There is a post at Less Wrong today called “Fixing akrasia: damnation to acausal hell”. Akrasia means weakness of will. It’s a recurring theme on Less Wrong – it has its own entry at the LW wiki – for two … Continue reading
The RationalWiki page on the basilisk, and the accompanying talk page, last saw action almost a month ago. And I can see no further references to the basilisk on Twitter in that same period.
Just a few weeks ago, the Less Wrong basilisk was still an obscure concept, notable mostly as a mysterious in-joke at the forum where it first briefly saw light. I considered myself to be moving slowly towards a formal refutation … Continue reading
There is an increasingly common account of the basilisk, in which fear of the future AI is supposed to be based on straightforward prediction of the future, plus a little self-referential hocus-pocus. Here is an analogy for this popularized version … Continue reading
Having put all my words back into public view, I don’t know when I’ll get back to this blog. While the official response to the basilisk has been an embarrassing mistake, the idea emerges from an interesting context. I may … Continue reading