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Optimization

TagLast edit: 17 Jul 2020 5:29 UTC by Ben Pace

A system is performing optimization if it is moving the world into a specific and unexpected set of states.

The ground of optimization

Alex Flint20 Jun 2020 0:38 UTC
241 points
78 comments27 min readLW link1 review

Mea­sur­ing Op­ti­miza­tion Power

Eliezer Yudkowsky27 Oct 2008 21:44 UTC
89 points
37 comments6 min readLW link

Optimization

Eliezer Yudkowsky13 Sep 2008 16:00 UTC
52 points
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Op­ti­miza­tion Amplifies

Scott Garrabrant27 Jun 2018 1:51 UTC
114 points
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Selec­tion vs Control

abramdemski2 Jun 2019 7:01 UTC
168 points
25 comments11 min readLW link2 reviews

DL to­wards the un­al­igned Re­cur­sive Self-Op­ti­miza­tion attractor

jacob_cannell18 Dec 2021 2:15 UTC
32 points
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Thoughts and prob­lems with Eliezer’s mea­sure of op­ti­miza­tion power

Stuart_Armstrong8 Jun 2012 9:44 UTC
36 points
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Aiming at the Target

Eliezer Yudkowsky26 Oct 2008 16:47 UTC
40 points
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Risks from Learned Op­ti­miza­tion: Introduction

31 May 2019 23:44 UTC
183 points
42 comments12 min readLW link3 reviews

Op­ti­mal­ity is the tiger, and agents are its teeth

Veedrac2 Apr 2022 0:46 UTC
299 points
42 comments16 min readLW link1 review

Beren’s “De­con­fus­ing Direct vs Amor­tised Op­ti­mi­sa­tion”

DragonGod7 Apr 2023 8:57 UTC
51 points
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Bot­tle Caps Aren’t Optimisers

DanielFilan31 Aug 2018 18:30 UTC
97 points
22 comments3 min readLW link1 review
(danielfilan.com)

Good­hart’s Curse and Limi­ta­tions on AI Alignment

Gordon Seidoh Worley19 Aug 2019 7:57 UTC
25 points
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Re­quire­ments for a STEM-ca­pa­ble AGI Value Learner (my Case for Less Doom)

RogerDearnaley25 May 2023 9:26 UTC
32 points
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Towards Mea­sures of Optimisation

12 May 2023 15:29 UTC
53 points
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Op­ti­miza­tion Con­cepts in the Game of Life

16 Oct 2021 20:51 UTC
74 points
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The Op­ti­mizer’s Curse and How to Beat It

lukeprog16 Sep 2011 2:46 UTC
97 points
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Steer­ing systems

Max H4 Apr 2023 0:56 UTC
50 points
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[Question] How Many Bits Of Op­ti­miza­tion Can One Bit Of Ob­ser­va­tion Un­lock?

johnswentworth26 Apr 2023 0:26 UTC
61 points
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Mean­ing & Agency

abramdemski19 Dec 2023 22:27 UTC
90 points
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Gaia Net­work: a prac­ti­cal, in­cre­men­tal path­way to Open Agency Architecture

20 Dec 2023 17:11 UTC
13 points
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Search­ing for Search­ing for Search

Rubi J. Hudson14 Feb 2024 23:51 UTC
20 points
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Difficulty classes for al­ign­ment properties

Jozdien20 Feb 2024 9:08 UTC
26 points
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Clar­ify­ing mesa-optimization

21 Mar 2023 15:53 UTC
36 points
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Draft: In­tro­duc­tion to optimization

Alex_Altair26 Mar 2023 17:25 UTC
43 points
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Draft: The op­ti­miza­tion toolbox

Alex_Altair28 Mar 2023 20:40 UTC
13 points
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Draft: De­tect­ing optimization

Alex_Altair29 Mar 2023 20:17 UTC
23 points
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Draft: In­fer­ring minimizers

Alex_Altair1 Apr 2023 20:20 UTC
9 points
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Con­se­quen­tial­ism is in the Stars not Ourselves

DragonGod24 Apr 2023 0:02 UTC
7 points
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Game The­ory with­out Argmax [Part 1]

Cleo Nardo11 Nov 2023 15:59 UTC
53 points
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Game The­ory with­out Argmax [Part 2]

