Artificially Intelligent

Any mimicry distinguishable from the original is insufficiently advanced.

  • These Legal Systems Do Not Exist

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    Inspired by Legal Systems Very Different From Ours, Because I Just Made Them Up I The people of Edent do not know if they are good. This is not unusual; many people do not know if they are good people or not. However, the people of Edent also believe in...

  • AI Safety FAQs

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    Disclaimer: This represents nothing more and nothing less than what a single person thinks about a complicated topic. What is AI Safety? To help frame this question, we’re going to first answer the dual question of “what is Cybersecurity?” As a concept, Cybersecurity is the idea that questions like “is...

  • Be Stupid

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    There is a type of person that is very concerned with the appearance of intelligence. This person might use a lot of large words that people don’t understand, talk a lot about complicated philosophical theories, and be overly concerned with injecting nuance. For example, when asked to give opinions about...

  • 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 thought processes to the Bayesian updates that...