Comment by zankerh on Becoming stronger together · 2017-07-13T09:48:00.566Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Sounds like you need to work on that time preference. Have you considered setting up an accountability system or self-blackmailing to make sure you're not having too much fun?

Comment by ZankerH on [deleted post] 2017-07-05T19:19:53.632Z

This is why anti-semitism exists.

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, June 26 - July 2, 2017 · 2017-06-29T09:27:52.889Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yes, with the possible exception of moral patients with a reasonable likelihood of becoming moral agents in the future.

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, June 26 - July 2, 2017 · 2017-06-27T12:17:54.876Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Meat tastes nice, and I don't view animals as moral agents.

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, June 5 - June 11, 2017 · 2017-06-05T17:46:32.654Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Define "optimal". Optimizing for the utility function of min(my effort), I could misuse more company resources to run random search on.

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, June 5 - June 11, 2017 · 2017-06-05T14:21:54.189Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

In which case, best I can do is 10 lines

MakeIntVar A
Inc A
Inc A
A=A+A
A=A*A
Inc A
A=A+A
A=A*A
Inc A
A=A+A
Comment by zankerh on Open thread, June 5 - June 11, 2017 · 2017-06-05T13:20:58.677Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Well, that does complicate things quite a bit. I threw those lines out of my algorithm generator and the frequency of valid programs generated dropped by ~4 orders of magnitude.

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, June 5 - June 11, 2017 · 2017-06-05T13:04:37.035Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Preliminary solution based on random search

MakeIntVar A
Inc A
Shl A, 5
Inc A
Inc A
A=A*A
Inc A
Shl A, 1

I've hit on a bunch of similar solutions, but 2 * (1 + 34^2) seems to be the common thread.

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, June 5 - June 11, 2017 · 2017-06-05T11:44:27.268Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Define "shortest". Least lines? Smallest file size? Least (characters * nats/char)?

Comment by zankerh on Stupid Questions May 2017 · 2017-04-27T07:48:12.725Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

My mental model of what could possibly drive someone to EA is too poor to answer this with any degree of accuracy. Speaking for myself, I see no reason why such information should have any influence on future human actions.

Comment by zankerh on The Ancient God Who Rules High School · 2017-04-06T08:53:29.459Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'd argue that this is not the case, since the vast majority of people who don't expect to be "clerks" still end up in similar positions.

Comment by zankerh on Metrics to evaluate a Presidency · 2017-01-24T13:06:51.571Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Is there any reason to think that % in prison "should" be more equal?

Since we're talking about optimizing for "equality" between two fundamentally unequal things, why not?

Are you saying having the same amount of men and women in prison would be detrimental to the enforcement of gender equality? How does that follow?

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, Jan. 16 - Jan. 22, 2016 · 2017-01-16T17:11:26.333Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Having actually lived under a regime that purported to "change human behaviour to be more in line with reality", my prior for such an attempt being made in good faith to begin with is accordingly low.

Attempts to change society invariably result in selection pressure for effectiveness outmatching those for honesty and benevolence. In a couple of generations, the only people left in charge are the kind of people you definitely wouldn't want in charge, unless you're the kind of person nobody wants in charge in the first place.

I'm thinking about locating specific centers of our brains and reducing certain activities which undoubtedly make us less aligned with reality and increase the activations of others.

This is the kind of thinking that, given a few years of unchecked power and primate group competition, leads to mass programs of rearranging people's brain centres with 15th century technology.

Why don't you spend some time instead thinking about how your forced rationality programme is going to avoid the pitfall all others so far fell into, megalomania and genocide? And why are you so sure your beliefs are the final and correct ones to force on everyone through brain manipulation? If we had the technology to enforce beliefs a few centuries ago, would you consider it a moral good to freeze the progress of human thought at that point? Because that's essentially what you're proposing from the point of view of all potential futures where you fail.

