A recap of benefits, regrets, and unexpected things that happened as part of my writing challenge. Also a taste of what is yet to come!
This morning, I read the 2014 FHI policy brief "Unprecedented Technological Risks". Unusually critically-minded today, I found it easy to notice some assumptions that were at least non-obvious to me, which in turn might point either to them lacking justification, or me not having looked at them well enough. Weird assumptions I don't have much … Continue reading Unclear assumptions in AI risk
What are the primary risks to society of failure for AI systems, and how can these risks be monitored and addressed at scale?DeepMind Ethics & Society I found myself cringing away from the question, while at the same time dismissing it - a sure sign that I should look at it for at least half … Continue reading AI risk: bullets, bullet-points, and poems
This painfully reminds me of my seventh-grade history teacher, who desperately tried to convince us of the importance of history, bringing in a song in one of our early lessons in the attempt to be cool. I remember of the 9th of November not only that it was the night of the nazi pogrom, but … Continue reading What can (and should) we learn from history?
Spoiler: I don't really know. There are a couple of examples that come to mind. Corporate innovation: the Bell labs (like described in this book - incidentally, I had never previously heard about them outside of phonology classes, so it took a while to realise that they were a big thing). Apple, I guess. Oh, … Continue reading How does innovation work?
The following is a brief collection of instances where I felt like others were operating under very different background assumptions, which made for both interesting and sometimes puzzling conversation.
In this post, I don't actually answer the question directly, or orderly, or in a very evidence-based way. Instead, I try to give you an insight into why I'm upset by people not taking feminism seriously, and related things.
I am sorry. This is an awfully broad question, but it's already late (which I notice by counting the number of spelling mistakes I make in a sentence - 4 in this one so far, ah, now 5). I had lots of thinking time and reading time and discussion time today. My head is one … Continue reading What do we need to forecast AI development?
This is a bit of a self-serving question, since I'm currently trying to write a research proposal for a Master's programme and am having a hard time getting started. I suspect that the method of just writing down things will be useful also for this one. Hm, hm, hm. Where to even start? Okay: I … Continue reading What should I research?
Trying to get a handle on how neural networks and deep learning work. Also how to fool a neural net, and speculations about the future of AI.