[ExI] book

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 6 20:30:33 UTC 2016

On Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 5:47 AM, Anders <anders at aleph.se> wrote:

> On 2016-07-05 19:54, William Flynn Wallace wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 3:47 PM, Anders <anders at aleph.se> wrote:
>> Met the author, decided to buy when it came out. We had a very nice
>> conversation about stochastic gradient descent in everyday life decisions.
>> Have the book in my office now.
> ​UhOh, that means that I won't be able to understand a word of it!  Rats!
> Sorry, but I got annoyed by that (despite it being meant in jest, so take
> this mildly!). It both insults the author by suggesting the book would fail
> at explaining its topic, and involves a bit of coquetry of ignorance
> ("Haha, I cannot possibly understand that!").
> At least on this list we should always add a "...yet." to any claim of
> ignorance or infeasibility. I don't know quantum field theory... yet. I am
> not immortal... yet. We do not live in space... yet.
> By the way, the book is very readable and thoughtful.
> Dr Anders Sandberg
> Future of Humanity Institute
> Oxford Martin School
> Oxford University
> ​I am very sorry that you took it that way.  I was, as you certainly know,
> making a jest of it.  I am the least techie person on this list, as you
> also know, and was making fun of myself!

>  I did read the Amazon reviews which said that it was readable for
> nontechnical people, or otherwise I would not have bought it.  I will give
> my review when I have read it.

​I do not think that I have anything to apologize for, but again am sorry
that you took it that way.

bill wallace​

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