Jul 23, 2022
Epistemic status: A possibly annoying mixture of straightforward reasoning and hard-to-justify personal opinions.
It is often stated (with some justification, IMO) that AI risk is an “emergency.” Various people have explained to me that they put various parts of their normal life’s functioning on hold on account of AI being an “emergency.” In the interest of people doing this sanely and not confusedly, I’d like to take a step back and seek principles around what kinds of changes a person might want to make in an “emergency” of different sorts.
There are plenty of ways we can temporarily increase productivity on some narrow task or other, at the cost of our longer-term resources. For example: