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Jaan Tallinn's 2021 Philanthropy Overview

sure, this is always a consideration. i'd even claim that the "wait.. what about the negative side effects?" question is a potential expected value spoiler for pretty much all longtermist interventions (because they often aim for effects that are multiple causal steps down the road), and as such not really specific to software.

Create a prediction market in two minutes on Manifold Markets

great idea! since my metamed days i’ve been wishing there was a prediction market for personal medical outcomes — it feels like manifold mechanism might be a good fit for this (eg, at the extreme end, consider the “will this be my last market if i undertake the surgery X at Y?” question). should you decide to develop such aspect at one point, i’d be very interested in supporting/subsidising.

3Austin Chen5mo
Yes, that's absolutely the kind of prediction market we'd love to enable at Manifold! I'd love to chat more about specifically the personal medical use case, and we'd already been considering applying to SFF -- let's get in touch (I'm
Biology-Inspired AGI Timelines: The Trick That Never Works

actually, the premise of david brin’s existence is a close match to moravec’s paragraph (not a coincidence, i bet, given that david hung around similar circles).

[Linkpost] Chinese government's guidelines on AI

confirmed. as far as i can tell (i’ve talked to him for about 2h in total) yi really seems to care, and i’m really impressed by his ability to influence such official documents.

Soares, Tallinn, and Yudkowsky discuss AGI cognition

indeed, i even gave a talk almost a decade ago about the evolution:humans :: humans:AGI symmetry (see below)!

what confuses me though is that "is general reasoner" and "can support cultural evolution" properties seemed to emerge pretty much simultaneously in humans -- a coincidence that requires its own explanation (or dissolution). furthermore, eliezer seems to think that the former property is much more important / discontinuity causing than the latter. and, indeed, outsized progress being made by individual human reasoners (scientists/inventors/etc.) see... (read more)

1Gram Stone7mo
If information is 'transmitted' by modified environments and conspecifics biasing individual search, marginal fitness returns on individual learning ability increase, while from the outside it looks just like 'cultural 'evolution.''
4Vanessa Kosoy7mo
I think that these properties encourage each other's evolution. When you're a more general reasoner, you have a bigger hypothesis space, specifying a hypothesis requires more information, so you also benefit more from transmitting information. Conversely, once you can transmit information, general reasoning becomes much more useful since you effectively have access to much bigger datasets.
David Deutsch (in The Beginning of Infinity) argues, as I recall, that they're basically the same faculty. In order to copy someone else / "carry on a tradition", you need to model what they're doing (so that you can copy it), and similarly for originators to tell whether students are correctly carrying on the tradition. The main thing that's interesting about his explanation is how he explains the development of general reasoning capacity, which we now think of as a tradition-breaking faculty, in the midst of tradition-promoting selection. If you buy that story, it ends up being another example of treacherous turn from human history (where individual thinkers, operating faster than cultural evolution, started pursuing their own values).
How To Get Into Independent Research On Alignment/Agency

amazing post! scaling up the community of independent alignment researchers sounds like one of the most robust ways to convert money into relevant insights.

Can you control the past?

indeed they are now. retrocausality in action? :)

Jaan Tallinn's 2020 Philanthropy Overview

well, i've always considered human life extension as less important than "civilisation's life extension" (ie, xrisk reduction). still, they're both very important causes, and i'm happy to support both, especially given that they don't compete much for talent. as for the LRI specifically, i believe they simply haven't applied to more recent SFF grant rounds.