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Comment author: Rick_from_Castify 16 December 2014 11:56:42PM 5 points [-]

Thanks for the offer Robin but we've decided to go with professionals. Early on we auditioned people from the LessWrong community and we decided that having a well produced reading with a professional voice actor makes a big difference on the listening experience.

Comment author: lukeprog 17 December 2014 12:11:22AM 3 points [-]


Comment author: Capla 16 December 2014 12:05:16AM 0 points [-]

Is this book a compilation of blogposts or a new text based on the material of the sequence I know and love?

Comment author: lukeprog 16 December 2014 01:00:34AM 1 point [-]

A compilation of blog posts.

Comment author: Ixiel 12 December 2014 11:12:12AM -1 points [-]

Fair enough. I'm just glad it's when not if. When I had no takers for $100/hr to get it done by Christmas I thought it would forever be a one-of-these-days pipe dream. Big and continuing thanks to all involved.

Comment author: lukeprog 12 December 2014 04:38:48PM 0 points [-]

When/where did you make the $100/hr offer?

Comment author: Ixiel 11 December 2014 09:23:01PM 3 points [-]

Is there a plan for how long it will be e-book only before releasing the real book?

Comment author: lukeprog 12 December 2014 07:10:00AM 3 points [-]

Not yet; the timeframe will depend partly on how quickly readers are finding lingering typos, how many they're finding, etc. It will also depend on how long it takes us to find a hardcopy publisher that we are confident will produce a physical thing that people will enjoy using and looking at.

Comment author: lukeprog 11 December 2014 09:04:39AM *  9 points [-]

Fun fact: back in 1994, Etzioni was co-author on (what is by now) one of the most-read mainstream AI papers on the subject of long-term AI safety challenges. But it wasn't about AGI or superintelligence.

Comment author: Bugmaster 10 December 2014 08:08:22PM 1 point [-]

Ok, in the spirit of rationality and openness, I have to admit: I'd love to get most of the audiobook volumes, but $50 is too rich for my blood. Is there a way you guys could introduce a cheaper option ? Something like, "All of the Sequences except for the Quantum Physics ones" for something like $25..$30 ?

Comment author: lukeprog 10 December 2014 09:53:17PM 5 points [-]

$50 is normal or even cheap for an audiobook of this length. Also, I'm hoping Castify can get it into the Audible catalog, in which case Audible users should be able to get it for a single Audible credit.

Comment author: jaime2000 10 December 2014 07:58:46PM 1 point [-]

The link is broken. Could you please provide a new one?

Comment author: lukeprog 10 December 2014 09:49:27PM 0 points [-]

It no longer exists, sorry.

Comment author: lukeprog 10 December 2014 12:27:21PM *  26 points [-]

LessWrong is getting ready to release an actual book that covers most of the material found in the Sequences.

To be more specific...

MIRI is preparing to release, in Q1 2015, an ebook version of The Sequences that has been pretty thoroughly proofread, rearranged to be a bit more concise and a lot more accessible to new readers, filled with short introductions to each newly defined 'sequence', and nicely typeset.

A hardcopy version (in multiple volumes) will follow, after readers have had some time to find the errors that we have missed. (An ebook file can easily be reissued with mistakes fixed; not so with hardcopy.)

This audiobook version produced by Castify (if the Kickstarter campaign succeeds) will be the official audiobook companion to the ebook and hardcopy versions. We've been in conversation with Rick about this for months, now.

Also, the book won't actually be titled The Sequences.

Comment author: Punoxysm 08 December 2014 09:00:49PM 7 points [-]

Can anyone link a deep discussion, including energy and time requirements, issues with spaceship shielding from radiation and collisions, etc., that would be involved in interstellar travel? I ask because I am wondering whether this is substantially more difficult than we often imagine, and perhaps a bottleneck in the Drake Equation

Comment author: lukeprog 10 December 2014 03:46:42AM 2 points [-]

A fair bit of this is either cited or calculated within "Eternity in six hours." See also my interview with one of its authors, and this review by Nick Beckstead.

Comment author: buybuydandavis 06 December 2014 10:11:49AM *  7 points [-]

Eric writes:

One major difference is that I learned techniques corresponding to much of the the Less Wrong analytical method from Alfred Korzybski’s discipline of General Semantics, a very long time ago.

Me too. One disappointment I had after coming here was finding that while Less Wrong might note that The Map Is Not the Territory, there was very little influence here from Korzybski himself, or even from the rest of General Semantics more generally. Which is too bad. It's good stuff, served up in conceptual chunks much like the sequences, and when I talk to people who have had real influence from GS, the level of conceptual sanity is always a cut above. The only example of someone with real knowledge of Korzybski I know of from LW is Richard Kennaway, who proves the rule again. I think even Dan Dennett had some oblique interest.

I remember Eric showing up on a small Stirnerite Egoist mailing list I was very involved in, peddling anarchism if I remember right. I don't think he stayed long. I seem to remember him being elsewhere too. Certainly Libernet. Paul Vixie's list? Maybe Extropians? He did get around. Very funny to have him pop up here too. It's a small world after all.

Comment author: lukeprog 07 December 2014 01:11:04PM 4 points [-]

Eliezer was influenced a lot by Korzybyski via Hayakawa's Language in Thought and Action.

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