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71 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 15 February 2008 10:53PM

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Comment author: Normal_Anomaly 27 November 2011 11:08:44PM 1 point [-]

Is the bit about Republican presidents intended to stand in for humanity's CEV's utilty function, or is it just a distracting bit of politics?

Comment author: Ben_Welchner 29 November 2011 02:42:53AM *  2 points [-]

I recall another article about optimization processes or probability pumps being used to rig elections; I would imagine it's a lighthearted reference to that, but I can't turn it up by searching. I'm not even sure if it came before this comment.

(Richard_Hollerith2 hasn't commented for over 2.5 years, so you're not likely to get a response from him)

Comment author: Normal_Anomaly 29 November 2011 03:01:11AM 0 points [-]

(Richard_Hollerith2 hasn't commented for over 2.5 years, so you're not likely to get a response from him)

I noticed this right after I commented. Oops.

Comment author: rhollerith_dot_com 15 December 2011 09:02:19PM 2 points [-]

sorry my reference to the Republicans distracted you. when I wrote it, I thought it so obvious that Republican's winning is just a humorous placeholder for "whatever outcome one wants to avoid" that it would not be distracting.

Humor is hard when expressing myself in text. I think I will just give up on it altogether.

Comment author: thomblake 15 December 2011 09:19:00PM 1 point [-]

It was funny at the time. You had to be there.

Comment author: Vaniver 15 December 2011 09:35:28PM 2 points [-]

You had to be a Democrat.

Fixed? :P