Artificially Intelligent

Any mimicry distinguishable from the original is insufficiently advanced.

  • Maslow First and the World Second

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    Saul McLeod: Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory in psychology comprising a five-tier model of human needs, often depicted as hierarchical levels within a pyramid. From the bottom of the hierarchy upwards, the needs are: physiological (food and clothing), safety (job security), love and belonging needs (friendship), esteem,...

  • How Simulacra Levels Increase

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    Simulacra levels are an important and confusing concept. The concept itself is described reasonably well by the posts here. I’ve given my list of examples here. However, none of the descriptions I’ve read give a good explanation of why simulacra levels tend to rise. I now understand this process better...

  • Seriously, the Map is Not the Territory

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    The quotation is not the referent. “Snow is white “ is true if and only if snow is white. A model of reality is not reality. A prediction about what is going to happen is different from what actually happens. What you expect about reality is not reality. Your feelings...

  • Some People Are Smarter Than You

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    Alice proposes a plan. Bob points out a flaw in the plan. However, Alice had already considered that flaw and thinks the plan is good despite the flaw (maybe the flaw doesn’t exist, maybe the second-best plan has an even worse flaw, etc.) If Bob thought for a few minutes,...

  • Coincidences are Improbable

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    Ada Palmer: events which are improbable and proximal are likely to have a causal link I usually feel fine after eating food. One day, I decided to try a new dish at a restaurant. Afterward, my stomach is upset. I suspect that the new dish caused my stomachache. How justified...

  • Be Reliable

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    If a person is reliable, you can predict what they will do, and you believe those actions will be good. A reliable employee will show up to work on time and do their job well. A reliable employer will not fire you without advanced notice, engage in unethical business practice,...

  • Definitions and Examples of Simulacra Levels

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    Simulacrum levels are an important framework for thinking about the world. Better explanations have been written by better people on better websites. This post is a collection of definitions and examples. All those without attributions are my own. Definitions Baudrillard It is the reflection of a profound reality. It masks...

  • Be Specific About Your Career

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    Alice is trying to maximize the impact of her career. She is deciding between biosecurity research and building the effective altruism community (meta-EA). As far as she can tell, her fit is about the same for both paths. She attempts to decide between them by zooming out. What cause has...

  • Money Can't (Easily) Buy Talent

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    Key Takeaways Arguments for earning to give (EtG) as an impactful career have a simplified conception of the market for talent. Assuming a functioning market, I argue there are many forces pushing the price of talent upwards. I also argue that the market for talent is dysfunctional and buying talent...

  • Interpolate Claims (Un)charitably

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    The principle of charity requires interpreting the speaker’s claims in the strongest possible light. This principle is ambiguous. If I say “money can’t buy happiness,” the truest version is vacuous: “there is no way to convert money directly into happiness”. More nuanced notions of strength are context-dependent; “strongest possible light”...