So many people have bought into the “Don’t worry about it” syndrome as a case of pretending to be wise, that I have become more pessimistic about humanity correctly responding to global catastrophic risks in the future.

See also this story which gives another view of what happened:

Most importantly, Italy looked at the example of China, Ms. Zampa said, not as a practical warning, but as a “science fiction movie that had nothing to do with us.” And when the virus exploded, Europe, she said, “looked at us the same way we looked at China.”

BTW can you say

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Matthew Barnett's Shortform

by Matthew Barnett 1 min read9th Aug 2019174 comments

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Crossposted from the AI Alignment Forum. May contain more technical jargon than usual.

I intend to use my shortform feed for two purposes:

1. To post thoughts that I think are worth sharing that I can then reference in the future in order to explain some belief or opinion I have.

2. To post half-finished thoughts about the math or computer science thing I'm learning at the moment. These might be slightly boring and for that I apologize.