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Carl_Shulman · 2013-11-05T23:08:35.000Z · score: 8 (7 votes) · comments (29)
I think it's really easy to get into heated philosophical discussions about whether EAs overall use too much or too little jargon. Rather than try to answer this broadly for EA as a whole, it might be helpful for individuals to conduct a few quick polls to decide for themselves whether they ought to change their lexicon.
Here's my poll as one example.
+1 here. I wasn't aware of this at all. Thank you for posting this again! Same situation as Rowan's. I'll finally get through some talks I've been putting off for a while :)evelynciara on When you shouldn't use EA jargon and how to avoid it
Great presentation! I wish you luck.
By the way, I get tired of saying "impact" since it's cited as a buzzword that people should avoid, especially in business. Do you recommend any synonyms for "impact" (as either a noun or a verb)?evelynciara on When you shouldn't use EA jargon and how to avoid it
"displacing (the impact of)"?robertharling on Things I Learned at the EA Student Summit
Thanks for this post Akash, I found it really interesting to read. I definitely agree with your point about how friendly EAs can be when you reach out to them. I think this is something I've been aware of for a while, but it still takes me time to internalise and make myself more willing to reach out to people. But it's definitely something I want to push myself to do more, and encourage other people to do. No one is going to be unhappy about someone showing an interest in their work and ideas!linch on seanrson's Shortform
Can you be a bit more specific than "aspiring AI researcher?" Eg, are they interested in AI Safety, are they interested in AI research for other EA reasons, etc.michaeldickens on seanrson's Shortform
You might try the East Bay EA/Rationality Housing Boardlinch on We're Lincoln Quirk & Ben Kuhn from Wave, AMA!
Some logistical questions:
1. Do either of you speak French or other languages common to Senegal and the Ivory Coast? If not, is the language barrier significant?
2. My understanding is that internet speeds and packet drops in some parts of Africa can be quite bad, in fact so much so that tech blogger Dan Luu used Ben's internet speeds as a baseline for horrible internet on his web bloat article. How do you guys work around this (eg is there good internet in national capitals)? Is this a serious bottleneck to either programming or online engagement (eg reading EA or startup blogs)? Why or why not?
3. Relatedly, what are some important bottlenecks and challenges in programming/designing for an audience that has slower internet, worse hardware, and is presumably less literate and tech savvy?
It's not particularly associated with the EA community – I think your impression there is correct. I'd say it's more generic nerd jargon than EA jargon. I actually don't think I hear it used especially often in EA.
I honestly don't remember the detailed connotations from Stranger in a Strange Land, but since I'm neither a Martian nor a member of a weird New-Agey Martian cult I don't consider this a huge disadvantage.willbradshaw on When you shouldn't use EA jargon and how to avoid it
I had a detailed comment here, but then I realised I seldom use the word "grok" anyway so I don't have much cause to be nitpicking other people's substitutions. :-P