Open question: If you had the opportunity to expand your senses or your abilities via an outpatient medical procedure, would you do it? What about using a procedure like preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) to select among embryos for specific traits? What happens to evolution when individuals begin to self select for traits they consider desirable? … Continue reading Open Question: Augmented Humanity / Transhumanism, Good or Bad?
Open Question: What are the unintended consequences of artificial intelligence in the surveillance domain? Recently, I came across a good basic guide for finding hidden cameras and bugs with a level of detail I've never seen online before. As with everything related to security, the first question to ask is: what is your threat model? … Continue reading Who Watches the [Artificial Intelligence] Watchmen?
Open Question: Should we make an effort to change our minds in some fundamental way? And if so, how? There are a number of stories of people suffering a traumatic brain injury that results in the brain being rearranged in a way that gives them a new ability. Generally, this involves some skill with art, … Continue reading Rearranging Our Minds
Open Question: How does one cultivate the skill of evaluating our world view, assessing its strengths and weaknesses, and changing it when our situation changes? "Every kind of ignorance in the world all results from not realizing that our perceptions are gambles. We believe what we see and then we believe our interpretation of it, … Continue reading Changing Reality Tunnels
"The experiment, designed by Daniela Frauchiger and Renato Renner, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, involves a set of assumptions that on the face of it seem entirely reasonable. But the experiment leads to contradictions, suggesting that at least one of the assumptions is wrong. The choice of which assumption to give up … Continue reading Frauchiger-Renner Paradox Clarifies Where Our Views of Reality Go Wrong
"Why do humans, pets, and even lab animals of many species kept in controlled lab conditions on standardized diets appear to be increasingly obese over the 20th century? What could possibly explain all of them simultaneously becoming obese?" "Why does writing in the morning (anecdotally so far) seem to be so effective for writers, even … Continue reading Open Questions – Gwern.net
"Once you see that an answer is not serving its question properly anymore, it should be tossed away." —Kostas Kiriakakis. "A Day at the Park." Mused. Interesting throughout.