Re: Yudkowsky's AI (again)

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Mon, 29 Mar 1999 15:23:43 -0800 (PST)

> This kind of thinking weakens you. This is not the way to see reality
> clearly. On a battlefield, in business, or anywhere, the one who sees
> clearly wins. Our way of thinking (“calibration”) is exemplified by the
> geniebusters site. It strengthens us. It does lead to clear perceptions.

I can think of a much better measure of clear-headed thinking: poker. In war, technology and physical skills have a big impact, and the game is very negative-sum. Business is so positive-sum that even those with fuzzy minds can make money. Poker, on the other hand, is a pure zero-sum contest of minds rationally evaluating the exact odds of possible outcomes, the gain and loss of each, investing ("raise") and liquidating ("fold") as appropriate, winner take all. In many years of experience--including 6 months as a pro--I can confidently state that all misconceptions, superstitions, and emotional attachments are quickly punished by the clear-headed.

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