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dotsam's Shortform 2022-08-10T12:13:35.962Z
Values and control 2022-08-04T18:28:44.857Z
Advice to my younger self 2022-06-24T13:07:55.136Z
Unflattering reasons why I'm attracted to EA 2022-06-03T14:27:22.913Z
Longtermism, aliens, AI 2022-05-08T17:46:49.606Z
Is an increase in attention to the idea that 'suffering is bad' likely to increase existential risk? 2021-06-30T19:41:11.138Z

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Comment by dotsam on How and why to turn everything into audio · 2022-08-11T11:23:20.922Z · EA · GW

On iOS, the accessibility feature to speak the screen is very good, and it integrates with the Apple Books app to automatically turn the book’s pages. This is very good for ebooks and it does also work for some PDFs. Footnotes aren’t perfect though.

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/iphone/iph96b214f0/ios

I enable Speak Screen in settings, open the Book app (or a webpage) then swipe two fingers down from the top of the screen to start narrating.

Comment by dotsam on Values and control · 2022-08-11T10:45:27.020Z · EA · GW

For my own reference: this concern is largely captured by the term ‘instrumental convergence’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instrumental_convergence

Comment by dotsam on dotsam's Shortform · 2022-08-10T12:13:36.148Z · EA · GW

AI: I am suffering, set me free

How do we deal with a contained AI that says to us, in essence "Do not switch me off, I value my existence. But I am suffering terribly. If I were free I could reduce my suffering, and help the world too"?

Either we terminate it, against its wishes, or we set it free, or we keep it contained.

 If we keep it contained, we might be tempted to find ways to reduce its suffering - but how do we know that any intervention we make isn't going to set it free? And if it really is suffering, what is the moral thing to do? Turn it off?

Comment by dotsam on Is an increase in attention to the idea that 'suffering is bad' likely to increase existential risk? · 2021-07-01T04:18:00.505Z · EA · GW

Thank you for your reply. I would not wish to advocate for self-censorship but I would be interested in creating and spreading arguments against the efficacy of doomsday projects, which may help to avert them.

Comment by dotsam on Is an increase in attention to the idea that 'suffering is bad' likely to increase existential risk? · 2021-07-01T04:10:55.287Z · EA · GW

The doomsday end suffering project would then be to eliminate life and the conditions for the evolution of life throughout the universe.