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I enjoyed the thought experiment, but could've done with less focus on Yudkowsky and LessWrong. The guys who are worried about it as an actual real life threat seem...fucking wacky, to be honest with you.
I skimmed some of his papers over coffee this morning, and discovered that Eliezer Yudkowsky doesn't believe in the scientific method, and thinks it can be replaced with pure Bayesian reasoning.
I kind of hate rationalwiki, but their article on him is pretty thorough.
- It is important to note that, as well as no training in his claimed field, Yudkowsky has pretty much no accomplishments of any sort to his credit beyond getting Peter Thiel to give him money. He claims to be a skilled computer programmer, but has no code available other than Flare, an unfinished computer language for AI programming with XML-based syntax
Yudkowsky is almost entirely unpublished outside of his own foundation and blogs and never finished high school, much less did any actual AI research. No samples of his AI coding have been made public.
His actual, observable results in the real world are a popular fan fiction, a pastiche erotic light novel, a large pile of blog posts and a surprisingly well-funded research organisation — that has produced fewer papers in a decade and a half than a single graduate student produces in the course of a physics Ph.D (and the latter's would be peer reviewed).
Even good ole' fashion Wikipedia is uncharitable:
- Yudkowsky has no formal secondary education, never having attended high school or college. Nevertheless he [self] reported scoring a perfect 1600 on his SATs.
...All if this research just because the quote from the article frustrated me. "Listen to me very closely, you idiot." What a crock of bullshit.
- "...all he had to do was pop a turd in his mouth and squeeze it out through his teeth like toothpaste."
Cool! Disgusting! Wow!
Project Iceworm seems like the exact type of irresponsible shit I've come to expect from the USA in the 60's. I particularly like the part about ecological impact:
- When the camp was decommissioned in 1967, its infrastructure and waste were abandoned under the assumption they would be entombed forever by perpetual snowfall. A 2016 study found that the portion of the ice sheet covering Camp Century will start to melt by the year 2100, if current trends continue. When the ice melts, the camp’s infrastructure, as well as any remaining biological, chemical and radioactive waste, will re-enter the environment and potentially disrupt nearby ecosystems.
Holy fuck, that trucker story. Your dad sounds like a real character. I almost love your description of how he told the story more than the story itself! I can't imagine how shook that trucker felt driving away from him.
As far as "False-Alarm Nuclear Accidents" go, this is a pretty funny one :)
Fuck am I glad that my lifestyle never puts me in contact with highly radioactive material. Everything you've shared in this thread could come straight from a horror film.
I've been leaking little bits of pubski-esque information all over for like a week now, so I'm just going to cover the broad strokes here:
I've quit smoking. As of today, ya boi's cold turkey (shoutout to ooli and nil). It's been alright so far. I'm fighting a craving right now by drinking coffee and writing a comment on hubski while I should be working. Issa time.
I've restarted the side-project I talked about procrastinating. A lot of the code is salvageable, but I've learned a lot since starting it. Since there's no deadline, I'd like to rewrite it. So I will. Fuck you, half-of-my-brain-that's-acting-as-a-project-manager
I've squeezed a bit of independence out of my parents by spending most nights with my girlfriend. Typing that sentence made me feel young.
I'll be honest, my thoughts are pretty clouded by the nicotine withdrawal right now. I'll have a better update for y'all next week - right now, I have some coffee I need to drown in.
Let us know how it goes!
Moving out for the first time is weird. I remember feeling a lot of the things it sounds like you're feeling. The first night was the strangest for me, feeling like I'd stepped into someone else's life and that I was sleeping in their bed, inside their apartment.
You probably won't have a definite moment when your place starts feeling like "home", but I'm sure it will before long. I have like 500,000 strategies for dealing with homesickness and I've been looking for an excuse to give out sage wisdom about college, so my inbox is always open if you ever need to talk :)
- They're awesome new friends, but also unlikely to be still in Montreal in a couple years. It kinda sucks making connections and having people move away all the time, but i'll enjoy it while it lasts!
I've been feeling this a lot recently. Everyone's gone in their own direction after college - I'm happy for them all, but I already feel nostalgic for times I was having six months ago!
- I think in september will come the time to make a decision and start taking steps towards the future.
Best of luck with that; I'm doing a lot of the same searching right now. If you ever need to bounce thoughts off of non-judgmental strangers on the internet, you know where to find us :)
- Lemme know if you wanna hear a "funny" story about a truck driver and a rad detector.
Holy shit yes
Kholodets sound pretty intriguing! I can't say they look super appetizing, but they're definitely something I'd like to try one day
No worries, I'm well behind the curve on watching that one. I wonder how people with "The cake is a lie" tattoos are doing right now?
I'm gonna guess that the line for what's dangerous and what's safe is extremely well-defined for experts, but that laymen get it wrong like 90% of the time? Dealing with a software version of that at work today, so maybe I'm just trying to find reflections of my pain in your comment lmao
I am too, and I suspect half the userbase of Netflix does the same thing. Good dichotomy, though - your perspective as someone who's part of the industry is interesting!
As a complete aside, I think it's cool how you can take a half-hearted riff on an easy target and turn it into food for thought. Stuff like this is why I like Hubski