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Slate Star Codex Podcast

Sep 17, 2020

Connor Leahy discusses the idea of an 'AGI Fire Alarm' and argues GPT-3 might be the last such warning we'll receive before it's too late to act.


Sep 13, 2020

Suppose a lot of that stuff about bravery debates is right.

That lots of the advice people give is useful for some people, but that the opposite advice is useful for other people.

For example, “You need to stop being so hard on yourself, remember you are your own worst critic” versus “Stop making excuses for...


Sep 13, 2020

It’s been two and a half months since I deleted the blog, so I owe all of you an update on recent events.

I haven’t heard anything from the New York Times one way or the other. Since nothing has been published, I’d assume they dropped the article, except that they approached an acquaintance for another interview...


Sep 7, 2020

Trigger warning: deliberately provoking horror about graduates’ real-​world post-​college prospects.

Epistemic status: intended as persuasive speech, may somewhat overstate case.


Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to have been invited to speak here at the great University of [mumble]. Go Wildcats, Spartans,...


Sep 1, 2020

[Related: Tyler Cowen on rationalistsNoah Smith on rationalistsWill Wilkinson on rationalists, etc]

If I were an actor in an improv show, and my prompt was “annoying person who’s never read any economics, criticizing economists”, I think I could nail it. I’d say something like:

Economists think that they...