Strong upvote from me. This new technology has helped me view the existing content from a different angle.
One of the lessons I draw from this: listen to gwern.
While reading this, a thought popped into my head that feels important enough to share:
Could being “status-blind” in the sense that Eliezer claims to be (or perhaps somet other not yet well-understood status-related property) be strongly correlated to managing to create lots of utility? (In the sense of helping the world a lot).
Currenlty I consider Yudkowsky, Scott Alexander, and Nick Bostrom to be three of the most important people. After reading superintelligence and watching a bunch of interviews, one of first things I said about Nick Bostrom to a friend was that I felt like he legitimately has almost no status concerns (that was well before LW 2.0 launched). In case of S/A it’s less clear, but I suspect similar things.
Okay, so the obvious question here is, is this a hypothetical thought experiment, or do you claim to actually have figured out such a method?
If it’s the former, I cautiously believe that this is largely accurate. If it’s the latter, I would like to see a description of it.
Also, I apologize for the statement that I “understand you perfectly” a few posts back. It was stupid and I’ve edited it out.