TBH, I'm just a random layman ex-lurker who comments on things sometimes. Hopefully I can contribute and/or learn something here. (I'm also Very Concerned about the AI thing I guess, but I have no clue what I can actually do about it.)

You're allowed to cold DM me, though preferably for a good reason.


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Request: "The answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything"

Yamato's Shortform

I don't think there's much I can do; I'm sort of planning to get into alignment research someday but that will take a long time since I'm not already a math/compsci PhD, plus I have many other issues with my life that need sorting out. The "delay by way of outreach/advocacy" discourse is interesting and I may or may not be able to do some theorycrafting about those topics, since I sometimes theorycraft about politics for fun.

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Request: "Screenshot from the anime adaptation of James Joyce's novel Finnegans Wake"

Yamato's Shortform

Jeez, these last few days have not been kind to my p(doom), as people call it here. "April is the cruellest month", indeed. (That being said, beware of the bandwagon effect, don't update just because you read that I updated)

Don't die with dignity; instead play to your outs

At least to my mind, other phrases of the form "Dying with X" also make it sound like you've just plain given up on "not dying" except that you're still going through the motions for some reason. (Of course I'm not arguing that that's what you're actually doing, only that that's what the optics are)

(Sorry if feedback from rando is unwanted)

Dr Fauci as Machiavellian Boddhisattva

I'm not the OP but I'd say read up on the methods of history's most successful rabble-rousers, and look for data/ethnographies/whatever about the demographics you're targeting so you can get an idea of what they're like. Also read up on the "art of strategy" in general. Then again, I'm not sure there's much in this sphere that you can actually do without A: devoting your entire life to it and B: doing things that both you and society at large would consider objectionable.

April 2022 Welcome & Open Thread

Are there any efforts underway to move the content from Arbital to some platform that's, frankly, less buggy, unfinished, and inconvenient to use? Seems to me like a worthwhile thing to do if one wants people to actually read it, see Beware Trivial Inconveniences.

(Apologies if the above comes across as more caustic than it was meant to be, I'm still feeling my way around LessWrong's communication norms)

Third Time: a better way to work

"Fractional breaks" or "proportional breaks", perhaps?