Dath Ilan

TagLast edit: 14 Jan 2024 2:18 UTC by habryka

Dath Ilan is a fictional world and civilization invented by Eliezer Yudkowsky. It is a parallel reality of earth where society is much better at coordination and various good policies have been implemented, though technology is only as advanced as earth’s, if not slightly less. It can be thought as a more practical and realistic form of Economist’s Paradise. Eliezer first introduced it in his April Fool’s day post ‘My April Fools Day Confession’, where he claimed that he was an average person from that world and none of his ideas were original.

This world was further fleshed out (and some its backstory changed) in a later April Fool’s post:

And in a series of glowfics featuring dath ilani characters:

Some known features of dath ilan:

Not tagged due to spoilers:

External Posts:

I’m from a par­allel Earth with much higher co­or­di­na­tion: AMA

5 Apr 2021 22:09 UTC
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Pro­jec­ Eliezer’s lat­est story, past 1M words

Eliezer Yudkowsky11 May 2022 6:18 UTC
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Self-In­tegrity and the Drown­ing Child

Eliezer Yudkowsky24 Oct 2021 20:57 UTC
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Your Utility Func­tion is Your Utility Function

David Udell6 May 2022 7:15 UTC
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How dath ilan co­or­di­nates around solv­ing alignment

Thomas Kwa13 Apr 2022 4:22 UTC
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Dath Ilan vs. Sid Meier’s Alpha Cen­tauri: Pareto Improvements

David Udell28 Apr 2022 19:26 UTC
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[Question] What top­ics are on Dath Ilan’s civics exam?

jimrandomh27 Apr 2021 0:59 UTC
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The case for turn­ing glowfic into Sequences

Thomas Kwa27 Apr 2022 6:58 UTC
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[Question] How would you build Dath Ilan on earth?

Yair Halberstadt29 May 2022 7:26 UTC
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Abadar­ian Trades

David Udell30 Jun 2022 16:41 UTC
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Dath Ilan’s Views on Stop­gap Corrigibility

David Udell22 Sep 2022 16:16 UTC
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Guidelines for Mad Entrepreneurs

David Udell16 Sep 2022 6:33 UTC
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Best-Re­spond­ing Is Not Always the Best Response

StrivingForLegibility4 Jan 2024 23:30 UTC
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[Question] What words should be shorter in the ra­tio­nal dic­tio­nary?

brook2 Apr 2022 16:46 UTC
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Dath Ilani Rule of Law

David Udell10 May 2022 6:17 UTC
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The “Adults in the Room”

David Udell17 May 2022 4:03 UTC
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In­fer­nal Cor­rigi­bil­ity, Fiendishly Difficult

David Udell27 May 2022 20:32 UTC
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The STEM Attractor

David Udell3 Jun 2022 22:21 UTC
12 points
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How to Vi­su­al­ize Bayesianism

David Udell22 Jun 2022 13:57 UTC
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