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Comment author: Thomas 31 March 2015 04:09:53PM -2 points [-]

About this guy, Ng.

He wants to colonize Mars, to reduce the overpopulation here on Earth. Another example of just how he's clueless about the nature of the exponential growth.

Comment author: qsz 04 March 2015 12:24:55PM *  6 points [-]

There was a good discussion on LW about Arthur Chu's performance on Jeopardy LINK - especially how he took advantage of regular patterns underlying question selection and "random" events to try and maximise his winnings.

The comment thread on that discussion also mentions other "rationalist" practices by other contestants.

Comment author: Thomas 04 March 2015 03:59:47PM 0 points [-]

So, he was playing almost like Watson?

Comment author: Thomas 02 March 2015 10:21:50AM *  -1 points [-]

I have devised (automatically, I have just let it grow) an algorithm, which enlists all the leap years in the Gregorian calendar using the Cosine function. Scraping the ugly constants of 100 and 400.


Comment author: Thomas 01 March 2015 10:26:34AM 0 points [-]

If you permit a reincarnation after a long time - and I really don't see why one shouldn't - what would prevent a synchronous reincarnation then?

I guess, nothing as well.

Comment author: RichardKennaway 09 February 2015 01:52:49PM 3 points [-]

What would you say about the range of variety of our species that has survived? Would things be less "bloody and complicated" if it were narrower?

Comment author: Thomas 11 February 2015 08:00:22AM 1 point [-]

We are quite diverse. Sometimes at least, this causes additional bloodshed. (Sometimes we don't need this kind of cause, we invent some other pretext.)

But, yes. A greater biological diversity generally means more reasons for a conflict.

Comment author: JoshuaZ 09 February 2015 12:25:26PM 0 points [-]

Minor note: the Colton article I linked to is from 1999.

Comment author: Thomas 09 February 2015 12:30:53PM 1 point [-]

I have noticed this. And it ain't good, at all!

Until now, it should be a lot of artificially discovered concepts around, but which are nowhere to be seen!

Perhaps it's a low hanging fruit?

Comment author: IlyaShpitser 09 February 2015 10:54:15AM *  3 points [-]

Neat -- can you give me some pointers on things to read that caused you to become more ?optimistic?. I want to be optimistic, too!

Comment author: Thomas 09 February 2015 11:22:43AM 0 points [-]

In the case you haven't seen the JoshuaZ's link, it's a good starter:


The "concept inventor program HR", was able to invent "those numbers, which the numbers of divisors also divides that number".

One million or so human mathematicians in the last 300 years in the field of Number theory all failed to spot it before.

I, myself, recently build an efficient machine for mass producing this:


Too hard for intelligent humans, too big task for a supercomputers with a brute force approach.

And for the hardware we'll also need.


Comment author: IlyaShpitser 09 February 2015 10:28:40AM *  4 points [-]

Have you been going to AI conferences or reading AI/ML journals recently?

Comment author: Thomas 09 February 2015 10:51:45AM *  4 points [-]

Reading. It's much more to read than it is possible to attend, anyway.

Comment author: Thomas 09 February 2015 09:37:33AM 6 points [-]

Has anybody else acquired a feeling, that recently the pace of progress in AI field - has increased?

Or it's just me?

Comment author: Thomas 07 February 2015 11:32:51AM 4 points [-]

I used to be sorry, that no Neanderthal survived to this day.

But then, I have realized, that it would be only more bloody and complicated as it already is.

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