He said he was lucky, I said that the luck is responsible for at most the half of it, the rest was his brilliance, which is genetic. Which is a kind of luck, too, I admit.

Many interesting anecdotes, but not as interesting as his cleverness in problems solving. Problems spotting at the first place, maybe. Where to substitute wood with plastics and make millions? How to spray perfumes? For hundreds of years, nobody bothered with this problem. But he did and solved it.

Then we spoke about AI. Which isn’t as clever as he was in his prime days, but it’s about to become. I didn’t formulate this so directly but he understood it anyway, I guess. I don’t think he believed that. Or even considered it remotely plausible for a second. I told him, that I am not promising him anything. Only that chess has fallen recently and that when chemistry will fall too, there will be no more medical problems anymore. He expressed some deep general pessimism then, which I hate to see, for may it be a bad omen. To whom express it.

His life minus his daughter’s tragic death was as good as a man’s life can be.

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Let me try! Until we have no algorithm, we have an open and “impossible” AI problem. Then, we have at least an lousy algorithm. Then we have a better algorithm. Then we have a superhuman level solving algorithm. Therefore, one day we will have the so-called AGI, when we will have one billion or more algorithms stacked so nifty, that they will trigger the most promising one among them, to solve any problem which may appear. A new algorithm will be devised when needed. In their free time, all those algorithms will be under optimization process and re-stacked often. Every aspect of this algorithm-hive will be the subject of a constant effort to improve.

And this we will call AGI. The above-mentioned skeptic club will call it “an increasingly large pile of self-improving algorithms for various tasks, nothing new”.

Fine.

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If is it more chess-like complicated or Go-like complicated, depends on a particular working place in question, but it’s almost always complicated! Human schedulers are surprisingly good, as human chess players are surprisingly good. But only to a point when the machine with the algorithm arrives. A human is no match for the top engines.

There is a superhuman level scheduler called WoShi now. Partly responsible for the hiatus we had on this blog. We are field testing it right now.

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## I write a sequence of n heads or tails on paper.

## I then start flipping a sequence of n coins. If next coin does not match my sequence, I restart a new sequence of n coins.

## What is the rule for the relationship between how many coins I need to flip to get the sequence I have pre-committed to and the length of the sequence of?

Discussion there:

http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/pg3/open_thread_september_25_october_1_2017/dxlt

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37 and 11 are primes. As 31 and 71.

Can you produce a bigger one than 2×2? 5×5 perhaps, or even larger “prime crossword”? In decimal, binary, hexadecimal or whatever notation.

You might discuss it here:

http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/pf6/open_thread_september_18_september_24_2017/dxcr

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Discus!

http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/peg/open_thread_september_11_september_17_2017/dx11

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https://www.facebook.com/Poglavar/?pnref=story

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Here is a fair coin. I will toss it and if it lands head up, your memories will be erased and you will be put to sleep again and then you’ll wake up after some time in this exactly the same scenario.

If the coin lands tails up, however, you’ll get this fair coin to play with as long as you wish. After then, you will be asked for a number. If that number is equal to the number of times you have been awakened like this, you will be freed.

If your number isn’t right, your memories will be erased and you will be put to sleep again and then you’ll wake up after some time in this exactly the same scenario.

What is your strategy to be freed? If not this time, but eventually?

You know that this dungeon master is telling you the truth. So this may be your first time or the second or the Nth time.

What is your best strategy to escape?

Talk about it here:

http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/pd5/open_thread_august_28_september_3_2017/dwkw

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How many Amazon size rivers do you need on Antarctica on average during all this time?

How many liters of water per second per one meter of Antartica’s shore does this mean?

Chatter:

http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/pcf/open_thread_august_21_august_27_2017/dweh

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http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/pby/open_thread_august_14_august_20_2017/dw8j

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