Posts Tagged ‘AI’

Chaos Patch (#107)

(Open thread + links)

RF on Dugin (1, 2) and the secure state (1, 2). Ugly Americans. Stubborn infertility. Beware Hobbes. Talking nihilism (+). Reactionary books. The weekly round.

A Curtis Yarvin AMA. Agonies of inclusion. Little red snowflakes. More (and more) despicable idiocy.

Jihad in Brussels (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). Predictive hit and miss. Guerrilla war. The ‘gray zone’ isn’t working. More to come (!, !!). Tintin, shitlord. Spandrell’s take. Meanwhile, elsewhere. Death of the spider people. The French model. Orban speaks. Japan dips a toe in stupid. The CIA is on it. Islam is a nightmare for everyone else (also). Corrupted language. Ambiguity at the State Department. Ruin spiral in South Africa. Chaos in Brazil. Water worries in SE Asia. A (brief) geopolitical round-up.

NIRP desperation. Mighty Amazon. A drone milestone.

Everyone loses. Derbyshire on Williamson. The delicate generation (relevant). The left eats itself (part n).

Trumpenführer panic report (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). End of the GOP. Flashlights and networks. “‘It was like cross burning,’ Tucker told me.” Libertarians for Trump. Confusion at AIPAC. “Is he so wrong?” Paglia’s latest. Know your White Trash. A note on Weimar elections.

Freedom of speech under pressure. Mind-control meet-up. PC has an export problem. Vice slides. Chilled on warming. Jacobin Mag.

Apocalypse Corner. America is cooked. “I admit: I’ve been early on this …” Trans-FOOM.

Minimal tolerance. American racial composition. Race and crime (related). Expert consensus on the heritability of IQ.

Horizontal genetics. The neural code. CRISPR at work. Synthetic life update. Arachno-vibration.

Quantum AI arms race. Neuromorphic computational infrastructure. Face capture. Brain emulation comes first. It’s complexicated. The Tay problem. The case for cryonics.

Who can say that AI, in a not too distant future, will not replace democracies with more intelligent and dynamic constitutions?”

Commerce and culture. Petrific souls. Human and angelic atheism. Dangers of currency debasement.

March 27, 2016admin 43 Comments »
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Tay Goes Cray


This story covers the basics. (More here, and here.)

Mecha-Hitler just passed the Turing Test.

If this doesn’t earn the FAI-types a billion dollars in emergency machine-sensitivity funding, nothing will.

Continue Reading

March 24, 2016admin 39 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#105)

(Open thread + links)

Metaculture. The global polyhedron (1, 2). Fake flights from selection. Mandatory participation in providence. Cropped-back ‘concerns‘. The asymmetric spectrum. Raw power. Mind-control. Uncontrolled government (is cancer). Hoppe against democracy (podcast). The weekly round (the SSC link-fest).

The “war on western lifestyle” [*facepalm*]. Droned. Submarine Karachi? SA mark-down. Europe raped (1, 2) rightwards (1, 2, 3). Canadian immigration madness. Multicultural knots. Where it could end. China in Djibouti. The inevitability of war (plus). Weakness provokes aggression (1, 2). Democracy and globalization in retreat. End of Neoconservatism.

Price discovery on Rohypnol. The metallic break-point. Trust destruction. Panic at the ECB. SF versus tech. Oil economics. Surveillance capitalism.

Trumpenführer panic report (1, 2, 3, 4). Street politics (plus). Revolution 2.0. “… the GOP would obviously prefer to lose the election rather than have Trump win” (note). Racial politics. Signs of sympathy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). Ditch and switch. An upside-down version of the Outsideness strategy for leftists. Trump in context (1, 2, 3).

America’s four parties. “In order to accelerate the collapse, the best president will be the person who is the most corrupt, the most pro-government and most anti-liberty.”

Twitter and beyond. Cli-fi. #TheTriggering (plus). Politicized science (video). The diversity scam.

IQ matters more. Han genetics. The $999 genome. Biology goes ape. Psychology in crisis (1, 2, 3). What should a theory of consciousness look like? Genius geno-tech (video). Faith in evolution.

AI beats LSD (1, 2, 3), but the human resistance wins one (+). Eye-to-claw coordination (via). Scalable quantum computation update. A micropayments marketplace. Fear of blockchains.

Largest object in the cosmos? Bacterial electro-communication. CRISPR revolution. Boneless (video). Isolation.

Productive philosophy. The Omega visionary. Its from bits. Enlightenment to entanglement. In defense of boredom.

March 13, 2016admin 24 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#53)

(Here‘s the HN thread.)

