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  • Issa Rice 11:24 am on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    A note on scope of updates 

    I previously mentioned that I don’t talk about my daily Anki routine on this blog. I should also probably clarify the scope of this blog in other ways.

    As I stated at the beginning, this blog came about because I wanted to make available information about “what I’m up to” in cases where “what I’m up to” doesn’t naturally lead to public updates. So I think it’s not so important to record things on here when the same information can be obtained through other sources (i.e. my public activity on other websites).

    However, I also want to have some kind of conceptual coherence about this blog. And since the overlap between “my activity that doesn’t naturally lead to public updates but where I would like to make public updates available” and “my AI safety learning” is nearly perfect, I think I will track the former by writing about the latter. What does this mean in practice? It means:

    1. There will be some AI safety-related stuff on this blog that can be tracked elsewhere. For instance, for now I am planning to blog about wiki pages I update in the course of my studying.
    2. Some stuff not related to AI safety, even in cases where they can’t be tracked publicly, won’t be on this blog. This will mostly be one-off projects that I think up one day and decide to work on for a few hours or a day. Will these ever be made available? I think if they lead to something interesting I will try to publish them somehow.
  • Issa Rice 10:36 pm on November 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    A note about Anki 

    I don’t mention this in my daily updates, but part of my routine as I study is to make Anki cards on the material I am learning. I also review the new and “due” cards daily, which usually takes about 30 minutes in the evening.

    If you are curious about Anki or spaced repetition, as of 2018 I think Michael Nielsen’s article is the best introduction. However, since it is somewhat difficult to use “correctly”, I’m not sure I would recommend this sort of software to everyone.

    I plan to write more about Anki at some point (probably not on this blog, as I want it to be in a more permanent location).

  • Issa Rice 8:12 pm on November 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    What this blog is about 

    The goal of this blog is to publicly make available updates about what I’m working on. Previously, this was not as important, since most of my work was already available publicly (via public activity feeds). However, since the main thing I am focusing on now is studying related to AI safety, most of what I’ve been up to recently has not been explained publicly. I wanted to fix that (as I care about individual transparency and public accountability), hence this blog.

    Thanks to Vipul Naik for giving me the idea for this blog via his daily updates repo.

    I chose WordPress because I am familiar with the service/interface (from using it in the past), because it has LaTeX support (which GitHub doesn’t), and because I want to allow comments (so that excluded doing this on my own website).

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