su3

Okay, so since su3 is gone and we can talk about this politely now - what is going on with MIRI’s research output?

Explanations I won’t accept - MIRI isn’t hardworking (I’ve seen them, they are), MIRI isn’t smart or well-credentialed enough (they’ve hired a lot of math PhDs, former math professors, etc, all of whom have written good papers on their original subjects), MIRI is a scam (come on…)

Explanations that seem plausible:

1. MIRI are among the only people addressing a complicated problem and aren’t sure where to start.

2. People who said their research output was unusually low were comparing apples to oranges in some way or another.

3. MIRI feels like publishing their results is a waste of their time, they’re happy enough to just have them and share them privately with the relevant people.

4. There’s been some kind of delay in getting publications but it will start happening any time now.

5. Everyone else optimizes for publish-or-perish least-publishable-unit type of things and MIRI doesn’t do that, so they unfairly look like slackers.

Note that this isn’t an attempt to justify/apologize for MIRI or an attempt to attack it, it’s me trying to figure out something that doesn’t seem to fit given what I know.

@nothingismere, @yudkowsky, any thoughts? If this conversation gets interesting enough I’ll try to get info from Nate too.

Test Time!

Bonjour!

If you are comfortable with your French abilities, why not take this little test?

Conjugate the following verbs for the correct noun and tense!

1. Imparfait – Je – Être
2. Passé Composé – Nous – Savoir
3. Subjunctive – Ils – Avoir
4. Future  Simple – Tu -  Connaître
5. Present – Finir – Vous
6. Future Proche – Il – Aller
7. Conditional – Nous – Correspondre
8. Imparfait – Vous – Vouloir
9. Passé Composé – Tu – Partir
10. Subjunctive – Je – Être
11. Future Simple – Nous – Utiliser
12. Present – Ils – Venir
13. Future Proche – Tu  - Avoir
14. Conditional – Vous – Devoir
15. Imparfait – Je – Aller
16. Passé Composé – Nous – Descendre
17. Subjunctive – Tu – Devenir
18. Future Simple – Ils – Recevoir
19. Present – Il – Acheter
20. Future Proche – Vous – Naître
21. Conditional – Tu – Vendre



Here are the answers:

1.J’étais

2. avons su

3. aient

4. connaîtras

5. finissez

6. va aller

7. correspondrions

8. vouliez

9. es parti(e)

10. sois

11. utiliserons

12. viennent

13. vas avoir

14. devriez

15. J’allais

16. sommes descendu(e)s

17. deviennes

18. recevront

19. achète

20. allez naître

21. vendrais


Bonne chance!