There is a growing academic field of "governance" that exists that would variously be described as a branch of political science, public administration, or policy studies. It is a relatively small field, but has several academic journals where that fit the description of the literature you're looking for. The best of these journals, in my opinion, is Perspectives on Public Management & Governance (although it has a focus on public governance structures to a fault of ignoring corporate governance structures).
In addition to this, there is a 50 chapter OU... (read more)
Thank you! I’m looking forward to the process of writing it, synthesizing my own thoughts, and sharing them here. I’ll also be hoping to receive your insightful feedback, comments, and discussion along the way!
Thank you for this post, Kyoung-Cheol. I like how you have used Deep Mind's recent work to motivate the discussion of the consideration of "authority as a consequence of hierarchy" and that "processing information to handle complexity requires speciality which implies hierarchy."
I think there is some interesting work on this forum that captures these same types of ideas, sometimes with similar language, and sometimes with slightly different language.
In particular, you may find the recent post from Andrew Critch on "Power dynamics as a blind spot or b... (read more)
Thanks for this. I tabbed the Immoral Mazes sequences. On cursory view it seems very relevant. I'll be working my way through it. Thanks again.
Thanks. I think your insight is correct that governance requires answers to the "how" and "what" questions, and that the bureaucratic structure is one answer, but it leave the "how" unanswered. I don't have a good technical answer, but I do have an interesting proposal by Hannes Alfven in the book "The End of Man?" that he published under the pseudonym of Olof Johnneson called Complete Freedom Democracy that I like. The short book is worth the read, but hard to find. The basic idea is a parliamentary system in which all humans, through something akin to a smart phone, to rank vote proposals. I'll write up the details some time!
Thank you for the comment. There are several interesting points I want to comment on. Here are my thoughts in no particular order of importance:
I think this approach may have something to add to Christiano's method, but I need to give it more thought.
I don't think it is yet clear how this structure could help with the big problem of superintelligent AI. The only contributions I see clearly enough at this point are redundant to arguments made elsewhere. For example, the notion of a "machine beamte" as one that can be controlled through (1) the appropriate training and certification, (2) various motivations and incentives for aligning behavior with the knowledge from training, and (3) nominate... (read more)
Thank you for this. I pulled up the thread. I think you're right that there are a lot of open questions to look into at the level of group dynamics. I'm still familiarizing myself with the technical conversation around the iterated prisoner's dilemma and other ways to look at these challenges from a game theory lens. My understanding so far is that some basic concepts of coordination and group dynamics like authority and specialization are not yet well formulated, but again, I don't consider myself up to date in this conversation yet.
From the thread you sh... (read more)
Thank you for the insights. I agree with your insight that "bureaucracies are notorious homes to Goodhart effects and they have as yet found no way to totally control them." I also agree with you intuition that "to be fair bureaucracies do manage to achieve a limited level of alignment, and they can use various mechanisms that generate more vs. less alignment."
I do however believe that an ideal type of bureaucratic structure helps with at least some forms of the alignment problem. If for example, Drexler is right, and my conceptualization of the theo... (read more)
My name is Justin Bullock. I live in the Seattle area after 27 years in Georgia and 7 years in Texas. I have a PhD and Public Administration and Policy Analysis where I focused on decision making within complex, hierarchical, public programs. For example, in my dissertation I attempted to model how errors (measured as improper payments) are built into the US Unemployment Insurance Program. I spent time looking at how agents are motivated within these complex systems trying to develop general insights into how errors occur in these systems. Until about 2016... (read more)