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by rmoehn10th Nov 201913 comments
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Stopped updating the Prediced AI alignment event/meeting calendar, as apparently there is no interest in it and I've left AI alignment.

Updated the Prediced AI alignment event/meeting calendar.

Main changes:

  • Events in the first half of this year moved to cyberspace due to COVID-19.
  • Including Web Technical AI Safety Unconference.
  • The paper submission deadline for WAISE is now public.

Updated the Prediced AI alignment event/meeting calendar.

Many changes this time – it's worth checking out.

Updated the Prediced AI alignment event/meeting calendar.

Main change: Deadline for SafeAI workshop corrected to November from December.

How about an app that trains you not to touch your face?

Point your phone's camera or a webcam at yourself while you're working. The app produces a beep whenever you move your hand near your face.

Technically feasible, I'd say. Someone familiar with iOS/Android computer vision APIs should be able to put it together in a few days.

Kai Faust (not sure if he has an account here) has already developed a prototype desktop application (cross-platform via Electron) for this.

I also posted this on the Coronavirus Open Thread: https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/ACyGvQchWzGjGkKgS/coronavirus-open-thread#5PzDF9hZycna4DiHe And Elizabeth points out that there's a website that does it: https://donottouchyourface.com/ I bet it'll give me a good startle some time today.

Updated the Predicted AI alignment event/meeting calendar.

  • Application deadline for the AI Safety Camp Toronto extended. If you've missed it so far, you still have until 19th to apply.
  • Apparently no AI alignment workshop at ICLR, but another somewhat related one.

CAVEAT: If you have symptoms such as snoring, excessive day-time sleepiness, need for rapid breathing after waking up etc., don't rely on putting a phone on your belly; go to a doctor.

Smartphone for monitoring breathing during naps… With apps such as SensorLog for iPhone or phyphox for Android you can log the pitch angle (angle between the long axis and horizontal) of your smartphone. Before a nap, turn on logging and place one end of the phone on your hip bone, the other on your belly. Afterwards you can examine your breathing pattern by looking at the pitch-over-time curve.

I've used this as a quick-and-dirty test for sleep apnea without having to buy an expensive respiration belt or going through the hassle of a sleep nap. Note that my worry about sleep apnea is mostly hypochondriac and founded on sometimes violent sleep phenomena. See the caveat above.

To check for sleep apnea, you can borrow from doctor a sensor for one night. You attach the sensor to your finger, and it measures... something... during the night. The next morning the doctor uploads the data to computer and tells you how serious it is; you will see the graph of oxygen level in your blood during the night.

If it turns out you do have sleep apnea, one interesting solution is Velumount. If the reason for apnea is that the... thing in your throat... is blocking the airways when you sleep, the "so simple it shocks you" solution is to stick a wire into your throat each night to keep the airways open. It's a lot of "fun" when you learn to do it without vomiting, heh, but then it works like magic; no surgery or electric device needed.

That's great information that one doesn't have to go to a sleep lab anymore! The sensor test sounds like something I'd want to do even with my low expectation of having sleep apnea.

The Velumount is a nice device – I think one of my friends has one. Snoring, however, isn't my problem. My throat is still young and springy. I was thinking more of central sleep apnea, which has a much lower base rate.