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Comment author: korin43 31 October 2017 10:15:25PM 1 point [-]

I suspect this has been answered on here before in a lot more detail, but:

  • Evolution isn't necessarily trying to make us smart; it's just trying to make us survive and reproduce
  • Evolution tends to find local optima (see: obviously stupid designs like how the optical nerve works)
  • We seem to be pretty good at making things that are better than what evolution comes up with (see: no birds on the moon, no predators with natural machine guns, etc.)

Also, specifically in AI, there is some precedent for there to be only a few years between "researchers get AI to do something at all" and "this AI is better at its task than any human who has ever lived". Chess did it a while. It just happened with Go. I suspect we're crossing that point with image recognition now.

Comment author: Habryka 19 October 2017 04:22:00AM 2 points [-]

You can now also deactivate Intercom on your profile. I really wish Intercom wouldn't do the horrible thing with the tab-title.

Comment author: korin43 31 October 2017 10:03:35PM 0 points [-]

Woo!

Also if anyone else gets a "schema validation error" when changing this setting, remove the "Website" from your profile: https://github.com/Discordius/Lesswrong2/issues/225

In response to Feedback on LW 2.0
Comment author: korin43 05 October 2017 03:10:40PM *  3 points [-]

One feature makes it worth it on its own: People are posting stuff without worrying as much about if it's "good enough" or fits the theme as well (suddenly we're getting posts from everyone again).

The site itself is kind of annoying though, so my main interactions are reading the article in my RSS feed, opening the page, voting, then closing the page.

I like the bigger font size, but agree that might be excessive (16px seems about right to me).

Commenting needs some serious UX attention. The comment box doesn't look like a comment box and the text is massive.

The front page doesn't make any sense. I understand showing top content for people who aren't logged in, but once someone is logged in, the front page should be new articles.

The site seems overly fancy with JavaScript load and whatever. Loading a page with nothing but text should be instantaneous but somehow manages to take several seconds.

In response to Feedback on LW 2.0
Comment author: adamzerner 02 October 2017 12:40:45AM 3 points [-]

One obvious thing I really like is that the site is responsive! On this current site, I can't read the text when I make the window half the size of the screen (13 inch laptop).

Comment author: korin43 05 October 2017 03:04:49PM *  2 points [-]

This is huge for me: The site is actually usable on a phone. It's annoyingly slow, but LessWrong v1 is unusable on anything with a small screen (note: This could have been fixed in v1 also, but the two pull requests to fix it have been ignored for around a year).

Comment author: korin43 21 September 2017 01:32:26PM *  1 point [-]

For anyone else who finds intercom the most annoying feature in existence, you can add an Adblock / UBlock rule to block: ###intercom-container

Although it will still screw with the page title.

Comment author: korin43 21 September 2017 01:37:43PM 3 points [-]

Agghhh I can't leave this tab open because it does this:

https://media.giphy.com/media/VXND9U858tCH6/giphy.gif

Comment author: korin43 21 September 2017 01:32:26PM *  1 point [-]

For anyone else who finds intercom the most annoying feature in existence, you can add an Adblock / UBlock rule to block: ###intercom-container

Although it will still screw with the page title.

Comment author: korin43 17 July 2017 05:19:07PM 3 points [-]

As a matter of short term practicality currently we don't have the hardware for GPU acceleration. This limits the things we can do, but at this stage of learning most of the time spent is on understanding and implementing the basic concepts anyway.

For what you're doing, GPU stuff probably doesn't make that big of a difference. Convolutional networks will train and run faster, but a digit recognition network should be tiny and fast anyway.

Comment author: vackosar 11 July 2017 07:21:45PM 2 points [-]

I am new joiner. This is the best post I have seen here so far. Its up there with Moloch post at Slate Star. What is "majority ethnicity" - majority ethnicity of LW? BTW, anybody uses eliptical trainer instead of threadmill?

Comment author: korin43 11 July 2017 11:16:41PM 1 point [-]

In 2016, the "Less Wrong Diaspora" was 86% non-hispanic "white": http://lesswrong.com/lw/nmk/2016_lesswrong_diaspora_survey_analysis_part_one/

Comment author: korin43 28 June 2017 03:13:45AM 0 points [-]

You might like the book "The End of Time" by Julian Barbour. It's about an alternative view of physics where you rearrange all of the equations to not include time. The book describes the result sort of similarly to what you're suggesting, where the system is defined as the relationship between things and the evolution of those relationships and not precise locations and times.

In response to Priors Are Useless
Comment author: korin43 22 June 2017 04:59:46PM 5 points [-]

I think you lost me at the point where you assume it's trivial to gather an infinite amount of evidence for every hypothesis.

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