Comment by Stuart Buck (stuart-buck) on "AI Alignment" is a Dangerously Overloaded Term · 2023-12-15T21:55:42.404Z · LW · GW

I said on Twitter a while back that much of the discussion about "alignment" seems vacuous. After all, alignment to what? 

  • The designer's intent? Often that is precisely the problem with software. It does exactly and literally what the designer programmed, however shortsighted. Plus, some designers may themselves be malevolent. 
  • Aligned with human values? One of the most universal human values is tribalism, including willingness to oppress or kill the outgroup. 
  • Aligned with "doing good things"? Whose definition of "good"? 
Comment by Stuart Buck (stuart-buck) on Will releasing the weights of large language models grant widespread access to pandemic agents? · 2023-10-31T01:11:03.317Z · LW · GW

My reaction on Twitter:

Comment by Stuart Buck (stuart-buck) on Thoughts on the Singularity Institute (SI) · 2023-04-26T01:34:16.975Z · LW · GW

This post seems even more relevant and true now, in 2023. 

Comment by Stuart Buck (stuart-buck) on Shutting down AI is not enough. We need to destroy all technology. · 2023-04-02T00:33:31.234Z · LW · GW

This makes as much as sense (probably more) than anything Eliezer has said recently...

Comment by Stuart Buck (stuart-buck) on Ideal governance (for companies, countries and more) · 2022-04-22T12:55:08.585Z · LW · GW

Here's an interesting example of a fairly unique governance arrangement:

Comment by Stuart Buck (stuart-buck) on Ideal governance (for companies, countries and more) · 2022-04-07T23:23:26.904Z · LW · GW

Ostrom is great, obviously. In fact, I forgot how thoroughly I summarized a good bit of that literature in a 2001 piece:

Comment by Stuart Buck (stuart-buck) on Ideal governance (for companies, countries and more) · 2022-04-05T19:48:26.635Z · LW · GW

I recently stumbled across a sociology classic of sorts: Paul J. DiMaggio and Walter W. Powell, "The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational Fields" (American Sociological Review, 1983).

"We ask...why there is such startling homogeneity of organizational forms and practices." 

The main answer: "We identify three mechanisms through which institutional isomorphic change occurs...: 1) coercive isomorphism that stems from political influence and the problem of legitimacy; 2) mimetic isomorphism resulting from standard responses to uncertainty; and 3) normative isomorphism, associated with professionalization."