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I've considered giving Sequence Spotlights a "Create Discussion Meetup" button, such that Sequence Spotlights more easily serve as default reading material for local communities. Would anyone be interested in that?

This sounds like something I'd be interested in running with my group. 

Thanks for doing this. I enjoy listening to audio form of content, and this makes reading my backlog of lesswrong and EA content very accessible. 

Minor suggestion. - The podcast is hosted on multiple platforms, but is missing YouTube. There are several podcasts that are audio only on Youtube( Naval Ravikant's podcast, Cortex by CGP Gray, etc.). Adding it to you tube can increase reach to potential new listeners. 

The EA group is active in bangalore as well AFAIK, one of the organizers attends the SSC meetup semi-regularly. The SSC group has been meeting regularly since 2018 when we discovered each other through the 2018 meetups everywhere post. 

You can DM me with your email address, and I'll add you to the mailing list and also share a signal invite link for chat. 

Meeting link for tomorrow's meetup -
Kindly DM/Email me before joining. 

Correction - The meetup is on 19th at 4PM. 

You can DM me if you're interested

Hi Tejas, 

We meetup once a month, discuss the latest scott's essay or an older one. Sometimes we discuss stuff from Lesswrong or the adjacent blogosphere. Occasionally we read essays in the session itself, or have a casual conversation about current affairs with an ACX/LW POV. 

Reminder that the existing Bangalore meetup group is still active with monthly online meetups. You can join them by contacting me. 


Flying Cars have larger safety consideration. The point on flying cars I made was a bit hyperbolic which was probably unnecessary in hindsight. 

Thinking out loud,
1. While Safety cars expand the risk envelope, the difference is not too much different either. I can expect a drunk driver to ram into a store or building at ground level these days, and I expect that living in the fourth floor of an apartment is safer cause there's no precedence for incidents like that. But someone crashing a vehicle to the ground floor or to the third floor can be handled in a similar legal framework with varying levels of punishment. If there were no cars, we'd be concerned of the idea that someone could crash a heavy machine to our homes at large speeds. The analogy is similar to flying cars, just the precedence is missing. 

2. The current breed of flying cars are heavily electric and shouldn't face too much concern over energy costs.

3. Not sure of this, but could the noise be normalized over time? Like how (some) people living near airports are used to the planes taking off and landing that they kind of tune it out? urban noise is largely from traffic, and this can be another dimension to it? 

Safety is a slippery slope. 

Misplaced excess concern over safety hinders technological progress, and is a slippery slope. 

Experts and regulators who are held accountable when things go wrong with new technology, and are thus incentivized to raise the bar or standards in an effort to make systems "more safe". 

This has detrimental effects in two ways -
- The slippery slope of adding more complex regulations or roadblocks in the name of safety. 
- Disincentivizing technology adoption and slowing progress.


Examples from experience :

  • Why we don't have drone deliveries yet. The technology was ready more than half a decade ago, but restrictive regulations didn't help in learning from real word experience and increased adoption. The infrastructure and other problems that would've been discovered and solved at scale have never materialized because everyone is still in the boardroom brainstorming scenarios and ideal workflows
  • Flying Cars suffer the same problem. Just replace "drone deliveries" with "flying cars" in the above paragraph and it mostly stays the same.

External examples with no experience 

  • Roots of progress talking about why Nuclear energy failed. Public perception of safety was a huge driving factor in regulations which made it near impossible to setup new plants in the US. General public perception of the horrors of nuclear technology is still largely negative and cause strong reactions that are pro-safety. This led to a slippery slope in more complex and burdensome regulations resulting in an economic disincentive for industry,
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