Isaac Poulton


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this should show up as a completely dark sphere in the universe

Which, notably, we do see (ötes_void). Though they don't conflict with our models of how the universe would end up naturally.

100% this. Some optimists make money, some get scammed.

Reporting back two weeks later: my phone usage is down about 25%, but that's within my usual variance. If there's an effect, it's small enough to not be immediately obvious, and would need some more data to get anything resembling a low p-value.

Anecdotally, though, I'm quite liking having my phone on "almost-greyscale" (chromatic reading mode on my OnePlus phone). When I have to turn it off, the colours feel overwhelming. It also feels like it encourages me to focus on the real world, rather than staring at my phone in a public place.

Interesting. Complete greyscale sounds like a lot of hassle, but I'm going to try turning the contrast on my phone down to nearly zero and see if I notice any difference.

I'm curious about your reasons for making your monitors greyscale. What are the benefits of that for you?

If I'm not mistaken (and I'm not a biologist so I might be), alcohol mainly impacts the brain's system 2, leaving system 1 relatively intact. That lines up well with this post.

If EfficientZero-9000 is using 10,000 times the energy of John von Neumann, and thinks 1,000 times faster, it's actually actually 10 times less energy efficient.

The point of this post is that there is some small amount of evidence that you can't make a computer think significantly faster, or better, than a brain without potentially critical trade offs.

I don't agree with Eliezer here. I don't think we have a deep enough understanding of consciousness to make confident predictions about what is and isn't conscious beyond "most humans are probably conscious sometimes".

The hypothesis that consciousness is an emergent property of certain algorithms is plausible, but only that.

If that turns out to be the case, then whether or not humans, GPT-3, or sufficiently large books are capable of consciousness depends on the details of the requirements of the algorithm.

If I'm not mistaken, that book is behaviourally equivalent to the original algorithm but is not the same algorithm. From an outside view, they have different computational complexity. There are a number of different ways of defining program equivalence, but equivalence is different from identity. A is equivalent to B doesn't mean A is B.

See also: Chinese Room Problem

While it's important to bear in mind the possibility that you're not as below average as you think, I don't know your case so I will assume you're correct in your assessment.

Perhaps give up on online dating. "Offline" dating is significantly more forgiving than online.

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