19/02/2017

efficient transcendence

  • Trust is efficient: more trust means less expenditure on vetting and surveillance. "Just give and see".
  • Honesty is efficient: more honesty, less expenditure maintaining a big diff web of lies. "Just say what you think".
  • Empathy is efficient: more perspective means a better comprehension of the actual situation, and so better outcomes for yourself and others. "Just imagine".
  • Keeping promises is efficient: enables future dealing. "Just do as you say".
  • Charity is efficient: able to address market failures, and able to extract the most value from cash. "Just get over yourself".


but also

  • Gullibility (misplaced trust) is costly. Lurid individual examples are easy to find, but more generally something more than 8% of the entire world economy is consumed by misappropriation. ($1tn corruption, $7tn fraud, $0.12tn shoplifting.)
  • Discoverability is costly: with millions of anonymous people potentially encountering you, the rarity of psychopathy and ideological violence isn't much protection.
  • Empathy is totally subject to our worst biases, moreso than reasoning.
  • Deontology can be wildly inefficient.

18/02/2017

qualitative quantum paradigm disruption


  • "Qualitative difference": a change so obvious even unaided human perception can spot it.

But what about differences that are only obvious to people in the know? The difference between this
and this

is obscure to my parents, but clear to me, for instance.

A simple and I think honest answer is that knowledge is indeed a perceptual aid. Call qualitative differences which require knowledge to detect, Simonian differences. (This is after Herbert Simon's studies of the excellent acquired intuitions of e.g. firefighters and chess grandmasters.) Thus:

  • Nas vs Slightly Remastered Nas: quantitative
  • Nas vs Rakim: Simonian qualitative
  • Nas vs Big Pun : qualitative