Ben Pace

I'm an admin of this site; I work full-time on trying to help people on LessWrong refine the art of human rationality.

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AI Alignment Writing Day 2019
Transcript of Eric Weinstein / Peter Thiel Conversation
AI Alignment Writing Day 2018
Share Models, Not Beliefs


There’s no such thing as a tree (phylogenetically)

Curated. This is a dope post, I really enjoyed boggling at the evolution of trees with you for five minutes. I'd love to read more posts like this.

MIRI location optimization (and related topics) discussion

Yeah. I think I'd currently also be willing to 2x my current rent to be able to sustain this level of weather relative to e.g. Manchester (where I grew up).

MIRI location optimization (and related topics) discussion

Sunlight changes my mood pretty significantly, and I’d definitely be sad to move to Seattle for this reason. Though it wouldn’t be a dealbreaker for me.

MIRI location optimization (and related topics) discussion

I’m curious for examples of properties that were ruled out and why.

MIRI location optimization (and related topics) discussion

This is a great comment, thanks. (Other people doing comments in this style would also be pretty great.)

My Journey to the Dark Side

A bunch of parts of civilization have nice barriers around them, and if you step outside of them you're at sea in a storm with no idea what's coming next. They tried to be disruptive+scary by chaining their car to an entrance way, and then suddenly there were kids involved and police with guns and helicopters. 

Step outside of the barriers at your own peril. I'm not saying that the barriers are just, but your life is more stable and easier-to-predict when you stay inside of them. And don't go outside of them if you're incompetent.

[Lecture Club] Awakening from the Meaning Crisis

I think laying out your thoughts on this would make a great top-level post. Starting from your comments here and then adding a bit more detail.

Your Dog is Even Smarter Than You Think

I watched the first two videos and was kinda shocked. I could see the dog thinking. Like, it stopped, was slow, then made a deliberate choice to click certain words. It was not something I believed a dog could do. I feel way more like I could chat with a dog. I have a bunch more empathy for dogs too now.

I think there’s a fair chance that somehow this is a mistake / a fluke, but have now visualized the world where it’s not, and it’s really cool.

(Thanks for the post! You may be interested in this other post on dogs that also increased my respect for them.)

AMA: Paul Christiano, alignment researcher


(If both parties are interested in that debate I’m more than happy to organize it in whatever medium and do any work like record+transcripts or book an in-person event space.)

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