Artificially Intelligent

Any mimicry distinguishable from the original is insufficiently advanced.

  • 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...

  • Facts from ECB CH2, Chemical Components of Cells

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    Here are facts I found interesting from the second chapter of Essential Cell Biology. Chemical Bonds C, H, N, and O constitute 96% of any organism’s weight. Typical covalent bonds are stronger than thermal energies by a factor of 100. In living organisms, covalent bonds are only broken when in...

  • Transitioning Away From Veganism

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    About 6 months ago, I decided that in 2022 I would transition away from being strictly vegan into a flexible form of vegetarianism (where I put reasonable effort towards avoiding eggs and purchasing ethical egg offsets.) The reason there is a 6 month gap in the decision is because I...

  • Facts from Essential Cell Biology Chapter 1, Cells: The Fundamental Units of Life

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    Here are facts that I found interesting from the first chapter of Essential Cell Biology. Unity and Diversity of Cells Cells sizes vary from a few micrometers (Lactobacillus) to 1 millimeter (frog egg). Human brain nerve cells are 10,000x longer than they are thick. Evolution offers a compelling explanation for...

  • Insights from Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

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    Gawande’s Better is a well-written reflection on his career as a surgeon. Here are some things I learned (comments/caveats in brackets): Hospitals do a lot of work to try to make sure people don’t get infected while at the hospital. Despite this, hospital infection rates are very high [internet says...

  • Notes On SMILE Eye Surgery

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    Yesterday, I got SMILE corrective vision surgery. I found the experience interesting for a variety of ways. Here are some notes: You can see immediately after surgery. It looks like you’re looking through a grey film. I was able to order an Uber immediately after surgery with little problem (I...