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Apr 21, 2024

Progress requires experimentation. Suggested ways AI could speed progress by automating experiments appear mistaken.

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Apr 17, 2024

Forgive the sound quality on this episode; I recorded it live in front of an audience on a platform floating in a lake during the 2024 solar eclipse.

This is a standalone essay by David Chapman on How scientific research is like cunnilingus: a phenomenology of epistemology.

Apr 7, 2024

What Is The Role Of Intelligence In Science?

Actually, what are “science” and “intelligence”? Precise, explicit definitions aren’t necessary, but discussions of Transformative AI seem to depend implicitly on particular models of both. It matters if those models are wrong.

Mar 10, 2024

Radical Progress Without Scary AI: Technological progress, in medicine for example, provides an altruistic motivation for developing more powerful AIs. I suggest that AI may be unnecessary, or even irrelevant, for that. We may be able to get the benefits without the risks.

Feb 18, 2024

Recognize that AI is probably net harmful: Actually-existing and near-future AIs are net harmful—never mind their longer-term risks. We should shut them down, not pussyfoot around hoping they can somehow be made safe.

Create a negative public image for AI: Most funding for...