Software developer at Spark Wave, working on GuidedTrack.


Escalation Outside the System

Man, I'm reading the first volume of The GULAG Archipelago and that talk about murder is just sickening.

Pulse and Glide Cycling

Plus if the saddle is higher, you sit more hinged, which decreases air resistance and thus makes riding easier. If that makes your rear hurt, get a different saddle, such as https://sqlab-usa.com/collections/saddles/products/602-m-d-active-saddle.

Here's a guide for setting up a bicycle correctly: https://bike.bikegremlin.com/360/setting-up-riding-position-bike-fitting/ They do it the way I do it and I'ver never had knee problems from riding a bike.

(Just thought: Another reason for knee pain might be riding with knees collapsed inwards.)

Preview On Hover

I like it the way it is!

New York Times, Please Do Not Threaten The Safety of Scott Alexander By Revealing His True Name

My (less eloquent and less informed) take:

Dear Ms. Tam,

I’m one of the readers of Scott Alexander's blog and I kindly ask you not to publish his real name. He has laid out his rationale in his only remaining blog post and Zvi Mowshovitz has already sent you a much more eloquent appeal than the one I’m writing. No doubt, many other readers of Scott’s blog have sent your their – hopefully polite – opinion about the matter.

I have little to add but the reminder that becoming a public figure makes life difficult. Tim Ferriss wrote about this recently:
You ought not to force this on people who neither deserve (through evil deeds) nor want it.

Scott is an honest blogger who wants to keep his peace. Please don’t take it away from him.


Richard Möhn

Predicted AI alignment event/meeting calendar

Thanks for letting me know! In response, I've added a link to Linda Linsefors' calendar at the top of the article. I hope that is useful enough to you. Her calendar is focused on online events, but these days almost everything is online anyway. Also, she wrote that she might make a calendar for in-person events once we vanquish Covid.

I'm leaving AI alignment – you better stay

Thanks for adding your thoughts! I agree, it would have made sense to become an ML engineer just somewhere. I don't remember why I dismissed that possibility at the time. NB: If I had not dismissed it, I would still have needed to get my head set straight about the job requirements, by talking to an engineer or researcher at a company. Daniel Ziegler described a good way of doing this on the 80,000 Hours Podcast, which is summarized in ML engineering for AI safety & robustness: a Google Brain engineer’s guide to entering the field. Danny Hernandez expanded on that in a useful way in Danny Hernandez on forecasting and the drivers of AI progress.

After I left AI alignment, I thought about spending three months polishing my ML skills, then applying for ML engineering jobs, so that I could return to AI alignment later. – Exactly what you're suggesting, only four years late. :-) – But given the Covid chaos and my income risk aversion, I decided to stick to my guns and get a software engineering job as soon as possible. Luckily, I ended up with a high-impact one, although on in x-risk.

Final note on why I think it was bad for me to try to get hired: It used to take me up to a week to get out an application, which distracted mightily from research work.

I'm leaving AI alignment – you better stay

Sounds good! For me, it was detrimental to focus on intended-for-public projects early on. It would probably have been better to build my understanding and knowledge, which you also appear to be aiming at.

If I can help you with anything or answer questions, let me know. In general, it's good to talk with experienced and successful people and I would suggest attending some of the now-virtual conferences to do that. – EAGxVirtual or events on this calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=Y2wxanRxMW80anNpcnJsMWdlaHE1a3BpanNAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ

Wrist Issues

Not sure. There are other differences, too. – In the way the keys respond, and the fact that on a piano key you have much more freedom in choosing a convenient place for your finger. – This could all lead to less crampiness. So again, talking to an expert is the best bet. I've had good experiences with online PT consultations for weightlifting-related aches and pains.

Wrist Issues

Okay, that speaks against my hypothesis.

Wrist Issues

In the past, mandolin and piano haven't hurt my wrists. I haven't got my mandolin out yet, and from the small amount of piano playing I've tried it's not clear to me yet whether it's a problem.

Hypothesis: When you learned playing piano, you learned proper technique for pushing the keys. That's why it's easy on your wrists. In contrast, when you type on a keyboard, you do it with improper technique (ulnar and dorsal deviation/hand bent out and up) and that puts more stress on your wrists.

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