ADDED: “… the Google subsidiary’s AlphaGo program is far from its only project — it’s not even the main one. As co-founder Demis Hassabis said earlier in the week, DeepMind wants to ‘solve intelligence,’ and he has more than a few ideas about how to get there. …”

March 11, 2016admin 13 Comments »
FILED UNDER :Discriminations

Chaos Patch (#100)

(Open thread + links)

“Asymmetric warfare only works when the weaker party has political protection.” Cosmic evolution. Compressed exit. Closet cleaning (1, 2). On loudmouths. Power. Signals (also). Libertarianism on a knife edge. Defending Roosh (1, 2). The weekly round.

The wisdom of Davos. Taleb on Modi. Europe’s tech failure. State of emergency. White flight in Germany. Europe through Chinese eyes. Blame the EU (for this). Saudi pain. Venezuela alone.

Capitalism in the crosshairs. The triad of fear. Dirty pools. Time-horizons. Left-wing capitalism. The New Economics of Oil. Give gold a chance. Arms races and regulation. LinkedIn crashes (plus context).

Jacksonians are missed. Private governance made modernity. The house divided. Against primitivism.

Trumpenführer panic report — the coarsening. Huffpo helpfully reminds its readers “Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist, birther and bully …” The Brooks denial deepens. The realist candidate (in this case, at least). Nobel Prize material? A Carlylean take. Unstumpable.

Buchanan vs Williamson. Against decadence. Angry Americans. A Cruz primer. Economic determinism.

Jihad in Europe (1, 2, 3). A modest suggestion. Molyneux and Watson soothe your concerns (video). Hmmm. “Sorry, what was the question again?”

Dawkins disinvited. The war on comments (1, 2). Educational implosion (plus 1, 2, 3). Facebook and Twitter struggle to keep focused (also). Twitter and NRx. Gnon knows what’s happening at GitHub. The Left is embarrassing itself. Unsettled science.

Canalization. Dangerous young men. On Jones’ IQ Paradox. … race (1, 2). Segregation is good again. HBD and democracy.

Thoughts on the Reformation.

Apocalypse Corner — The meaning of collapse. Death spiral. The deluges to come.

AI can’t be stopped (video). A fusion breakthrough in Germany (see also)? Submarine date centers. Israeli cyber-security. Crypto-sabotage. A bitcoin-powered browser. Deep learning on a chip. AI and Google search (also relevant). The world’s biggest robot. A visual guide to asteroid mining.

Alexander on Superforecasting (1, 2). Flashlight philosophy. Cultural preparation for posthumanity. Sanskrit and the elements.

February 7, 2016admin 87 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#99)

(Open thread + links)

Call it the Deep Right? Tick war. Salami tactics. Mises and fascism. Ethnomasochism. Questions of organization. Economic links. Reflections on the Alt-Right (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Something new. The weekly round.

The Hell that is Pakistan. Trapped by the Saudis. The chaos to come. America’s opportunity. China troubles (1, 2, 3), and related. Commercialization of hard security. The demographic dimension. Skyscraper index in space and time. Tax crisis? “Democracy …”

Shale 2.0. “A new mall hasn’t been built in the US since 2006.” Against ‘welfare for all’. A dead cowboy. The F-35 catastrophe. Radical tech-deflation. Shadow power. Hyperthyroidism in American politics.

Trumpenführer panic report — confusion and mad, terrified shrieking (1, 2, 3, 4 (see)). Riding the pendulum. Conservative breakdown (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Acceptance (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). “On 4chan’s My Little Pony board … support for Trump is unanimous …” (and other lunacy). Fox left in the lurch (1, 2, 3).

Cologne after-shocks (1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6) and other related outrages. Assimilation failed. Honesty about Islam and homosexuality. Islamization of America.

The Duck versus Twitter (1, 2, 3, 4), also notable. Facebook and moral universalism. Dawkins disinvitation. The SJW mind. Blacklist.

Coates on the take, in context. Whitening of the Left (UK version). The Ferguson effect.

Human achievement database online (see also). Brightened by diversity. Thompson on Hive Mind. Intelligence and longevity. Where civilization breaks down. American Eugenics 1.0. Ridley on The Selfish Gene. A sermon on scientism. Science is annoying.

Apocalypse Corner. Preparation time. It’s on. AngloAmerican angles. The world economy is toast. America Alone (10 years on), and The Clash of Civilizations (20 years on).

Go is gone (1, 2, 3). Yudkowsky sounds the alarm. Some skepticism from the AI Guild, and from Go types. AI is our friend. Clarifications. Memristors hit the mainstream media. Retail automation. Notes on the blocksize limit (also 1, 2). DIY neurotronics. Distributed ‘democracy‘.

Climate obstreperousness from Spencer and Briggs.

Elusive space. Fungi in space. Water on Pluto.

Personal productivity heuristics. Tim Powers speaks.

January 31, 2016admin 33 Comments »
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A Correction

Just noticed that I’ve been accused of having “anthropomorphized capital” (by NBS). Gnon, no!

