007 | Game Theory, Alignment, and Civilisational Inadequacy

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By Gianluca Truda and Jared Tumiel, Gianluca Truda, and Jared Tumiel. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

In this episode, Jared and Gianluca introduce the fundamentals of Game Theory; before examining the AI alignment problem, civilisational inadequacy, and Moloch—the mythical characterisation of all things suboptimal. This episode makes heavy reference to an article called "Meditations on Moloch", from Scott Alexander’s SlateStarCodex blog. We highly recommend it.

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Shownotes:

SlateStarCodex article on Moloch : https://slatestarcodex.com/2014/07/30/meditations-on-moloch/

Background on the myth of Moloch : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moloch

Alan Ginsberg’s poem on Moloch : https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/49303/howl

Game Theory : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_theory

Prisoner’s Dilemma : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisoner%27s_dilemma

Tragedy of the Commons : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tragedy_of_the_commons

Bostrom’s Vulnerable World Hypothesis : https://nickbostrom.com/papers/vulnerable.pdf

The AI Alignment Problem : https://intelligence.org/stanford-talk/

Stanislav Petrov, the Russian who prevented a nuclear war : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Petrov

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