Cleo Nardo11 Nov 2023 16:02 UTC
31 points
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What is op­ti­miza­tion power, for­mally?

sbenthall18 Oct 2014 18:37 UTC
17 points
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Math­e­mat­i­cal Mea­sures of Op­ti­miza­tion Power

Alex_Altair24 Nov 2012 10:55 UTC
7 points
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Op­ti­miza­tion Provenance

Adele Lopez23 Aug 2019 20:08 UTC
38 points
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Two senses of “op­ti­mizer”

Joar Skalse21 Aug 2019 16:02 UTC
35 points
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Is the term mesa op­ti­mizer too nar­row?

Matthew Barnett14 Dec 2019 23:20 UTC
38 points
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Mesa-Op­ti­miz­ers vs “Steered Op­ti­miz­ers”

Steven Byrnes10 Jul 2020 16:49 UTC
45 points
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Mesa-Op­ti­miz­ers and Over-op­ti­miza­tion Failure (Op­ti­miz­ing and Good­hart Effects, Clar­ify­ing Thoughts—Part 4)

Davidmanheim12 Aug 2019 8:07 UTC
15 points
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The Credit As­sign­ment Problem

abramdemski8 Nov 2019 2:50 UTC
97 points
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Fake Op­ti­miza­tion Criteria

Eliezer Yudkowsky10 Nov 2007 0:10 UTC
64 points
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Search ver­sus design

Alex Flint16 Aug 2020 16:53 UTC
100 points
40 comments36 min readLW link1 review

The First World Takeover

Eliezer Yudkowsky19 Nov 2008 15:00 UTC
42 points
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Life’s Story Continues

Eliezer Yudkowsky21 Nov 2008 23:05 UTC
24 points
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Utility Max­i­miza­tion = De­scrip­tion Length Minimization

johnswentworth18 Feb 2021 18:04 UTC
201 points
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Ap­pli­ca­tions for De­con­fus­ing Goal-Directedness

adamShimi8 Aug 2021 13:05 UTC
37 points
3 comments5 min readLW link1 review

A new defi­ni­tion of “op­ti­mizer”

Chantiel9 Aug 2021 13:42 UTC
5 points
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Mea­sure­ment, Op­ti­miza­tion, and Take-off Speed

jsteinhardt10 Sep 2021 19:30 UTC
48 points
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In Defence of Op­ti­miz­ing Rou­tine Tasks

leogao9 Nov 2021 5:09 UTC
47 points
6 comments3 min readLW link1 review

Ngo and Yud­kowsky on AI ca­pa­bil­ity gains

18 Nov 2021 22:19 UTC
130 points
61 comments39 min readLW link1 review

Defin­ing “op­ti­mizer”

Chantiel17 Apr 2021 15:38 UTC
9 points
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Bits of Op­ti­miza­tion Can Only Be Lost Over A Distance

johnswentworth23 May 2022 18:55 UTC
31 points
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Distributed Decisions

johnswentworth29 May 2022 2:43 UTC
66 points
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Quan­tify­ing Gen­eral Intelligence

JasonBrown17 Jun 2022 21:57 UTC
9 points
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Defin­ing Op­ti­miza­tion in a Deeper Way Part 1

J Bostock1 Jul 2022 14:03 UTC
7 points
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Notes on Simplicity

David Gross2 Dec 2020 23:14 UTC
10 points
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Defin­ing Op­ti­miza­tion in a Deeper Way Part 2

J Bostock11 Jul 2022 20:29 UTC
7 points
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Defin­ing Op­ti­miza­tion in a Deeper Way Part 3

J Bostock20 Jul 2022 22:06 UTC
8 points
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Defin­ing Op­ti­miza­tion in a Deeper Way Part 4

J Bostock28 Jul 2022 17:02 UTC
7 points
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Ab­stract­ing The Hard­ness of Align­ment: Un­bounded Atomic Optimization

adamShimi29 Jul 2022 18:59 UTC
65 points
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Vingean Agency

abramdemski24 Aug 2022 20:08 UTC
62 points
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pro­gram searches

Tamsin Leake5 Sep 2022 20:04 UTC
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(carado.moe)

