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Meetup : Cambridge, MA Sunday meetup: Lightning Talks

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Meetup : Cambridge/Boston Less Wrong: Planning 2017

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Meetup : Boston Secular Solstice

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Meetup : Cambridge, MA Sunday meetup: The Contrarian Positions Game

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Rationality Cardinality

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Research Priorities for Artificial Intelligence: An Open Letter

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Petrov Day is September 26

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Three Parables of Microeconomics

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Many (though not all) of the images are broken links right now. Could we get them re-uploaded somewhere else?

If he's a neural net, this is likely an obstacle to any attempts to simplify out parts of him; those parts would still be contributing to the result, it's just that within the test input domain those contributions would look like noise.

In general: if a circuit implements a prediction problem that sometimes but doesn't always require simulating an agent, and if that agent is capable of making itself implement the identity function for interesting subsets of its inputs, then it can potentially show up as a daemon for any input that ...(read more)

> Can the smallest [boolean circuit](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boolean_circuit) that solves a problem be a daemon? For example, can the smallest circuit that predicts my behavior (at some level of accuracy) be a daemon?

Yes. Consider a predictor that predicts what Paul will say if given an inpu...(read more)

I think this might not be possible.

Per Wikipedia's [list of most distant astronomical objects](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_most_distant_astronomical_objects), the most distant object we've detected is GN-z11 at 13.9Gly. This is slightly greater than the galaxies seen in Hubble's Deep...(read more)

Doesn't go far enough; people with less karma than me are still legible.

Does Wordpress have such a system? No, at least, not in an automated way without plugins, and not that I can recall seeing on any Wordpress blog I've visited. And I don't think I'd want one for my own Wordpress blog; comments there fall very neatly into two categories, "legitimate comments that I wa...(read more)

Facebook, Tumblr, and Wordpress all give authors this power. Why is it catastrophic here, where it wasn't there? Or do you think moderation has turned out to be catastrophic in those places?

I actually think some hesitation and thought is warranted on that particular feature. A naively-implemented auto-filled moderation log can significantly tighten the feedback loop for bad actors trying to evade bans. Maybe if there were a time delay, so moderation actions only become visible when the...(read more)

The shower is a particularly good place for the sort of thinking that benefits from paper, except most people don't have paper in there. AquaNotes (small waterproof notepads) are good--most of the group houses I've been to have them now--but too small. I tried a few other kinds of waterproof paper, ...(read more)