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For every token, model activations are computed once when the token is encountered and then never explicitly revised -> "only [seems like it] goes in one direction"

with the only recursive element of its thought being that it can pass 16 bits to its next running

I would name activations for all previous tokens as the relevant "element of thought" here that gets passed, and this can be gigabytes.

From how the quote looks, I think his gripe is with the possibility of in-context learning, where human-like learning happens without anything about how the network works (neither its weights nor previous token states) being ostensibly updated.

Among them, one I found especially peculiar is that I distinctly started feeling some sort of sensations outside of my body.

I had this, and it lasted for a year after the retreat. I also found that there's a strong tendency for the sensations to happen in the area you described.

I could feel sensations substantially outside of the area accessible to my hands too, but they were a bit more difficult to feel. They could correspond to priors for tactile-like affordances for objects at a distance (e.g. graspability of a cup, or speed of a fast-moving vehicle) that are readily constructed by ordinary perception.

I thought a bit about datasets before and to me it seems like what needs collecting most is detailed personal preference datasets. E.g. input-output examples of how you generally prefer information to be filtered, processed, communicated to you, refined with your inputs; what are your success criteria for tasks, where are the places in your day flow / thought flow where the thing needs to actively intervene and correct you. Especially in those places where you feel you can benefit from cognitive extensions most, based on your bottlenecks. It could initially be too hard to infer from screen logs alone.

Random idea about preventing model stealing. After finetuning a mixture of experts model with your magic sauce, place the trained experts on geographically distinct servers with heterogeneous tech stacks and security systems to avoid common vulnerabilities. Horcrux vibes

Vaguely related paper: Self-Destructing Models: Increasing the Costs of Harmful Dual Uses in Foundation Models is an early attempt to prevent models from being re-purposed via fine-tuning.

It doesn't seem like a meaningfully positive result. For example, all their plots only track finetuning on up to 200 examples. I imagine they might have even had clear negative results in conditions with >200 examples available for finetuning. After 50-100 examples, the gap between normal finetuning and finetuning from random init, even though still small, grows fast. There are also no plots with x-axis = finetuning iterations. When they optimize for "non-finetunability", they don't aim to maintain the language modeling performance, instead, they only impose the constraint of "maintaining finetunability" on one downstream "professions detection task".

I expect naive solutions to continue to work very poorly on this problem.

I think "on most cognitive tasks" means for an AGI its t is defined as the first t for which it meets the expert level at most tasks. However, what exactly counts as a cognitive task does seem to introduce ambiguity and would be cool to clarify, e.g. by pointing to a clear protocol for sampling all such task descriptions from an LLM.

Several-months-AGI is required to be coherent in the sense of coherence defined with human experts today. I think this is pretty distinct from coherence that humans were being optimized to have before behavioral modernity (50K years ago).

I agree that evolution optimized hard for some kind of coherence, like persistent self-schema, attitudes, emotional and behavioral patterns, attachments, long-term memory access. But what humans have going for them is the combination of this prior coherence and just 50K years of evolution after humans unlocked access to the abstract thinking toolkit. I don't think we can expect it to enable much in terms of to the ability to coherently plan to do complex tasks or to the ability to write and reason abstractly.

This makes me think humans struggling at coherence is not good evidence for building agents with large t being much more difficult compared to small t: there wasn't enough optimization pressure.

on most cognitive tasks, it beats most human experts

I think this specifies both thresholds to be 50%.

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