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Sam Altman

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Sam Altman
a day ago
“reproducibility crisis” is good branding for “most recent things you’ve been told about psychology are totally not true”
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Sam Altman
a day ago
What's the best thing to read about what's gone so wrong with academia in the US? (Sample bias for sure, but it's remarkable how negative the people who leave academia are about its future, which seems like a real problem.)
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Sam Altman
2 days ago
(Of course it takes a lot of work to get to a place where this is possible.)
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Sam Altman
2 days ago
Riff on something from a PG essay that has always stuck with me: Aim to spend time on things that you love doing, things that have a chance of being mentioned in your obituary, things that prepare you for those things, and things for health/rest. Aspire to cut all the rest.
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Sam Altman
3 days ago
it makes me very uncomfortable that so much new technology (especially ai, not trying to evade blame) naturally benefits authoritarian governments more than democratic governments. have to fight this hard.
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Paul Graham
3 days ago
The political principles I care most about are the boring, low-level ones that are not specifically left or right, like freedom of speech, voting rights, civil liberties, due process, and so on. It's worrying that these seem more threatened lately.
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Sam Altman
3 days ago
so interesting how wide the distribution of answers to this question is: "what will the limiting reagents be in a world of nearly free intelligence and nearly free energy?"
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Sam Altman
4 days ago
most committees would be better as a committee of one
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Sam Altman
4 days ago
better version: cultures either believe all problems are solvable, or none of them are. the former ascend and the latter decline.
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Sam Altman
4 days ago
cultures that reward affected pessimism/nihilism about everything suck so much (thankfully they seem to usually self-destruct)
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Sam Altman
4 days ago
jeans instead of track pants feels like "really dressing up" after two pandemic years
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Sam Altman
4 days ago
If you think from other people's (usually mistaken) assumptions and in hopes of their validation, you won't.
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Sam Altman
4 days ago
If you think from first principles (and continually compress your thinking), you will think clearly.
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Sam Altman
4 days ago
Start a first meeting with the most important/exciting information and the ask. Clearly and concisely. Don't warm up to it, and certainly don't start with "let me tell you about my background." Easy for people to check out 1 minute in.
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Sam Altman
6 days ago
What are the best things to read about the likelihood of Omicron being lab-created?
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Sam Altman
12 days ago
(What I personally think: Most current stuff is trash. The incentives of financializing everything are really weird. Lots of people will lose a lot of money. But! Bitcoin, programmable money, and a few other things are so important that on net they make up for the trash.)
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Sam Altman
12 days ago
OH (don't agree, too funny not to share): "What's the killer app of web3?" "There are two. First, getting rich quick. Second, cancelling anyone who doubts the certainty of the first. This combination is the wet dream of most people, and they will sadly soon become converts."
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Sam Altman
12 days ago
We are great at spending trillions on covid relief, but unfortunately terrible at spending tens of billions preventing the next (much worse) pandemic. Deep problem with the American political system.
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Sam Altman
23 days ago
what will matter more to the world in 10 years?
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