[SEQ RERUN] Failure By Affective Analogy

by MinibearRex1 min read31st Oct 20121 comment

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Today's post, Failure By Affective Analogy was originally published on 18 November 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):

 

Making analogies to things that have positive or negative connotations is an even better way to make sure you fail.


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For this much I do know - if I don't know that my AI design will work, it won't.

Well, that's obviously not so - the design isn't changed when you complete your proof. I suppose this should be taken to mean, "If I don't know that my AI design will work, the chances of its working are low enough to be negligible"?