Artificially Intelligent

Any mimicry distinguishable from the original is insufficiently advanced.

  • 100 Opinions About Emotions

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    I was inspired by Jeffrey Ladish’s 100 Opinions on Nuclear War to write 100 opinions about emotions. This task was less interesting than I thought it would be, but introduced me to new ways of probing my opinions about things. I am also now relatively confident I can come up...

  • Be Perfect

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    (The law of equal and opposite advice applies in droves.) Caltech has a couple of strange traditions. One such the tradition are the houses, which are sort of like a mix of dorms and fraternities/sororities. New students spend their first two weeks “rotating” through the eight houses and getting a...

  • Review: Against the Grain

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    The original goal was to review Against the Grain by James Scott in the style of Scott Alexander (who has already reviewed this particular book). However, I soon found myself unequal to the task. Turns out writing is harder than I thought and that I’m not as good at writing...

  • These Are a Few of My Favorite Questions

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    Much of my progression as a thinking thing can be traced to internalizing questions that force rigor and care in thought and action. These are some that serve me well. Would this be a mistake? Sometimes, my bedtime approaches and I feel the urge to delay sleep to watch television....

  • Review: Assorted Snacks

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    I recently bought a bunch of snacks. While eating the snacks, I realized I had opinions about them. Japanese Peanuts The name of this snack confuses me. The description tells me these were invented by a Japanese immigrant living in Mexico. I am slightly less confused. These look like ovular...

  • Plans Never Err

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    I once tried to make sous vide mashed potatoes, where potatoes are cooked without introducing water. When I went to cook the potatoes, the sous vide machine broke. I boiled the potatoes instead, but I still added the same amount of butter as the original recipe called for. Since boiling...

  • Three Things I've Learned About Bayes' Rule

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    Bayes’ Rule is important to me in the same way that decision theory is important to me. It is a theoretical idea, a description of perfection that I perpetually attempt to approximate. As such, I spend a reasonable amount of time comparing my own thought processes to the Bayesian updates...

  • Stop Asking People To Maximize

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    When getting to know people, people sometimes ask “what’s your favorite <category>?” (where <category> can be books, movies, tv shows, colors, foods, etc.) This question is not computationally kind - it asks people to maximize over all items in <category> and pick the one that they like best. It forces...

  • Resonant Quotations

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    There is power in taking ideas seriously. The following quotations are phrases that capture ideas I take extremely seriously. On any given day, it is likely that I think at least one of them. In any given week, it is likely that I think all of them. Eliezer Yudkowsky There...

  • Contextualized Norms

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    There are certain questions you’re not supposed to ask; “do disabled people have less moral weight?”, “does gender correlate with intelligence?”, or “are certain races more prone to violence?” are some examples. People that lack social savviness are really confused by why they aren’t allowed to ask these questions. People...