Ham­ming Questions

TagLast edit: 29 Jul 2020 8:36 UTC by Yoav Ravid

Mathematician Richard Hamming used to ask scientists in other fields “What are the most important problems in your field?” partly so he could troll them by asking “Why aren’t you working on them?” and partly because getting asked this question is really useful for focusing people’s attention on what matters.

CFAR developed the technique of “Hamming Questions” as different prompts to get your brain to (actually) think about the biggest problems, bottlenecks, and unspoken desires in your life.

(Taken from here)

See also Open Problems

The Ham­ming Question

Raemon8 Feb 2019 19:34 UTC
50 points
38 comments3 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 16: Ham­ming Questions

Mark Xu20 Apr 2020 14:51 UTC
14 points
0 comments4 min readLW link

On Do­ing the Impossible

Eliezer Yudkowsky6 Oct 2008 15:13 UTC
87 points
38 comments7 min readLW link

Bug Hunt 3

alkjash13 Mar 2018 0:20 UTC
24 points
13 comments3 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 19: Ham­ming Ques­tions for Pot­ted Plants

Mark Xu23 Apr 2020 16:00 UTC
44 points
1 comment3 min readLW link

Cri­sis of Faith

Eliezer Yudkowsky10 Oct 2008 22:08 UTC
131 points
252 comments9 min readLW link

Re­search Ham­ming Questions

johnswentworth22 Mar 2022 0:16 UTC
63 points
7 comments4 min readLW link

Find­ing the Right Problem

tobot29 May 2022 17:52 UTC
8 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Priv­ileg­ing the Question

Qiaochu_Yuan29 Apr 2013 18:30 UTC
198 points
312 comments2 min readLW link

The Power to Judge Startup Ideas

Liron4 Sep 2019 15:07 UTC
91 points
31 comments8 min readLW link

Dou­ble-Dip­ping in Dun­ning—Kruger

isovector28 Nov 2018 3:40 UTC
82 points
31 comments3 min readLW link

The Bus Ticket The­ory of Genius

Vaniver23 Nov 2019 22:12 UTC
62 points
11 comments1 min readLW link

The Fun­da­men­tal Question

MBlume19 Apr 2010 16:09 UTC
55 points
289 comments1 min readLW link

Chrono­phone Motivations

Eliezer Yudkowsky24 Mar 2007 17:23 UTC
47 points
17 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] Why are the peo­ple who could be do­ing safety re­search, but aren’t, do­ing some­thing else?

Adam Scholl29 Aug 2019 8:51 UTC
26 points
19 comments1 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 16: Ham­ming Questions

Mark Xu1 Mar 2020 18:46 UTC
7 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Over­com­ing Helplessness

Neel Nanda22 Feb 2021 15:03 UTC
16 points
1 comment10 min readLW link
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