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38 Post author: Mitchell_Porter 22 March 2011 12:06PM

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Comment author: JoshuaFox 22 March 2011 01:48:21PM 4 points [-]

I couldn't have put it better myself.

I do understand the SIAI's explanations for their rationality work. 1. It recruits good people. 2. FAI is a field that does not allow experimentation, and the stakes are high, and so top rationality skills are needed. And maybe: 3. Understanding correct rationality as well as human biases may cast light on the best architecture for an AGI.

But in the end, I quite agree with Mitchell's points.

Comment author: David_Gerard 22 March 2011 05:12:23PM 7 points [-]

I do understand the SIAI's explanations for their rationality work. 1. It recruits good people.

I can't find the cite, but I vaguely recall someone from SIAI saying that LessWrong and the rationality stuff was by far the most effective recruitment method they've ever used.

Comment author: benelliott 22 March 2011 06:40:20PM 2 points [-]

What other methods have they used?

Comment author: David_Gerard 22 March 2011 06:41:54PM 2 points [-]

Presumably more conventional methods of recruitment. I did say "vaguely recall" :-) Anyone from SIAI here?