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Springtime for the basilisk

Fresh from its cameo in Silicon Valley, today’s news is basilisk as matchmaker, Elon Musk and Grimes having bonded over its rococo incarnation. I wondered how Roko himself is doing. I found that six months ago, he proposed a refinement … Continue reading

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A minor update

Roko’s basilisk was recently cited on a major TV series, “Silicon Valley”, a comedy about startups. So it might be a good time to catch up. The picture in the previous post was of pop star Grimes, playing a character … Continue reading

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Pop culture is full of surprises

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The basilisk’s ghost

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

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Blessed silence

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.

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The basilisk has escaped into the wild

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

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The two parts of the basilisk

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

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