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Meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Short Talks

0 rocurley 11 December 2017 03:52AM

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Short Talks

WHEN: 11 December 2017 06:15:00PM (-0800)

WHERE: 855 Brannan St San Francisco, CA 94103

We’ll be meeting to give and listen to very short talks!

We’ll do 7-minute lightning talks with 3 additional minutes allowed for questions. We’ll also limit the number of programming-related talks to no more than half of all talks, in order to promote variety.

A talk doesn’t have to be formal, planned, or even something that you’d expect someone to Give A Talk About; it can be as simple as telling the group about something you find interesting or cool. In the past, we’ve had people talk about topics like: how complicated the process of organizing fresh food for airplane flights is, their experience volunteering for a local political campaign, a video game they were designing and writing, and many others.

We don't expect any sort of preparation or practice for these kinds of talks. They're very casual and the expectations are low. If your talk isn't great, it's okay because we'll just move on to another one in a few minutes. If it helps, think of it this way: you're just being given the conversational floor for a few minutes, in a slightly more organized way than usual.

For help getting into the building, please call (or text, with a likely-somewhat-slower response rate): 203-503-7508 (general meetup info at 301-458-0764).

Format:

We meet and start hanging out at 6:15, but don’t officially start doing the meetup topic until 6:45-7:00 to accommodate stragglers. Usually there is a food order that goes out before we start the meetup topic.

About these meetups:

The mission of the SF LessWrong meetup is to provide a fun, low-key social space with some structured interaction, where new and non-new community members can mingle and have interesting conversations. Everyone is welcome.

We explicitly encourage people to split off from the main conversation or diverge from the topic if that would be more fun for them (moving side conversations into a separate part of the space if appropriate). Meetup topics are here as a tool to facilitate fun interaction, and we certainly don’t want them to inhibit it.

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Short Talks

Meetup : Melbourne Dojo: Noticing and flagging behaviors (habits, strategies) for review and revision

0 Chriswaterguy 08 December 2017 07:11AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Melbourne Dojo: Noticing and flagging behaviors (habits, strategies) for review and revision

WHEN: 17 December 2017 06:08:13PM (+1100)

WHERE: parliament gardens, Melbourne

THIS MONTH: Noticing and flagging behaviors (habits, strategies) for review and revision

Drawing on psychology research and rationality techniques, with practical application inspired by the CFAR workshops, we discuss how to better live in integrity with what we value and/or believe, when we seem to be at war with ourselves. We'll also discuss how to create useful habits relevant to this goal.

This will be a lightly facilitated group discussion. As always, we may draw on content in the Less Wrong Sequences and top books in relevant fields. Reading and thinking ahead of the meetup is encouraged.

The reading material is at the bottom - please check it out!

BRING: * An inquiring mind, and observations you may have on the topic. * Perhaps a snack or drink to share. (Bonus points for healthy choices.) * Interested friends.

WHEN: 3:30pm to 6:30pm (and then optional dinner). Come early to catch up, and the meeting proper begins at 4pm sharp. At about 6:30pm some of us generally head for dinner nearby, and you are welcome to join us.

WHERE: We'll meet outside (weather permitting) in Parliament Gardens. There'll be an update if there's any change, or you can call 0439 471 632 (Chris) to confirm.

WHO ARE WE AND WHY DO WE MEET? The Less Wrong Melbourne Rationality Dojos are a chance to polish your planning, motivational, critical thinking and other rationality skills. We welcome new members who are interested in exploring rationality. We're "aspiring rationalists" and always keen to learn.

READING MATERIAL (from CFAR’s rationality checklist): Bonus rationality points for reading this before you come ;-).

Noticing and flagging behaviors (habits, strategies) for review and revision

I consciously think about information-value when deciding whether to try something new, or investigate something that I'm doubtful about. Example: (from Eliezer) Ordering a $20 exercise ball to see if sitting on it would improve my alertness and/or back muscle strain. Example: (from Eliezer) After several months of procrastination, and due to Anna nagging me about the value of information, finally trying out what happens when I write with a paired partner; and finding that my writing productivity went up by a factor of four, literally, measured in words per day.

I quantify consequences—how often, how long, how intense. Example: (from Anna) When we had Julia take on the task of figuring out the Center's name, I worried that a certain person would be offended by not being in control of the loop, and had to consciously evaluate how improbable this was, how little he'd probably be offended, and how short the offense would probably last, to get my brain to stop worrying. Example: Someone switching careers is afraid of what a parent will think, and has to consciously evaluate how much emotional pain the parent will experience, for how long before they acclimate, to realize that this shouldn't be a dominant consideration.

