Less Wrong link exchange

by FiftyTwo1 min read2nd Nov 201115 comments


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We've had similar threads before, but not for a while so I thought I'd make one. 


Basic rules, share links that are relevant to Less Wrong areas of interest, but aren't worthy of their own post. Please include a brief description with the link. (My own contributions are below.)

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Nate Silver on Herman Cain and the hubris of experts. Not really about politics in the mind-killing sense, but about uncertainty and overconfidence in political predictions. Both peter-hurford and me quoted from it on the monthly quotes thread.

It's a solid article just from its political science analysis; I obviously also recommend it.

So, first post in LW!

New TED Talks video about the role of Bayesian inference in controlling human movement: http://www.ted.com/talks/daniel_wolpert_the_real_reason_for_brains.html

Welcome! You should officially say hello; it's free karma.

thx, just said a nice hello!

BBC News: Signs of ageing halted in the lab

The onset of wrinkles, muscle wasting and cataracts has been delayed and even eliminated in mice, say researchers in the US. The study, published in Nature, focused on what are known as "senescent cells". They stop dividing into new cells and have an important role in preventing tumours from progressing.

http://ai-class.syavash.com/naivebayes Someone in Norvig and Thrun's AI class made a bayesian classifier with laplacian smoothing. It shows you the complete equations generated and lets you set the text to classify, text in each training set, and smoothing parameter; so it's a great tool for direct instruction.

Cracked (humour website) on logical fallacies and cognitive biases.


Most of which should be familiar but good example of presenting these ideas in a readable style. Might be a useful resource to point people to who would be put off by the style here.

This actually got its own post a few days ago.

The Guardian (prominent UK newspaper) on friendly (or otherwise) artificial general intelligence.

Interesting because its a 'popular culture' look at the basics of AI we might consider fairly basic. Might be a bit sensationalist, the tagline is "AI scientists want to make gods. Should that worry us? - Singularitarians believe artificial intelligence will be humanity's saviour. But they also assume AI entities will be benevolent"

[-][anonymous]10y 8

What a disheartening article. The whole thing can be summed up with a quote from Three Major Singularity Schools:

Hey, man, have you heard? There’s this bunch of, like, crazy nerds out there, who think that some kind of unspecified huge nerd thing is going to happen. What a bunch of wackos! It’s geek religion, man.

Reading this article and the comments section really drove home how important rationality skills are when thinking about the future.

Agreed. I hope you (and other LW people) contribute to the discussion to try and correct some of these misconceptions.

It is an important reminder of how strange and scary these ideas seem at first glance and the inferential distances involved.

How would you estimate the percentage of LWers in the Singularitarian movement? Maybe most Singularitarians really are that clueless.

If you google Singularitarian, the obsolete singularitarian principles document on yudowsky.net is the second link. It would be good if the obsolete notice steered the reader to more current sources including LessWrong.

A nice A.I. themed movie for those who've never seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn0cz7vYOcc all 10 parts on youtube