December 2020 Gwern.net newsletter with links on AI and technology; major new site feature: fully-generalized recursive popups.
December 2020’s Gwern.net newsletter is now out; previous, November 2020 (archives). This is a collation of links and summary of major changes, overlapping with my Changelog; brought to you by my donors on Patreon.
The consequences of creating a mouse-scale brain—as opposed to a ‘mouse-in-a-can’—will be weird: even AI experts have a poor imagination and tend to imagine AI minds as either glorified calculators or humans-in-a-robot-suit, rather than trying to imagine a diverse Technium richer than biological ecosystems filled with minds with bizarre patterns of weaknesses & strengths (GPT-3/AI-Dungeon or AlphaGo/AlphaStar/OA5 ‘delusions’ are just the start), evolving at a computer pace, filling & creating new niches in a global economy.
“The street finds its own use for things”—I can’t predict what somebody in China will have done with my anime GANs last year I don’t yet know about, how can anyone hope to predict what everyone can do with a mind decades from now? If your vision of the future is not weird & disturbing (and orthogonal to current culture wars), you aren’t trying.↩︎