“Nor­mal” is the equil­ibrium state of past op­ti­miza­tion processes

Alex_Altair30 Oct 2022 19:03 UTC
81 points
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What I Learned Run­ning Refine

adamShimi24 Nov 2022 14:49 UTC
107 points
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Don’t al­ign agents to eval­u­a­tions of plans

TurnTrout26 Nov 2022 21:16 UTC
42 points
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Op­por­tu­nity Cost Blackmail

adamShimi2 Jan 2023 13:48 UTC
70 points
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(epistemologicalvigilance.substack.com)

De­con­fus­ing Direct vs Amor­tised Optimization

beren2 Dec 2022 11:30 UTC
100 points
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[Question] Do the Safety Prop­er­ties of Pow­er­ful AI Sys­tems Need to be Ad­ver­sar­i­ally Ro­bust? Why?

DragonGod9 Feb 2023 13:36 UTC
22 points
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Fun­da­men­tal Uncer­tainty: Chap­ter 4 - Why don’t we do what we think we should?

Gordon Seidoh Worley29 Aug 2022 19:25 UTC
15 points
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Ob­serv­ing Optimization

Eliezer Yudkowsky21 Nov 2008 5:39 UTC
12 points
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Satis­ficers want to be­come maximisers

Stuart_Armstrong21 Oct 2011 16:27 UTC
37 points
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Evolu­tions Build­ing Evolu­tions: Lay­ers of Gen­er­ate and Test

plex5 Feb 2021 18:21 UTC
11 points
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Sur­pris­ing ex­am­ples of non-hu­man optimization

Jan_Rzymkowski14 Jun 2015 17:05 UTC
31 points
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Bridg­ing Ex­pected Utility Max­i­miza­tion and Optimization

Whispermute5 Aug 2022 8:18 UTC
25 points
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I missed the crux of the al­ign­ment prob­lem the whole time

zeshen13 Aug 2022 10:11 UTC
53 points
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What’s Gen­eral-Pur­pose Search, And Why Might We Ex­pect To See It In Trained ML Sys­tems?

johnswentworth15 Aug 2022 22:48 UTC
133 points
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Dis­cov­er­ing Agents

zac_kenton18 Aug 2022 17:33 UTC
73 points
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Ac­ci­den­tal Optimizers

aysajan22 Sep 2021 13:27 UTC
7 points
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Safety Data Sheets for Op­ti­miza­tion Processes

StrivingForLegibility4 Jan 2024 23:30 UTC
15 points
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The Gears of Argmax

StrivingForLegibility4 Jan 2024 23:30 UTC
11 points
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Un­der­stand­ing Gra­di­ent Hacking

peterbarnett10 Dec 2021 15:58 UTC
41 points
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Trans­form­ing my­opic op­ti­miza­tion to or­di­nary op­ti­miza­tion—Do we want to seek con­ver­gence for my­opic op­ti­miza­tion prob­lems?

tailcalled11 Dec 2021 20:38 UTC
12 points
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Hy­poth­e­sis: gra­di­ent de­scent prefers gen­eral circuits

Quintin Pope8 Feb 2022 21:12 UTC
44 points
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Op­ti­miz­ing crop plant­ing with mixed in­te­ger lin­ear pro­gram­ming in Stardew Valley

hapanin5 Apr 2022 18:42 UTC
28 points
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In­ter­lude: But Who Op­ti­mizes The Op­ti­mizer?

Paul Bricman23 Sep 2022 15:30 UTC
15 points
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Ad­ver­sar­ial at­tacks and op­ti­mal control

Jan22 May 2022 18:22 UTC
17 points
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(universalprior.substack.com)

Non-re­solve as Resolve

Linda Linsefors10 Jul 2018 23:31 UTC
15 points
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(Struc­tural) Sta­bil­ity of Cou­pled Optimizers

Paul Bricman30 Sep 2022 11:28 UTC
25 points
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One bit of ob­ser­va­tion can un­lock many of op­ti­miza­tion—but at what cost?

dr_s29 Apr 2023 10:53 UTC
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Ar­chi­tec­ture-aware op­ti­mi­sa­tion: train ImageNet and more with­out hyperparameters

Chris Mingard22 Apr 2023 21:50 UTC
6 points
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Think­ing about max­i­miza­tion and corrigibility

