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# Short sum­mary of mAIry’s room

18 Jan 2021 18:11 UTC
24 points
• (I don’t think I can explain why here, though I am working on a longer explanation of what framings I like and why.)

Cheers, that would be very useful.

• Thanks _

• I like that way of seeing it.

# Syn­tax, se­man­tics, and sym­bol ground­ing, simplified

23 Nov 2020 16:12 UTC
25 points
• Because a reputation for following up brinksmanship threats means that people won’t enter into deals with you at all; extortion works because, to some extent, people have to “deal” with you even if they don’t want to.

This is why I saw a Walmart-monopsony (monopolistic buyer) as closer to extortion, since not trading with them is not an option.

• Thanks!

• Thanks!

• I’m think of it this way: investigating a supplier to check they are reasonable costs $1 to Walmart. The minimum price any supplier will offer is$10. After investigating, one supplier offers $10.5. Walmart refuses, knowing the supplier will not got lower, and publicises the exchange. The reason this is extortion, at least in the sense of this post, is that Walmart takes a cost (it will cost them at least$11 to investigate and hire another supplier) in order to build a reputation.

# The ethics of AI for the Rout­ledge En­cy­clo­pe­dia of Philosophy

18 Nov 2020 17:55 UTC
45 points