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PeterMcIntyre comments on Cognitive Science/Psychology As a Neglected Approach to AI Safety - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: PeterMcIntyre  (EA Profile) 22 June 2017 04:10:14PM *  1 point [-]

We agree these are technical problems, but for most people, all else being equal, it seems more useful to learn ML rather than cog sci/psych. Caveats: 1. Personal fit could dominate this equation though, so I'd be excited about people tackling AI safety from a variety of fields. 2. It's an equilibrium. The more people already attacking a problem using one toolkit, the more we should be sending people to learn other toolkits to attack it.

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 22 June 2017 08:38:59PM 1 point [-]

it seems more useful to learn ML rather than cog sci/psych.

Got it. To clarify: if the question as framed as "should AI safety researchers learn ML, or should they learn cogsci/psych", then I agree that it seems better to learn ML.