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AI Capabilities are the growing abilities of AIs to act effectively in increasingly complex environments. It is often compared to to AI Alignment, which refers to efforts to ensure that these effective actions taken by AIs are also intended by the creators and beneficial to humanity.

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Posts relating to a series of analytical exercises framed as problems in a D&D style adventuring world.

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Omega, a perfect predictor, flips a coin. If ifit comes up tails Omega asks you for $100. If it comes up heads, Omega pays you $10,000 if it predicts that you would have paid if it had come up tails.

Good Explanations (Advice)

Removed this from the page itself now that talk pages exist:

[pre-talk-page note] I think this should maybe be merged with Distillation and Pedagogy – Ray

This Good Explanations (Advice)tag is for advice on how to write good explanations. 

[pre-talk-page note] I think this should maybe be merged with Distillation and Pedagogy – Ray

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The problem of the criterion is aan open problem in epistemology that creates epistemic circularity via the following loop:

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The problem of the criterion is a problem in epistemology that creates epistemic circularity via the following loop:

  • If you know something to be true, then it must satisfy some criterion of truth that you know
  • If you know the criterion of truth to be true, then it must satisfy the criterion of truth

The implication of the problem of the criterion is that knowledge cannot be well grounded with more knowledge or truth, and instead must be grounded in something else. Common approaches are to ground knowledge in self-consistency, in ungrounded assumptions, or in purpose.

The Problem of the Criterion

The problem of the criterion is an open problem in epistemology that creates epistemic circularity via the following loop:

  • If you know something to be true, then it must satisfy some criterion of truth that you know
  • If you know the criterion of truth to be true, then it must satisfy the criterion of truth

The implication of the problem of the criterion is that knowledge cannot be well grounded with more knowledge or truth, and instead must be grounded in something else. Common approaches are to ground knowledge in self-consistency, in ungrounded assumptions, or in purpose.

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Dark Arts is a colloquial term for techniques or methods which involve deception and/or manipulation of others or oneself into believing things for bad, i.e., non-truth-seeking reasons. These techniques may prey on human cognitive biases.