozen-and-thawed-out-perfectly-for-first-time

Comment by prometheus on Inverse cryonics: one weird trick to persuade anyone to sign up for cryonics today! · 2016-08-12T04:35:44.570Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

But won't it be difficult convincing others to sign up (and sign up as soon as possible) if you are not signed up yourself? Even if it is financial, many people live paycheck-to-paycheck, but I believe could still afford cryonic preservation.

Comment by prometheus on Welcome to Less Wrong! (8th thread, July 2015) · 2016-08-11T00:41:49.219Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

(Somehow I posted this in the wrong place the first time, so I'm posting it here now.) Hi, I first discovered this site a few years ago, but never really participated on it. Looking back, it appears I only commented once or twice, saying something condescending about morality. Recently, I rediscovered the site, because I started noticing updates on a Facebook group (no longer) affiliated with it. What's funny is I only realized I had an account when I tried to register under the exact same User Name. I've started reading the sequences and am interested in participating in the discussions. I've thought intensely about certain topics since I was young, but I didn't really apply a scientific (or rationalist) approach to it until my Junior year of college, when I joined an Atheist community at my school. Many times, I see different sides to an issue. This isn't to say I stay on the fence for everything, but I understand most situations are complicated with at least some conflicting ideals.

Comment by prometheus on Attention! Financial scam targeting Less Wrong users · 2016-08-09T03:53:37.842Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Hi, I first discovered this site a few years ago, but never really participated on it. Looking back, it appears I only commented once or twice, saying something condescending about morality. Recently, I rediscovered the site, because I started noticing updates on a Facebook group (no longer) affiliated with it. What's funny is I only realized I had an account when I tried to register under the exact same User Name. I've started reading the sequences and am interested in participating in the discussions. I've thought intensely about certain topics since I was young, but I didn't really apply a scientific (or rationalist) approach to it until my Junior year of college, when I joined an Atheist community at my school. Many times, I see different sides to an issue. This isn't to say I stay on the fence for everything, but I understand most situations are complicated with at least some conflicting ideals. Looking forward to getting mercilessly pummeled when I say something irrational or factually incorrect.

Comment by prometheus on Morality should be Moral · 2013-05-24T06:50:11.132Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I would certainly have objection. I would just make sure my objection wasn't on the fragile grounds of moral objection. Moral objection is fragile because there is no collective or objective definition to it. Using subjective morals to object to it would be like making-up rules to a game you never asked to play with me.

Comment by prometheus on Improving Cryonics - Regulations and Ethical Considerations · 2013-05-21T05:45:15.824Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I don't see why some of you think it is vital to have a mentally-healthy participant. The purpose would be to achieve reanimation for the first time. Even if the person did attempt suicide afterward, the experiment would have by then be validated. As soon as reanimation was actually achieved, more participants would most likely follow. The true opponent of this, of course, is the illegality of suicide and the fact many cryogenic preservations are paid for by life insurance companies, who usually refuse suicide cases.

Comment by prometheus on Morality should be Moral · 2013-05-21T05:35:49.693Z · score: -2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I think this helps raise some elemental problems with morality in itself. I, myself, don't have a moral system, nor do I want one. I see a moral system as only worth having only if it is in some way useful to the individual. If it makes the person happy, for instance, or if it gives the person some blind sense of meaning or purpose. It might also be a source of peace and resolve to plunge forward in something, regardless of doubt, under the belief it is 'right'. It might also be useful to attempt to persuade and influence others by attacking their conscience or guilt complex. Even these uses, to me, however, seem disfunctional. I would prefer to see things as they are, devoid of moral abstractions, even if those moral ideas did cloud my mind with a false sense of rightousness or superiority. They also seem disfunctional regarding doing something "that's right", because it is better, to me, to have doubts and question one's actions instead of blindly acting under the guise of morality. They are also disfuntional if attempting to convert others to a moral system, as this system would also be clouded with a false sense of objective right or wrong, and could easily turn on the person who started it, if that person, according to the moral system's subjects, acted 'immorally'.