Friday, December 21, 2018

Updated Rationality from AI to Zombies

I have created a new release candidate of the tex version of Rationality from AI to Zombies This version has been proofread from cover to cover. In other news, MIRI is also updating their version and has produced printed versions of the first two parts

Monday, December 10, 2018

Article on Anger

"""All of this anger-mongering in campaigns, whether subtle or overt, has had a corrosive effect on American democracy. A poll by The Washington Post found that 35 percent of voters in battleground districts of the 2018 midterm election chose the word angry to describe their feelings about the campaign; 24 percent chose patriotic. “The thing about political professionals is, we get to leave after the campaign is over,” the pollster Jefrey Pollock told me. “[We] don’t have to worry about what comes after the election.” These professionals aren’t moral crusaders, as Cesar Chavez was; they’re hired guns. After a long campaign, Pollock said, there’s “this huge group of passionate, energized people” who don’t know where to direct their anger.
As Chavez learned, that’s a perilous state of affairs. Without anyone to channel that anger, it can turn into a destructive obsession. And that’s when things can really get out of control."""

Friday, December 7, 2018

Why? (A computer mystifies me)

So I am trying to get a computer to boot that I haven't turned on for about three months. It refuses to turn on (no bios beeps, no fans, but the motherboard light is on). I replace the clock battery, reset the bios, vacuum the dust out, check that the power supply works, check the power button works with a multimeter, try reseating the power cables, nothing works. Then with the case off, I'm pressing the power button randomly, and one of the times I randomly spin the CPU fan, and then the computer just comes on when I spin the fan. Whiskey Tango Hotel? After that it has turned on a half dozen times fine.