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Comment author: madhatter 27 March 2017 12:22:01PM 1 point [-]

Let me also add that while a sadist can parallelize torture, it's also possible to parallelize euphoria, so maybe that mitigates things to some extent.

Comment author: madhatter 25 March 2017 02:50:02PM 0 points [-]

Quick note: I put a 1 for the driving question because I don't drive

Comment author: madhatter 24 March 2017 11:47:53PM 0 points [-]

This is brilliant

Comment author: madhatter 21 March 2017 10:28:54PM 1 point [-]

Can someone explain why UDT wasn't good enough? In what case does UDT fail? (Or is it just hard to approximate with algorithms)?

Comment author: madhatter 21 March 2017 12:26:49AM 0 points [-]

So wait, why is FDT better than UDT? Are there situations where UDT fails?

[Link] Superintelligence discussed on Startalk

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Comment author: MrMind 16 March 2017 08:44:34AM 0 points [-]

understand human consciousness has a huge expected value

Does it? What do you think would be an expected return of the discovery of the precise mechanics of consciousness? Or what if neuroscience dissolves consciousness?

Comment author: madhatter 16 March 2017 11:58:32AM 0 points [-]

Well, suppose it increases awareness of the threat of AGI, if we can prove that consciousness is not some mystical, supernatural phenomenon. Because it would be more clear that intelligence is just about information processing.

Furthermore, the ethical debate about creating artificial consciousness in a computer (mindcrime issues, etc.) would very shortly become a mainstream issue, I would imagine.

Comment author: madhatter 16 March 2017 02:12:55AM 0 points [-]

Is neuroscience research underfunded? If so, I've been thinking more and more that trying to understand human consciousness has a huge expected value, and maybe EA should pay it more attention.

Comment author: James_Miller 10 March 2017 07:44:55PM 2 points [-]

The leader of North Korea apparently used a VX nerve agent to kill his half-brother in a Malaysian airport, thus loudly signaling that he is an unhinged sociopath with WMDs. I think a first strike attack on North Korea might be justified.

Comment author: madhatter 10 March 2017 09:47:29PM 1 point [-]

I read somewhere NK is collapsing, according to a top-level defector. Maybe it's best to wait things out.

Comment author: madhatter 09 February 2017 01:35:21AM 1 point [-]

Thanks for this topic! Stupid questions are my specialty, for better or worse.

1) Isn't cryonics extremely selfish? I mean, couldn't the money spent on cryopreserving oneself be better spend on, say, AI safety research?

2) Would the human race be eradicated if there is a worst-possible-scenario nuclear incident? Or merely a lot of people?

3) Is the study linking nut consumption to longevity found in the link below convincing?


And if so, is it worth a lot of effort promoting nut consumption in moderation?

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