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Apply to the ML for Alignment Bootcamp (MLAB) in Berkeley [Jan 3 - Jan 22]

Do you mean that if one would like to go to such a bootcamp but thinks they won't be able to get visa in time, they should apply now to get invited to a future cohort?

Apply now -- there's a question at the end asking if you're interested in future cohorts. And you can say in the final textbox that you're not available for Round 1. 

Whole Brain Emulation: No Progress on C. elgans After 10 Years

You could imagine an experimental designs where you train worms to accomplish a particular task (i.e. learn which scent means food. If indeed they use scent. I don't know.) You then upload both trained and untrained worms. If trained uploads perform better from the get-go than untrained ones, it's some evidence it's the same worm. To make it more granular there's a lot of learning tasks from behavioural neuroscience you could adapt. 

You could also do single neuron studies: train the worm on some task, find a neuron that seems to correspond to a particular abstraction. Upload worm; check that the neuron still corresponds to the abstraction. 

Or ablation studies: you selectively impair certain neurons in the live trained worm, uploaded worm, and control worms, in a way that causes the same behaviour change only in the target individual.   

Or you can get causal evidence via optogenetics

Why not tool AI?

Jaan/Holden convo link is broken :(

($1000 bounty) How effective are marginal vaccine doses against the covid delta variant?

Following up: as a result of this thread, radvac will likely get a $100k donation (from a donor who was not considering them before). This does not fill their funding needs however, and they're looking to raise another $300k this year. 

For any interested funders, PM me and I can share detailed call notes. 

($1000 bounty) How effective are marginal vaccine doses against the covid delta variant?

I'll pay at least $75 for this comment. If nothing else, alerting me to RaDVaC's funding gap is clearly worth that much. I think it offered some interesting considerations beyond that. E.g. the search term polyethylene glycol seems useful, though I haven't looked into it much at all and definitely don't have strong models of that domain. 

(I also think the fact that this comment bundled together a lot of different arguments and considerations caused the karma to take a downward hit.)

($1000 bounty) How effective are marginal vaccine doses against the covid delta variant?

I'll pay at least $150 $100 for this, might increase later. And yes, it will go to John if he accepts it. 

($1000 bounty) How effective are marginal vaccine doses against the covid delta variant?

Thanks for signal-boosting, I had missed this. I'll pay at least $300 for it. (The fact that it already had been written 12 days ago seems like a point in its favour!)

($1000 bounty) How effective are marginal vaccine doses against the covid delta variant?

Do you know which, if any, risk-reducing precautions they were following? 

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