Comment author: nexech 10 October 2017 02:49:03PM 3 points [-]

Do you know of any resources discussing the pros and cons of the introduction of new government agencies?

An idea worth discussing, regardless.

Comment author: purplepeople 11 August 2017 12:18:52AM 1 point [-]

For people who know how politics works: are petitions ever effective? Or writing letters to people-who-matter? Or something else?

Comment author: nexech 24 August 2017 07:46:08PM 0 points [-]

Anecdotally, in descending order of efficacy: Phone call to representative from their voter > email to representative from their voter > petition.

Comment author: nexech 28 February 2017 06:40:05PM 0 points [-]

In Bostromian AI Safety people often talk about human-level intelligence, defined roughly as more efficient mental performance than humans on all tasks humans care about. Has anyone ever tried to sketch out some subsets of human abilities that would still be sufficient to make a software system highly disruptive? This could develop into a stronger and more specific claim than Bostrom's. For example, perhaps a system with 'just' a superhuman ability to observe and model economics, or to find new optimization algorithms (etc) could be almost as concerning to a more vaguely defined 'human-level intelligence' AGI.

Comment author: Linch 05 January 2017 11:57:56PM 2 points [-]

META: The EAForum is usually a vehicle for people to launch reasonably well-researched, interesting and informative articles that they've written, typically ones that are relevant to a decent proportion of the EA population.The comments are then used for subtle disagreements, criticisms, and clarifications.

However, some of the recent posts have been of the form "Hey what do you think of X?" or "Do people have links to Y?" or "Should we do Z", which seems more appropriate for reddit or a Facebook group. Ie, treating it like an actual forum rather than a metaphorical forum.

Do people think (like me) that the classical norms governing the EAForum makes more sense? Or should we allow it to organically develop (or encourage it to develop) into more a forum style communication, with short top-level posts and lots of back and forth?

I am hoping that having regular open threads will solve the problem,so that people who want indexable conversations can be satisfied and people who go to EAForum for the long posts will be happy as well.

Comment author: nexech 28 February 2017 06:36:41PM 0 points [-]

I also think there is some demand for less-formal discussion here (such as in Open Threads, like you say) because of the current somewhat-low population at

I agree that a subreddit could fill this niche, however i am not aware of any currently existing subreddit for this.

Comment author: nexech 16 December 2016 06:06:23PM 0 points [-]

Curiously, the only typo i see is in the line about typos at the end.