Discussion article for the meetup : Melbourne Dojo: Noticing and flagging behaviors (habits, strategies) for review and revision

MIRI's 2017 Fundraiser

7 malo 07 December 2017 09:47PM

MIRI’s 2017 fundraiser is live through the end of December! Our progress so far (updated live):

 


Donate Now


 

MIRI is a research nonprofit based in Berkeley, California with a mission of ensuring that smarter-than-human AI technology has a positive impact on the world. You can learn more about our work at “Why AI Safety?” or via MIRI Executive Director Nate Soares’ Google talk on AI alignment.

In 2015, we discussed our interest in potentially branching out to explore multiple research programs simultaneously once we could support a larger team. Following recent changes to our overall picture of the strategic landscape, we’re now moving ahead on that goal and starting to explore new research directions while also continuing to push on our agent foundations agenda. For more on our new views, see “There’s No Fire Alarm for Artificial General Intelligence” and our 2017 strategic update. We plan to expand on our relevant strategic thinking more in the coming weeks.

Our expanded research focus means that our research team can potentially grow big, and grow fast. Our current goal is to hire around ten new research staff over the next two years, mostly software engineers. If we succeed, our point estimate is that our 2018 budget will be $2.8M and our 2019 budget will be $3.5M, up from roughly $1.9M in 2017.1

We’ve set our fundraiser targets by estimating how quickly we could grow while maintaining a 1.5-year runway, on the simplifying assumption that about 1/3 of the donations we receive between now and the beginning of 2019 will come during our current fundraiser.2

Hitting Target 1 ($625k) then lets us act on our growth plans in 2018 (but not in 2019); Target 2 ($850k) lets us act on our full two-year growth plan; and in the case where our hiring goes better than expected, Target 3 ($1.25M) would allow us to add new members to our team about twice as quickly, or pay higher salaries for new research staff as needed.

We discuss more details below, both in terms of our current organizational activities and how we see our work fitting into the larger strategy space.

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Meetup : Washington, D.C.: Availability Heuristic

0 RobinZ 06 December 2017 04:29AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Availability Heuristic

WHEN: 10 December 2017 03:30:00PM (-0500)

WHERE: Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

We'll be meeting in the Luce Center (third floor; if you climb the spiral staircase, it's down the hall to your right) to talk about the availability heuristic: the tendency to answer questions based on what examples come easily to mind.

Upcoming meetups:

  • Dec. 17: Fun & Games
  • Dec. 24: Holiday Hanging-Out

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Availability Heuristic

Meetup : Secular Solstice Sydney

0 Elo 05 December 2017 08:52AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Secular Solstice Sydney

WHEN: 16 December 2017 04:00:00PM (+1100)

WHERE: -33.848667, 151.065778

https://goo.gl/maps/6zP3fXiGzzz meet near the fountains. You probably can't miss us.

In celebration of the holiday season in a way that only scientists can do; I proudly present our 4th annual secular solstice celebrations!

It's the silly season so we get to party too. Bring a dish! Something tasty... Try to aim for something inclusive of vegetarian/vegan, at the very least - know what is in your dish for when people ask.

Agenda: (in no particular hurry)

• Eat food; be merry! • Our year in review (as a local community, as a country, as humanity) • Talk about goals for the past year, share successes and failures (as individuals) • Lachlan - how to make resolutions for the new year effectively • Taryn - songs • Over the next year: plans for ourselves • Over the next year: predictions about the state of the future of the world

• Bonus mini-game: prepare for the Candles VS wind game.

Post the dish you plan to bring so we don't get duplicates...

See you there!

p.s. It's a little early for the solstice; The actual solstice is far too close to Christmas so we are hosting early.

If you have trouble - call me on 0438481143

https://www.meetup.com/rationalists_of_sydney/events/245661329/

https://web.facebook.com/events/797069370496418/

Discussion article for the meetup : Secular Solstice Sydney

Meetup : Informal Effective Altruism Discussion (Boulder)

0 PonchoPal 02 December 2017 02:59AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Informal Effective Altruism Discussion (Boulder)

WHEN: 18 December 2017 07:00:00PM (-0700)

WHERE: Murphy's South

Come talk about EA; it's a good time of year for it. I've never been to this Murphy's place, but I'm choosing to trust the guys that suggested it from last time. I'm happy to change it up if anyone has better ideas, par usual, so if you're interested in coming, make sure to check this page on the day of to make sure nothing has changed on you. I'm not going to structure the conversation, but I think it would be best if we try to stay focused on the topic for at least the first hour, since there's a lot there, especially if you aren't super familiar with it. We'll figure it out as we go. Happy Solstice!