James Payor21 Apr 2023 21:22 UTC
63 points
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Risks from GPT-4 Byproduct of Re­cur­sively Op­ti­miz­ing AIs

ben hayum7 Apr 2023 0:02 UTC
73 points
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(forum.effectivealtruism.org)

No free lunch the­o­rem is irrelevant

Catnee4 Oct 2022 0:21 UTC
18 points
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Op­ti­miza­tion and Ad­e­quacy in Five Bullets

james.lucassen6 Jun 2022 5:48 UTC
35 points
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(jlucassen.com)

Break­ing Down Goal-Directed Behaviour

Oliver Sourbut16 Jun 2022 18:45 UTC
11 points
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Per­ils of op­ti­miz­ing in so­cial contexts

owencb16 Jun 2022 17:40 UTC
49 points
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Plans Are Pre­dic­tions, Not Op­ti­miza­tion Targets

johnswentworth20 Oct 2022 21:17 UTC
105 points
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The Limits of Automation

milkandcigarettes23 Jun 2022 18:03 UTC
5 points
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(milkandcigarettes.com)

Is Gen­eral In­tel­li­gence “Com­pact”?

DragonGod4 Jul 2022 13:27 UTC
27 points
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De­grees of Freedom

sarahconstantin2 Apr 2019 21:10 UTC
103 points
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(srconstantin.wordpress.com)

He­donic asymmetries

paulfchristiano26 Jan 2020 2:10 UTC
98 points
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(sideways-view.com)

De­mons in Im­perfect Search

johnswentworth11 Feb 2020 20:25 UTC
106 points
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Tes­sel­lat­ing Hills: a toy model for demons in im­perfect search

DaemonicSigil20 Feb 2020 0:12 UTC
97 points
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Align­ing a toy model of optimization

paulfchristiano28 Jun 2019 20:23 UTC
52 points
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Siren wor­lds and the per­ils of over-op­ti­mised search

Stuart_Armstrong7 Apr 2014 11:00 UTC
77 points
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When Can Op­ti­miza­tion Be Done Safely?

StrivingForLegibility30 Dec 2023 1:24 UTC
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Notes on Antelligence

Aurigena13 May 2023 18:38 UTC
2 points
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Worse Than Random

Eliezer Yudkowsky11 Nov 2008 19:01 UTC
45 points
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Don’t de­sign agents which ex­ploit ad­ver­sar­ial inputs

18 Nov 2022 1:48 UTC
69 points
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Effi­cient Cross-Do­main Optimization

Eliezer Yudkowsky28 Oct 2008 16:33 UTC
54 points
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Break­ing the Op­ti­mizer’s Curse, and Con­se­quences for Ex­is­ten­tial Risks and Value Learning

Roger Dearnaley21 Feb 2023 9:05 UTC
10 points
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Ex­tinc­tion Risks from AI: In­visi­ble to Science?

21 Feb 2024 18:07 UTC
24 points
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(philpapers.org)

Op­ti­miza­tion Markets

StrivingForLegibility30 Dec 2023 1:24 UTC
13 points
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Op­ti­miza­tion and the Singularity

Eliezer Yudkowsky23 Jun 2008 5:55 UTC
41 points
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Op­ti­miza­tion hap­pens in­side the mind, not in the world

azsantosk3 Jun 2023 21:36 UTC
17 points
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Ru­n­away Op­ti­miz­ers in Mind Space

silentbob16 Jul 2023 14:26 UTC
16 points
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Go­ing Beyond Lin­ear Mode Con­nec­tivity: The Lay­er­wise Lin­ear Fea­ture Connectivity

zhanpeng_zhou20 Jul 2023 17:38 UTC
16 points
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(openreview.net)

[Question] What are ex­am­ples of some­one do­ing a lot of work to find the best of some­thing?

chanamessinger27 Jul 2023 15:58 UTC
27 points
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Op­ti­mi­sa­tion Mea­sures: Desider­ata, Im­pos­si­bil­ity, Proposals

7 Aug 2023 15:52 UTC
35 points
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Goldilocks and the Three Optimisers

dkl917 Aug 2023 18:15 UTC
−12 points
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(dkl9.net)
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