In this information age, we consume a lot of content. But only a fraction of it we remember, and a smaller fraction still makes us change our minds. I’ll show a brief list of some of the stuff that changed my mind the most.
Paul Graham articulates very nicely the dynamics and problems about doing what you love.
Nate Soares (so8res) shares his story and how, after much turmoil, he came to reach the same conclusions as MIRI. Beautiful story and mindset. In addition to writing on Less Wrong, he has his own blog, that I find fascinating. Before reading it, I had a vague feeling that MIRI goals where kind of right. After, I could see that they where the right thing to do, if your concern is giving a chance to our descendants (and life in general) to thrive.
This is the talk that got me interested in AI. Jeff Hawkins argues that we need a theory about intelligence, that it is not magic, and that it cannot be that complicated. So let’s go find what it is.
- Simple made easy by Rich Hickey
Almost the same talk at Rails Conf: Simplicity Matters
In software development, simplicity is key.
- How to Grow a Mind by Josh Tenenbaum
One of his ideas is that developmental psychology can really help us learn a lot about how brains work. He also talks about aspects of intelligence that are really overlooked: common sense understanding, and how the brain seems to learn rapidly with little information, or
How does the mind get so much ouf of so little?
- Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
A thorough analysis of what a superintelligence is, and the many ways we can achieve it. After reading this book, it is much clearer that a superintelligence is likely, and we better be prepared. And we are not prepared.
- Cosmos series narated by Carl Sagan
This series gives you a sense of wonder about our place is the universe.
Hinton answers a lots of questions from the reddit community.
Same with Schmidhuber