Cole Wyeth

I am a PhD student in computer science at the University of Waterloo. 

My current research is related to Kolmogorov complexity. Sometimes I build robots, professionally or otherwise.

See my personal website for an overview of my interests.


Deliberative Algorithms as Scaffolding

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It is probably possible to make some form of scaffolding work, I'm just skeptical that it's going to be as effective as training an agent directly. Depending on timelines, scaffolding might still feed progress towards superintelligence. 

One could hook up a language model to decide what to visualize, Sora to generate visualizations, and a vision model to extract outcomes. 
This seems like around 40% of what intelligence is - the only thing I don't really see is how reward should be "plugged in," but there may be naive ways to set goals. 

this is mind blowing. When it works it's crazy, even the "glitches" are bizarre like the real world were a slightly broken video game.

Remarkably long context window can process many tokens, but can it process the token safety discussion ;)

Yes, this is a good point. Confidence in delegation is probably a panic reducing factor. In a way delegating to one's future self can be viewed as a special case.

I don't mean to imply that levels of planning are objective. I think that solving math problems usually has relatively few levels of planning involved, but requires domain specific competency and a pretty high level of fluid intelligence. Also, the levels of planning required depends on the person - at a low level of mathematical maturity, each recursive level of chasing definitions might feel like a level of planning, though for me "chasing definitions" is itself effectively one step. I do think that in mathematics it can be easier to compartmentalize the levels of planning, which perhaps is one of a combination of factors that makes me good at it. This note is probably worth adding to the post, thank you.

I did not that executives who don't panic at many levels of planning can still fail because they lack domain specific competency. Difficulty and levels of planning are not identical. 

I like this idea, can I DM you about the research frontier?

This is an extensive list, I'll return to it when I have a bit more experience with the area.

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