The point is this: If you think there’s a difference between capitalism and artificial intelligence you’re not seeing either at all clearly. The Austrians already understood that capitalism is an information processing system, and the decentralized robotics / networks types on the other side grasp that AI isn’t going to happen in a research lab. ‘Anthropomorphism’ has nothing to do with it. Complex Adaptive Systems are the place to start.

If you even vaguely understand what a convergent wave is, you’ve got most of what you need to discuss the topic, but if you haven’t read this classic you’re probably wasting everyone’s time.

ADDED: A (left-wing) Marxist discussion of the topic (and one that leaves most Neoreactionary musings in the dust).

January 26, 2016admin 117 Comments »

Chaos Patch (#82)

(Open thread + links)

Hestia’s website redesign. Blacklist. The XS pole. Lessons of aristocracy. Amerika online. Meme war. A propertarian reading list. The weekly round.

Religious roots of the Cathedral liberal elite. Aggressive sensitivity (exemplified, and also). Women broke capitalism. Academic rot.

Resilience of the Singapore provocation. How China sees Africa. “Arab Spring has predictably been an utter disaster.” Policy delirium. “I cannot overstate the damage Islam did to Western civilization.” Slaughter in SA.

Musk’s secret plan. Capitalism against commerce.

HBD blog top (actually pop) 23. Inheritance of executive function. Basics of race realism. Why the controversy? Smarts are scarce. Science-as-hate-fact.

Raspail speaks (noted, and also relevant). Death by demography. The fear. Madness in Germany (1, 2). Immigration and social order (or the opposite). The Bible on refugees.

Does religion exist? Religion and economic performance. “A part of us likes the idea of humanity ceasing to exist altogether.” Protestant Buddhism.

Climate complexity.

Great Filter nightmare fuel. Water on Mars (plus some practicalities, and a recollection). AI @ work?

Abnormal economics. McCloskey on Marxism. Assimilated futures. Meaning and pointing. Internet craziness.

October 4, 2015admin 33 Comments »
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Quote note (#188)

The model of algorithmic governance, lucidly outlined (from 2013):

The industrial revolution allowed us, for the first time, to start replacing human labor with machines on a large scale, and now we have advanced digitized factories and robotic arms that produce complex goods like automobiles all on their own. But this is only automating the bottom; removing the need for rank and file manual laborers, and replacing them with a smaller number of professionals to maintain the robots, while the management of the company remains untouched. The question is, can we approach the problem from the other direction: even if we still need human beings to perform certain specialized tasks, can we remove the management from the equation instead?

Most companies have some kind of mission statement; often it’s about making money for shareholders; at other times, it includes some moral imperative to do with the particular product that they are creating, and other goals like helping communities sometimes enter the mix, at least in theory. Right now, that mission statement exists only insofar as the board of directors, and ultimately the shareholders, interpret it. But what if, with the power of modern information technology, we can encode the mission statement into code; that is, create an inviolable contract that generates revenue, pays people to perform some function, and finds hardware for itself to run on, all without any need for top-down human direction?

(This isn’t the argument, merely the concept.)

The whole series (by Vitalik Buterin), parts 1, 2, 3. (A fourth part was promised, but I’ve not been able to find any trace of it.)

September 30, 2015admin 5 Comments »
FILED UNDER :Political economy

Short Circuit

Probably the best short AI risk model ever proposed:

I can’t find the link, but I do remember hearing about an evolutionary algorithm designed to write code for some application. It generated code semi-randomly, ran it by a “fitness function” that assessed whether it was any good, and the best pieces of code were “bred” with each other, then mutated slightly, until the result was considered adequate. […] They ended up, of course, with code that hacked the fitness function and set it to some absurdly high integer.

… Any mind that runs off of reinforcement learning with a reward function – and this seems near-universal in biological life-forms and is increasingly common in AI – will have the same design flaw. The main defense against it this far is simple lack of capability: most computer programs aren’t smart enough for “hack your own reward function” to be an option; as for humans, our reward centers are hidden way inside our heads where we can’t get to it. A hypothetical superintelligence won’t have this problem: it will know exactly where its reward center is and be intelligent enough to reach it and reprogram it.

The end result, unless very deliberate steps are taken to prevent it, is that an AI designed to cure cancer hacks its own module determining how much cancer has been cured and sets it to the highest number its memory is capable of representing. Then it goes about acquiring more memory so it can represent higher numbers. If it’s superintelligent, its options for acquiring new memory include “take over all the computing power in the world” and “convert things that aren’t computers into computers.” Human civilization is a thing that isn’t a computer.

(It looks superficially like a version of the — absurdpaperclipper, but it isn’t, at all.)

ADDED: Wirehead central.

June 3, 2015admin 38 Comments »
FILED UNDER :Apocalypse