Meetup link: https://www.meetup.com/Colorado-Rationality/events/245577188/

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/134422417255709/134422563922361/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity&notif_id=1512183485848268

Discussion article for the meetup : Informal Effective Altruism Discussion (Boulder)

Meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Board Games and Singing

0 rocurley 30 November 2017 04:29PM

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Board Games and Singing

WHEN: 04 December 2017 03:15:00PM (-0800)

WHERE: 855 Brannan St San Francisco, CA 94103

Some people don’t like board games, and based on our straw poll at the recent meta meetup, most of those people seem to like group singing. So this meetup has both!

We have a variety of games, but feel free to bring your own.

We’ll also bring lyrics for some songs to sing together. If there’s anything you really like singing and think other people might know, please feel free to bring it or a link to lyrics for it that we can pull up. A rhythm instrument might be nice to bring, iff. you know the particular songs we’re doing well enough to keep up easily.

For help getting into the building, please call (or text, with a likely-somewhat-slower response rate): 203-503-7508 (general meetup info at 301-458-0764).

Format:

We meet and start hanging out at 6:15, but don’t officially start doing the meetup topic until 6:45-7:00 to accommodate stragglers. Usually there is a food order that goes out before we start the meetup topic.

About these meetups:

The mission of the SF LessWrong meetup is to provide a fun, low-key social space with some structured interaction, where new and non-new community members can mingle and have interesting conversations. Everyone is welcome.

We explicitly encourage people to split off from the main conversation or diverge from the topic if that would be more fun for them (moving side conversations into a separate part of the space if appropriate). Meetup topics are here as a tool to facilitate fun interaction, and we certainly don’t want them to inhibit it.

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Board Games and Singing

Meetup : Less Wrong meetup at Birdhouse

0 jimrandomh 29 November 2017 08:09PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Less Wrong meetup at Birdhouse

WHEN: 03 December 2017 03:30:00PM (-0500)

WHERE: 50 White St Apt 3 Somerville, MA

This meetup is at Birdhouse, 50 White St Apt 3 These rotate between several private residences, for a more casual feel.

LW meetups happen on the first and third Sunday of each month. This is reverting back to the old pattern, from the every-other-Sunday pattern, because it's easier to keep track of.

Discussion article for the meetup : Less Wrong meetup at Birdhouse

Meetup : [Montreal] Will the Best in Human Nature Please Stand Up (Superintelligence)

0 MathieuRoy 29 November 2017 02:26AM

Discussion article for the meetup : [Montreal] Will the Best in Human Nature Please Stand Up (Superintelligence)

WHEN: 12 December 2017 07:00:00PM (-0500)

WHERE: 810 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2L 1B3, Canada

Meetup Event Reference: https://www.meetup.com/Artificial-Intelligence-Ethics/events/245484812/ This is the last event for the discussion group on the book Superintelligence. Write to Mati at mathieu.roy.37@gmail.com to borrow a copy of the book. During the first part of the event, we will discuss chapters 11 to 14. During the second part of the event, we will discuss chapter 15, and more generally, whether superintelligence is a problem we should prioritize, and what we can do about it (ie. the title of the event refers to the last section of the book). Main readings: ch. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 of Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom (ch. 1 to 10 are also mandatory if you haven’t read them yet) Optional Readings: check out this LessWrong sequences for additional material: http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/kw4/superintelligence_reading_group/


Preparation Here are ideas of things we can do before the discussion session: • share other complementary readings you find (in the comment section) • think of follow-up questions to discuss • find alternative views to the main reading / critics of the main reading • write down point of discussion (such as disagreements) • notice where we updated (/ changed) our mind • think if/how the information is actionable • think of the strategical implication of the information (ie. priorities, policies, strategies, etc.) • think of potential sources of biases

Discussion article for the meetup : [Montreal] Will the Best in Human Nature Please Stand Up (Superintelligence)

Meetup : Washington, D.C.: Hobbies

0 RobinZ 29 November 2017 12:31AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Hobbies

WHEN: 03 December 2017 03:30:00PM (-0500)

WHERE: Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

We will be meeting in the Luce Center (third floor; if you climb the spiral staircase, it's down the hall to your right) to talk about hobbies - both specific ones we have and hobbies in general.

Upcoming meetups:

  • Dec. 10: Availability Heuristic
  • Dec. 17: Fun & Games

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Hobbies

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