Artificially Intelligent

Any mimicry distinguishable from the original is insufficiently advanced.

  • Facts from ECB CH5: DNA and Chromosomes

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    The Structure of Eukaryotic Chromosomes human cells contain 2 meters of DNA the human cell nucleus is only 5–8 μm in diameter packaging of DNA is accomplished with specialized proteins that bind and fold. This generates a series of coils and loops that provide high levels of organization bacteria have...

  • 'Dropping out' isn't a Plan

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    The following career-choice diagram looks silly: “Go into finance” is a career plan; “Don’t go into finance” is the absence of a plan, so it shouldn’t be a choice-node. It makes more sense for the diagram to look like: Similarly, many people seem to implicitly use something like the following...

  • On London

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    I recently had the occasion to wander around London with no particular goal. As I was talking, I found myself composing a profile of the town, as one might see in a travel guide. I enjoyed the act of composition, so I continued. Here it is, written down. The first...

  • Four Perspectives on Small Donors in EA

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    Various grantmakers in effective altruism possess billions of dollars and have dozens of full-time staff for evaluating grants. In such an ecosystem, donors with tens of thousands of dollars to donate each year seem like they don’t have much to contribute. Here are four plausible donation strategies: Funge with large...

  • Comparing Utilitarianism to Deontology is a Type Error

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    The colloquial interpretation of deontology and virtue ethics are instructions for being a good person. Deontology says: don’t do anything on this list of bad things, and you’ll be a good person. Virtue ethics says: don’t do anything that violates your heart’s sense of what is right and just, and...

  • When Learning a Skill Has Costs

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    Status: shortform There’s an argument that people sometimes make that goes: “learning how to lie is bad because then people can’t really trust your word anymore.” I think this is at least somewhat true, but I think it’s interesting why it’s true The key question is going to be “once...

  • Facts from ECB CH4: Protein Structure and Function

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    Note: one of the main things I understood better from reading this chapter is how much faster smaller things are than big things. Water molecules at room temperature are moving at roughtly 590 m/s. Enzymes are catalyzing roughly 1000 reactions a second. A cell uses millions of ATP per second....

  • Removing My Bets Page

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    I am removing my bets page because making bets isn’t a central enough part of my life to display it so prominantly. This is a copy of the state when I took it down. I strive to take beliefs seriously. One way of doing this is betting on your beliefs....

  • Advice I Commonly Give People New To Alignment

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    Epistemic status: I am very junior and have very little idea of what I’m talking about, which still might be enough to make this worth reading. I often find myself talking to people who want to get more surface area on what it’s like to be an alignment researcher, how...

  • Facts from ECB CH3, Energy, Catalysis, and Biosynthesis

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    Here are some facts I found interesting from the third chapter of Essential Cell Biology. The Use of Energy by Cells Metabolism might be defined as the sum total of all the chemical reactions an organism needs to carry out to survive and reproduce. Catabolic pathway breaks down food into...