Las Vegas, NV, USA

37/M/Vegas. Dropped out of PhD in Computer Science in AI to go work for Google in LA for a few years. Then I worked for an online advertising startup for a few years. Then in 2016 I moved to Las Vegas to be a professional gambler.

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St. Louis Meetup - London Tea Room

Is there somewhere I can sign up to get notified of all the future St Louis meetups?

Newcomb's Grandfather

Suppose my decision algorithm is:  I obtain the source code of Omega and run its prediction algorithm to determine what it predicts I will do, and then do the opposite of that.

This would be kind of like the proof that the halting problem is non-computable.

Newcomb's Grandfather

Certainly perfect prediction is impossible in some cases.  Look at the halting problem in computer science.

You have a set amount of "weirdness points". Spend them wisely.

This seems like a subset of point #7 here (https://slatestarcodex.com/2016/02/20/writing-advice/)

7. Figure out who you’re trying to convince, then use the right tribal signals

I would define weirdness as emitting signals that the tribe recognizes as "other" but not "enemy".  Emitting enough of the in-group signals may counteract that.

This is also reminiscent of John Gottman's empirical research on married couples where he found they were much more likely to split if the ratio of positive to negative interactions was less than 5 to 1.

The Point of Trade

Intertemporal arbitrage: buying corn when there's a bumper crop and selling it when there's a drought.  How do we get rid of that?   Either time travel or giving everyone lots of storage space and prior knowledge of all the goods he will ever need and their future abundance/scarcity time series.

Price signals arising from trade are also an incentive for consuming less of / producing more of scarce things to make them less scarce.  Without the incentives of prices we'd need some other way of enforcing rationing of the finite capacity of the iron mines and communicating each person's marginal utility for iron.  A borg hivemind.

Is there any plausible mechanisms for why taking an mRNA vaccine might be undesirable for a young healthy adult?

I thought of a second potential problem in my layman armchair.  Every cell that a virus infects, it kills (when the cell dies, the new viruses pop out).  But what if the mRNA for a single protein just messes up a cell, without killing it?   Possibly worse than just killing it.

Is there any plausible mechanisms for why taking an mRNA vaccine might be undesirable for a young healthy adult?

The mRNA tricks your cells into making a spike protein

The alternative is the live adenovirus vector, which tricks your cells into making a spike protein PLUS all the other proteins that make up the adenovirus.

So it seems like the former probably can't be any worse unless it "infects" different types of cells.