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, Oct. 10 - Oct. 16, 2016 · 2016-10-10T15:56:07.333Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Despair and dedicate your remaining lifespan to maximal hedonism.

Comment by zankerh on Open Thread, Aug. 22 - 28, 2016 · 2016-08-26T22:26:13.369Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

NRx is systematized hatred.

Am NRx, this assertion is false.

Comment by zankerh on Superintelligence via whole brain emulation · 2016-08-17T13:29:39.425Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Even if it kill all humans, it will be one human which will survive.

Unless it self-modifies to the point where you're stretching any meaningful definition of "human".

Even if his values will evolve it will be natural evolution of human values.

Again, for sufficiently broad definitions of "natural evolution".

As most human beings don't like to be alone, he would create new friends that is human simulations. So even worst cases are not as bad as paper clip maximiser.

If we're to believe Hanson, the first (and possibly only) wave of human em templates will be the most introvert workaholics we can find.

Comment by zankerh on My Custom Spelling Dictionary · 2016-04-25T09:17:15.257Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW
  • acausal
  • arational
  • agnonstic
  • Gnon
  • gnonstic
  • Moloch
  • outreact
  • postrational
  • postrationalist
  • underreact
Comment by zankerh on Open Thread April 11 - April 17, 2016 · 2016-04-11T23:25:08.903Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Two things:

  • all other points have a negative x coordinate, and the x range passed to the tessellation algorithm is [-124, -71]. You probably forgot the minus sign for that point's x coordinate.

  • as mentioned above, the algorithm fails to converge because the weights are poorly scaled. For a better graphical representation, you will want to scale them to the range between one and one half of the nearest point distance, but to make it run, just increase the division constant.

Comment by zankerh on Open Thread April 11 - April 17, 2016 · 2016-04-11T22:02:38.994Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

The range is specified by the box argument to the compute_2d_voronoi function, in form [[min_x, max_x], [min_y, max_y]]. Points and weights can be specified as 2d and 1d arrays, e.g., as np.array([[x1,y1], [x2, y2], [x3, y3], ..., [xn, yn]]) and np.array([w1, w2, w3, ..., wn]). Here's an example that takes specified points, and also allows you to plot point radii for debugging purposes: http://pastebin.com/h2fDLXRD

Comment by zankerh on Open Thread April 11 - April 17, 2016 · 2016-04-11T12:59:23.880Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

You can use the pyvoro library to compute weigted 2d voronoi diagrams, and the matplotlib library to display them. Here's a minimal working example with randomly generated data:

http://pastebin.com/wNaYAPvN

edit: It seems this library uses the radical voronoi tessellation algorithm, where "weights" represent point radii. This means if you specify a point radius greater than the distance between it and the closest point, the tessellation will not function correctly, and as a corollary, if a point's radius is smaller than half of the minimal distance between it and a neighbour, the specified weight will not affect the tessellation process. Therefore, you need a secondary algorithm that takes the point weights and mutual distances into account to produce the desired result here.

Comment by zankerh on Rationality Quotes April 2016 · 2016-04-07T12:10:28.047Z · score: 0 (4 votes) · LW · GW

A perfect example of a fully general counter-argument!

Comment by zankerh on Black box knowledge · 2016-03-05T00:02:25.227Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

humanity not extinct or suffering ->FAI black box -> humanity still not extinct or suffering

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, Nov. 16 - Nov. 22, 2015 · 2015-11-17T09:05:44.523Z · score: -2 (12 votes) · LW · GW

Donate most of your disposable income to MIRI.

