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Autoregressive Propaganda

One way to keep bots out is to validate real-world identities.

Currently, the actual use case is more akin to an assistant for human writers, so validating the identity would not do much good. Additionally, if the demand for real-life tethered online identities ever gets high, there would appear a market for people selling theirs. I have a friend, who has found a Chinese passport online, because a (Chinese) online game required one as part of registration data.
Use of social media as a marketing platform for small, tightly-knit communities is probably the way to largely mitigate this problem.

3lsusr1moIf this remains the case then the application of ALMs is a difference of degree rather than kind, and there is little to worry about.
Bayeswatch 5: Hivemind

two her brain

This gave me the chills. I have never thought about digital brain modification safety before, although now the idea seems obvious. Wonder what else am I missing.

6lsusr4moI have fixed the typo; "two her brain" is now "to her brain". There's all sorts of stuff that can go wrong when you're modifying human brains.
3Vanilla_cabs4moYou mean it's not a typo? I still don't get the hidden meaning.
The best frequently don't rise to the top

The meritocratic part is the best are significantly more likely to rise to the top, real world is best thought of as a stochastic place, full of imperfect information and surprises.
Being the best at content creation is not the same as being the best at YouTube: size of one's target demographic matters, the ability to self-promote matters, ability to network matters, ad-friendliness of content matters... Akin to evolution, the system does not select the *best* creators in the conventional sense of creating the best videos, being the best at writing and so o... (read more)

3adamzerner6moThat makes sense, I agree.
We should not raise awareness

I agree, but my reasoning for it is different.
Given that the simulacra levels framework is fake, I care mostly about the way it pumps my intuition. For me it has more impact with less levels. Grouping everything in levels 4+ as a single thing does speed processing up, and doesn't seem to meaningfully change my conclusions.
There likely exists some context where those extra levels are useful and offer new insights, but I've not seen it yet.

The Flexibility of Abstract Concepts

Excellent as always!

Throughout the entire process it is implied that words if you specify a value and if you specify a criterion...


By training children in the traditional of adversarial competitive rhetoric...

2lsusr7moThanks. Fixed.

"Can I get you a coffee?" a young quant named said.

It's really good, am waiting for the next part, keep it up!

3lsusr7moFixed typo. Also thanks.
Oliver Sipple

There won't be any more harm done to Oliver by spreading the story, so, at least from utilitarian-ish point of view, the case is clear.

Right, but that’s why it’s interesting.

From a utilitarian perspective, is Oliver’s outing morally redeemed by using him as an example in journalistic ethics classes? Or would it be, if it helped reduce the incidence of future privacy invasions?

If so, then Harvey Milk is a hero in this story. He not only made Oliver into a gay hero, probably saving more than one life in the long run by advancing the cause of gay rights, but he also gave us a great example of the consequences of privacy invasion that we can use in ethics classes. A two-fer!

That doesn’t feel ... (read more)