Results of $1,000 Oracle contest!

Al­most a year ago, I posted a con­test to find the best ques­tions to ask an Or­a­cle AI. I’ve been very slow in grad­ing it, apolo­gies for that, but here are the fi­nal re­sults and the sump­tu­ous cash prizes.

First of all, thanks for ev­ery­one who wrote an en­try; even if your sug­ges­tion didn’t win, most of them had in­ter­est­ing ideas that made me think. But here are the prizes:

Coun­ter­fac­tual Oracle

  • $350 for the best ques­tion(s) to ask a coun­ter­fac­tual Or­a­cle, awarded to Wei_Dai for any one of these posts.

The best coun­ter­fac­tual Or­a­cle sug­ges­tions re­volved around us­ing the Or­a­cle to au­to­mate or has­ten difficult hu­man work, by get­ting the Or­a­cle to tell us what hu­mans would have achieved had they done the work. Wei_Dai’s sug­ges­tions in this area were the most use­ful, and he also had an in­ter­est­ing iter­ated Or­a­cle idea that sug­gests some other av­enues to ex­plore.

Low-Band­width Oracle

Gen­er­ally good ideas

There’s a to­tal of $300 “to be dis­tributed as I see fit among the non-win­ning en­tries; I’ll be mainly look­ing for in­no­va­tive and in­ter­est­ing ideas that don’t quite work.” This award is split among sev­eral peo­ple:

Thanks again to all who par­ti­ci­pated, and the win­ners can con­tact me to re­ceive their ill-got­ten gains.