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Comment author: RomeoStevens 28 March 2017 08:31:18AM 3 points [-]

Optimizing for a narrower set of criteria allows more optimization power to be put behind each member of the set. I think it is plausible that those who wish to do the most good should put their optimization power behind a single criteria, as that gives it some chance to actually succeed. The best candidate afaik is right to exit, as it eliminates the largest possible number of failure modes in the minimum complexity memetic payload. Interested in arguments why this might be wrong.

Comment author: Zeke_Sherman 28 March 2017 05:26:15PM *  1 point [-]

Optimizing for a narrower set of criteria allows more optimization power to be put behind each member of the set. I think it is plausible that those who wish to do the most good should put their optimization power behind a single criteria, as that gives it some chance to actually succeed.

Only if you assume that there are high thresholds for achievements.

The best candidate afaik is right to exit, as it eliminates the largest possible number of failure modes in the minimum complexity memetic payload.

I do not understand what you are saying.

Edit: do you mean, the option to get rid of technological developments and start from scratch? I don't think there's any likelihood of that, it runs directly counter to all the pressures described in my post.

Comment author: RomeoStevens 28 March 2017 07:07:18PM 2 points [-]

right to exit means right to suicide, right to exit geographically, right to not participate in a process politically etc.