AI Alignment and Safety

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It started with a late night Tweet:

“Alarmed by how many AI/ML engineers I’ve talked to that have no training in statistics AT ALL. That seems absurd to me. Wondering if it’s anecdotal or an actual thing?” from @bellmar

I wasn’t expecting to get a response at all, certainly not…

To be a great hiring manager don’t be distracted by rockstar engineers, study up on network theory.

As a manager I like to build teams out of spare parts. I hire candidates who are rejected from other pipelines, I pick up people with middling performance in other teams, sometimes I…

Social networks are full of fake accounts, tracing their networks and observing their behavior can reveal interesting things about how the world works. But only if you can find them!

Some posts from the fake influencer I created to trap bots ;D

I have a long running fascination with scammers. From the very first moment my father introduced me to the film…

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I was in the middle of a work trip — the first since Covid — when an obvious bot account claiming to be a scout for a streetwear brand left a comment on a honey trap I had set up to study Instagram bots. “Collab? DM @ vincerewears”

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When I was about seven years old I was diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder. At the time, such disorders were classified as learning disabilities. The way learning disabilities are diagnosed is by administrating an IQ test and an achievement test that focuses on skills like reading, writing and math…

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On a warm day in 2008, Silicon Valley’s titans-in-the-making found themselves packed around a bulky, blond-wood conference room table. Although they are big names today, the success of their businesses was hardly assured at the time. Jeff Bezos’s Amazon operated on extremely tight margins and was not profitable. They had…

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Last week I wrote a piece for the popular military theory blog, War on the Rocks, about what Silicon Valley has learned about the impact of automation on complex systems and how that should shape the military’s goals.

Discussing the military use case for technology with other technologists is often…

Marianne Bellotti

Author of Kill It with Fire Manage Aging Computer Systems (and Future Proof Modern Ones)

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