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, Nov. 16 - Nov. 22, 2015 · 2015-11-17T08:57:55.664Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

In some sense it is voodoo (not very interpretable)

There is research in that direction, particularly in the field of visual object recognising convolutional networks. It is possible to interpret what a neural net is looking for.

http://yosinski.com/deepvis

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, Nov. 09 - Nov. 15, 2015 · 2015-11-10T23:19:15.589Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

*linear algebra computational graph engine with automatic gradient calculation

I really wonder how this will fit into the established deep learning software ecosystem - it has clear advantages over any single one of the large players (Theano, Torch, Caffee), but lacks the established community of any of them. As a researcher in the field, it's really frustrating that there is no standardisation and you essentially have to know a ton of software frameworks to effectively keep up with research, and I highly doubt Google entering the fray will change this.

https://xkcd.com/927/

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, Oct. 26 - Nov. 01, 2015 · 2015-10-28T17:32:57.743Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I need some calibration here. Is this satire?

Comment by zankerh on [Link]: KIC 8462852, aka WTF star, "the most mysterious star in our galaxy", ETI candidate, etc. · 2015-10-20T20:05:19.334Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Two things come to mind, providing energy or highly directional interstellar communication.

Comment by zankerh on [Link]: KIC 8462852, aka WTF star, "the most mysterious star in our galaxy", ETI candidate, etc. · 2015-10-20T09:34:40.648Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Frankly, both of those suggestions sound about equally ridiculous to me. But then again, it may just be scope insensitivity because of how minute both likelihoods are to begin with.

Comment by zankerh on Clothing is Hard (A Brief Adventure into my Inefficient Brain) · 2015-10-12T12:20:51.665Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Imagining the orientations as a series of rotations along individual, orthonormal basis axes, you may run into the problem of gimbal lock. Try visualising the desired final result as an orientation represented by a quaternion.

Comment by zankerh on Simulations Map: what is the most probable type of the simulation in which we live? · 2015-10-11T12:30:47.371Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

How do you know it isn't? Everything off the Earth could be a very simple simulation just designed to emit the right kind of EM radiation to look as if it's there. Likewise, large chunks of dead matter could easily be optimized away until a human interacts with them in sufficient detail. Other than your observation about classical physics, all your points are observations "from the inside" that could be optimized around without degrading our perception of the universe.

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, Oct. 5 - Oct. 11, 2015 · 2015-10-06T18:05:49.572Z · score: 0 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I definitely value it higher than the momentary high of getting to impose your values on others, which seems to be the opposite of the current US foreign policy.

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, Oct. 5 - Oct. 11, 2015 · 2015-10-06T18:04:39.120Z · score: 8 (16 votes) · LW · GW

I disapprove.

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, Oct. 5 - Oct. 11, 2015 · 2015-10-06T09:13:16.984Z · score: 2 (6 votes) · LW · GW

Speaking for myself, I find most of his contributions relevant and interesting.

Comment by zankerh on October 2015 Media Thread · 2015-10-04T08:04:32.354Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

How severe would you rate the horror aspect as? This seems interesting, but I absolutely couldn't handle Amnesia.

Comment by zankerh on Stupid Questions September 2015 · 2015-09-05T13:00:50.810Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

There's usually an informal standard that's large enough to represent a significant boost to a police officer's income, but small enough that it's worth it for most people to pay rather than risk more fines or worse. There's not much negotiation involved.

Comment by zankerh on Open Thread August 31 - September 6 · 2015-09-02T22:33:37.630Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

By giving me a persuasive reason to care about the subjective utility of people I can't ethnically identify with.

Comment by zankerh on Open Thread - Aug 24 - Aug 30 · 2015-08-28T22:12:40.253Z · score: 0 (10 votes) · LW · GW

If you're rational and you're in South Africa, why are you still in South Africa? How much do you value your life over the trivial inconvenience of moving?

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, Aug. 17 - Aug. 23, 2015 · 2015-08-23T08:27:09.148Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The bitcoin mining computations are pretty provably meaningless - all it is is looking for hash collisions. If you want examples of convincing millions of people to donate their computing power for meaningful computation, with no financial incentive, look at folding@home or rosetta@home.

