Artificially Intelligent

Any mimicry distinguishable from the original is insufficiently advanced.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • What I Want To Do With My Life

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    Sometimes, people ask me what I want to do with my life. Usually, I say something like “I dunno, currently deciding between industry and grad school.” This answer is not technically false, but it is not the whole truth either. The first deception is that my answer doesn’t answer the...

  • In My Culture

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    Background reading: In My Culture. In my culture, people say what they mean. If we’re deciding what to get for dinner and you say you don’t care, everyone will act as if you literally don’t care. They will decide where to go to dinner and you will be expected to...