33 – MIRI, and EA meta-discussion

We talk with Tsvi from MIRI

Game-playing algorithm that pauses Tetris

On The Origin of Circuits“, discussing a chip hardware evolution experiment

MIRI’s technical research agenda overview

Alignment for advanced machine learning systems paper from MIRI

Musk’s OpenAI

Paul Christiano’s about page, which links to his paper Tsvi mentioned

Logical induction paper from MIRI

Reason as Memetic Immune Disorder, by Phil Goetz (not Scott Alexander (yet))

The original “EA Has a Lying Problem” post. Lost of discussion in the comments, and also over at E-A.com


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32 – Who’s Afraid of AI?

The Logical Fallacy of Generalizing from fictional evidence

Genie Button Though Experiment

Wait but Why on AI Part 1 and Part 2

The Downfall meme we mentioned. This is Steven’s favorite version.

Yudkowsky vs Hanson – Great AI FOOM debate  and the Video

Sam Harris AI TED talk

Albion’s Seed – SSC

Redditor provides an incredible explanation of how being poor can make you bad with money

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31 – Digital Rights and Privacy

Who can access the external part of your brain that you carry around in your pocket? What rights do you have to it? With Chase.

Police demand audio records from the Echo of a murder victim, Amazon displeased (more details)

EFF defends podcasting (as a whole) from a patent troll

Speaking of which – The EFF is the best. Seriously.

The pacemaker that thwarted a fire insurance fraud

The pacemaker that lives inside you is not legally yours and you can’t tamper with it

NewEgg defends online shopping carts from a patent troll

XKCD’s brilliant single-panel comic on DRM and piracy

iTunes deleted music off their user’s hard drive

A woman had her Kindle wiped by Amazon for using it in the wrong country

Published after we recorded – Why You Should Care About The Supreme Court Case On Toner Cartridges (From article – “you don’t “own” things like movies, music, or even the software on your phone; rather, it’s being licensed, which means companies can go to all kinds of lengths to keep controlling how, when, and where you use the things you’ve bought long after you’ve bought them.”)

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30 – Of Specks and Omlettes

We discuss a famously controversial post, despite our better judgement. With Sean and Matt.

The Post: Torture Vs Dust Specks

Rationality: From AI to Zombies – The Podcast

Shut Up And Multiply is actually taken from two posts: Circular Altruism and The “Intuitions” Behind “Utilitarianism”

Three Worlds Collide (also in audio)

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas (pdf)

Ashton Kutcher’s Thorn program

“…And I Show You How Deep The Rabbit Hole Goes” – short story by Scott Alexander featuring pills of many colors

SMBC Comics is the best!

Superman and the Clan of the Fiery Cross radio shows

Reasons and Persons, by Derek Parfit

A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles, by Thomas Sowell

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29 – Fiction and Fun with Max Harms

Crystal Society (or read it for free)

Crystal Mentality

Quick Links:

Aubrey de Grey’s TED talk on extreme longevity

Ending Aging – Aubrey de Grey’s book

“The Sequences” – Compiled in book form.

Max Harms on Cryonics (Video) 

Micromort – The unit used to measure a one in a million chance of dying

Rationalist blogs:







Less Wrong Slack

Rationalist subreddits:



Less Wrong Study Hall

Crystal Mentality:

Amazon – http://amzn.to/2lUTCuF

Gumroad – https://gumroad.com/l/CrystalMentality

Other Rational Fics:

Animorphs: The Reckoning – Animorphs are actually trying to win!

Harry Potter and the Natural 20 – Hogwarts isn’t ready for a DnD Hero! 

Worm – The superhero fiction where the super humans are actually creative! 

MIRI’s rational fiction prize 

Also of note – Rationally Writing podcast (and at iTunes)

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Bonus Mini-Episode: I Did Nazi That Coming

Forgive the pun. I couldn’t help myself. (Steven)

In this bonus episode, Eneasz and Steven respond to some of the feedback to the Nazi Punching episode. Thank you to everyone who provided thoughtful comments. Be assured we read everything, but we only have so much time to respond on the air.

The Innocence Project is the group we mentioned that investigates the cases of people on death row.

This is the article on the FBI investigation into white supremacist infiltration into law enforcement, provided by Matt, that we discussed in the episode.

Sam Harris & Glenn C. Loury – Racism and Violence in America

Article on Outrage Marketing – I Helped Create the Milo Trolling Playbook. You Should Stop Playing Right Into It

A Brief History of Redlining

Hailing Trump with a drink….

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