Learning to recognize judgmental labels

In the spirit of Non-Violent Communication, I’ve today tried to pay more attention to my thoughts and notice any judgments or labels that I apply to other people that are actually disguised indications of my own needs. The first one that I noticed was this: within a few weeks I’ll be a visiting instructor at a science camp, teaching things to a bunch of teens and preteens. I was...

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Less Wrong posts

Less Wrong is “a community blog devoted to the art of human rationality”. In practice, there are all kinds of fascinating discussions on the site, on topics ranging from psychology to game theory and from futurism to self-improvement. I regularly post and comment on the site. Of the pieces that I’ve written, here are some of my favorites: Thoughts on moral intuitions. Attempts...

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Lisääkö talouskasvu hyvinvointia?

Talouskasvu lisää selkeästi aineellista vaurauttamme, mutta totumme nopeasti muuttuneeseen elintasoon, joten ei ole varmaa missä määrin talouskasvu lisää varsinaista hyvinvointiamme.

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Maverick Nannies and Danger Theses

I explain why I think that some of the thought experiments that have previously been used to illustrate the dangers of AI are flawed and should be used very cautiously, why I'm less worried about the dangers of AI than I used to be, and what are some of the remaining reasons for why I do continue to be somewhat worried. ~3500 words.

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Meditation insights: suffering is intrinsically bound together with pleasure

A principle which I’ve been gradually been able to observe and internalize, thanks both to meditation and some other mind-hacking practices, is that suffering is never about the pain itself. There are conditions in which people report pain but do not mind it; pain is just an attention signal. Pain does not intrinsically cause suffering: what causes suffering is experiencing the pain, and...

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Monta samanaikaista suhdetta – miksipä ei?

Monia seurustelusuhteita revitään joka hetki aivan turhaan rikki, koska ihmiset luulevat että rakastaa voi vain yhtä ihmistä kerrallaan. Turhan tyypillinen kuvio on, että suhteen toinen osapuoli rakastuu johonkuhun muuhun. Hän ei kuitenkaan uskalla kertoa tätä kumppanilleen, koska nykymaailmassa ei kunnolla edes tunnusteta moisen mahdollisuuden olemassaoloa. Ajatellaan, että yhteen...

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My knowledge as anti-knowledge

During my more pessimistic moments, I grow increasingly skeptical about our ability to know anything. Science, governmental institutions, the media, the Internet... all of these mostly fail.

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Nyky-yhteiskunta ja motivaation kuolema

Päivän Hesarissa olleesta mielipidekirjoituksesta: Kaikki lapset aloittavat innokkaina ekaluokan, mutta osalta motivaatio loppuu jatkuvien epäonnistumisten takia jo alakoulussa. […] Opeteltava aines on käsitteellistä, ja niinpä lapsi ei voi ymmärtää asioita, ne on vain muistettava. Minäkin olen yrittänyt opettaa 11-vuotiaalle väkisin kirkon herätysliikkeitä ja renessanssia –...

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Political logic 101

Sometimes, seeing somebody you disagree with make both silly and insightful claims can help reduce your own biases.

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Reality is broken, or, an XCOM2 review

Yesterday evening I went to the grocery store, and was startled to realize that I was suddenly in a totally different world. Computer games have difficulty grabbing me these days. Many of the genres I used to enjoy as a kid have lost their appeal: point-and-click -style adventure requires patience and careful thought, but I already deal with plenty of things that require patience and careful...

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Relationship compatibility as patterns of emotional associations

Much of relationship compatibility comes down to a fuzzy concept that’s variously referred to as “chemistry”, “clicking”, or just feeling good and comfortable in the other’s presence. This is infamously difficult to predict by any other means than actually spending time around the other. OKCupid-style dating sites, with their extensive batteries of questions...

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Saako hississä pyytää seksiä?

Hissit ovat näemmä päivän Internets-puheenaihe. Riippuen siitä keneltä kysyy, puhe on feministeistä jotka pitävät kaikkia miehiä potentiaalisina raiskaajina, siitä että viattomasta ehdottelusta ärsyyntyvät eivät välitä tyttöjen ympärileikkauksista, tai siitä että kahville pyytäminen on ahdistelua. Anteeksi mitä? Juttu alkoi viattomasta videoblogauksesta, jossa Rebecca...

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Sähkökirja uhkaa (ehkä) suomalaisia kirjailijoita

Sähkökirjojen yleistymisen on peloteltu laajentavan verkkopiratismin kirjoihin ja uhkaavan siten kirjailijoiden elantoa. Olen samaa mieltä siitä, että suomalaisten kirjailijoiden elanto saattaa sähkökirjojen myötä heiketä. Tai sitten ei. Piratismin kanssa sillä ei kuitenkaan ole mitään tekemistä. Sain viikko sitten käsiini Kindlen, Amazon-verkkokaupan sähkökirjanlukijan. Monet...

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Simplifying the environment: a new convergent instrumental goal

Convergent instrumental goals (also basic AI drives) are goals that are useful for pursuing almost any other goal, and are thus likely to be pursued by any agent that is intelligent enough to understand why they’re useful. They are interesting because they may allow us to roughly predict the behavior of even AI systems that are much more intelligent than we are. Instrumental goals are...

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Social media saps more than just short-term attention

The prevalent wisdom about why social media is distracting is that it provides a constant opportunity for immediate distraction. There's a lot of truth to that, but in addition to sapping our short-term attention, it also affects long-term attention.

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Software for Moral Enhancement

An algorithm will never slip up in a weak moment. What if we could identify when we are likely to make mistakes, figure out what we’d want to do instead, and then outsource our decisions to a reliable algorithm? In what ways could we use software to make ourselves into better people?

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Sydämeni on vasemmalla, aivoni eivät tiedä missä olisivat

Jos minulta kysyttäisiin olenko oikealla vai vasemmalla, en osaisi vastata. Tai ainakaan en osaisi tiivistää vastaustani pariin sanaan. Pohjimmaisia arvojani voi pitää suhteellisen vasemmistolaisina. Minusta valtion tehtävänä on luoda tilanne, jossa mahdollisimman moni yhteiskunnan jäsen voi mahdollisimman hyvin. Pidän vapautta tärkeänä, mutta pohjimmiltaan kuitenkin välinearvona....

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Teaching Bayesian networks by means of social scheming, or, why edugames don’t have to suck

As a part of my Master’s thesis in Computer Science, I am designing a game which seeks to teach its players a subfield of math known as Bayesian networks, hopefully in a fun and enjoyable way. This post explains some of the basic design and educational philosophy behind the game, and will hopefully also convince you that educational games don’t have to suck. I will start by discussing a...

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Teaching economics & ethics with Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker

Unusual ways to teach economics. I’m currently playing Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker, a silly but fun little game in which you run a dating agency and try to get your clients on successful dates and, eventually, into a successful relationship. Now one way of playing this would be to just prioritize the benefit of each client, trying to get them in maximally satisfying relationships as fast...

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Technology will destroy human nature

Human values, and human nature, are grounded in various constraints that keep us stuck in a relatively narrow space of possibilities. Once those constraints are relaxed, it seems likely that humanity will cease to exist.

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