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, Aug. 17 - Aug. 23, 2015 · 2015-08-17T08:23:16.846Z · score: 10 (10 votes) · LW · GW

I don't see why an unfriendly AGI would be significantly less likely to leave a trail of astronomical evidence of its existence than a friendly AI or an interstellar civilisation in general.

Comment by zankerh on Crazy Ideas Thread, Aug. 2015 · 2015-08-12T12:11:31.044Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Since we'd rather look at fit people than fat people, physical fitness has positive externalities, and should therefore be subsidised.

Since we'd rather look at people we can visually identify with than people we can't, ethnic segregation has positive externalities, and should therefore be subsidised.

Comment by zankerh on Open thread, Aug. 10 - Aug. 16, 2015 · 2015-08-10T17:12:51.289Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

This might have the side-effect of putting even more people off signing up for donation. Most people I've talked to about it who are opposed cite horror stories about doctors prematurely "giving up" on donors to get at their organs.

Comment by zankerh on Stupid Questions August 2015 · 2015-08-04T13:31:33.750Z · score: 1 (5 votes) · LW · GW

octopi

Octopuses / octopodes. It's greek, not latin.

Comment by zankerh on Ideological Turing Test Domains · 2015-08-02T16:14:51.206Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · LW · GW
  • SJW / NRX (or symmetric positions more towards the centre on both sides as appropriate)

  • Collectivism / individualism

  • Virtue ethics / consequentialism

Comment by zankerh on Stupid Questions August 2015 · 2015-08-02T07:12:02.049Z · score: 3 (9 votes) · LW · GW

As far as I can tell, in postmodern western value systems the idea isn't that they know better than Gnon, it's the idea that "principles derived from the collective evolutionary experiences of human survival" shouldn't matter in comparison to postmodern cultural sensibilities, and therefore it's worth expending effort to counter them as opposed to making use of them.

Comment by zankerh on Stupid Questions August 2015 · 2015-08-02T07:07:47.752Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

No way to know unless you measure its output spectrum, but as long as it's mostly IR, it shouldn't.

Question though, why would you do that? I don't see the difference between using this or applying any other heat source.

Comment by zankerh on Open Thread, Jul. 27 - Aug 02, 2015 · 2015-07-27T18:30:21.107Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

International agreements really have reduced to near-zero the usage of chemical warfare and landmines.

And yet the international community has failed to persecute those responsible for the one recent case of a government using chemical warfare to murder its citizens en masse - Syria. Plenty of governments still maintain extensive stockpiles of chemical weapons. Given the enforcement track-record, I'd say given being put in a similar situation to the Syrian government, they're more likely to use similar or harsher measures in the future.

If you outlaw something and then fail to enforce the law, it isn't worth the paper it's written on. How do you think the ban on autonomous weapons will be enforced if the USA, China or Russia unilaterally break it? It won't be.

Comment by zankerh on Open Thread, Jul. 20 - Jul. 26, 2015 · 2015-07-21T07:11:03.611Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'd be interested in your take on the topic.

Comment by zankerh on Bragging Thread July 2015 · 2015-07-13T23:04:26.365Z · score: 31 (31 votes) · LW · GW

I've submitted for peer review the first research paper of which I'm the principal author.

Comment by zankerh on Open Thread, Jul. 6 - Jul. 12, 2015 · 2015-07-11T11:59:38.767Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

According to my reading of the license it should be fine to sell images (generate an artwork and sell it); as long as you don't try to sell the code to anyone.

Even then, Google published enough research papers on the topic that it's trivial to reverse-engineer and write your own program to do the same thing - in fact, several people have done it already.

Comment by zankerh on July 2015 Media Thread · 2015-07-03T20:00:03.339Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Significant Digits is a continuation / meta-fanfic of HPMOR, and one of the better ones at that.

The wave function is real [LINK]

2012-05-09T15:05:49.260Z · score: 0 (7 votes)

Bayesian Minesweeper

2011-09-20T00:43:15.482Z · score: 2 (7 votes)