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Alexei comments on Further discussion of CFAR’s focus on AI safety, and the good things folks wanted from “cause neutrality” - Less Wrong

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Comment author: Alexei 10 December 2016 08:13:54AM 9 points [-]

It's likely you'll address this in future posts, but I'm curious now. To me it seems like CFAR played a very important role in attracting people to the bay. "Come for the rationality, stay for the x-risk." I have a feeling that with this pivot it'll be harder to attract people to the community. What are your thoughts on that?

Comment author: Qiaochu_Yuan 13 December 2016 04:17:49AM 2 points [-]

That seems fine to me as long as the people who do get attracted are selected harder for being relevant to AI safety; arguably this would be an improvement.

Comment author: wubbles 14 December 2016 03:46:18PM 0 points [-]

I'm not sure how much of this was CFAR and x-risk vs. programming and autism. Certainly a lot of the people at the SF meetup were not CFARniks based on my completely unscientific examination of my memory. The community's survival and growth is secondary to X-risk solving now, even if before the goal was to make a community devoted to these arts.