[ExI] AI

Jason Resch jasonresch at gmail.com
Fri Oct 15 02:35:50 UTC 2021

Hi Bill,

Good question. Your post reminded me of an article I read recently about
why it may be a good thing that people are resistant to changing their
minds so easily:


On Thu, Oct 14, 2021 at 8:05 PM William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> A while back someone said that the AI playing chess would learn from its
> mistake, and never make that one again.  Fooled me once.......
> So Take a look at humans:  I learned very quickly when I started teaching
> that students at all levels were repeating their mistakes.  So often I
> would caution students about it and write it on their essay exams.
> How successful was I ?  Some - the better students, of course - the rich
> get richer.
> College students average about 107 IQ.  Half a standard deviation is
> significant.
> How many college students are poor at changing, I dunno.  One third?  One
> half?  All of them to some extent?  I would guess a majority of people
> below 100 IQ would be rather poor.
> Translation:  repeating mistakes and not changing is a form of
> conservatism.  The body and mind are conservative - keep what you got till
> it ain't workin' no mo.
> If I have learned nothing from Quora but one thing, it is this:  people
> have a hard time changing anything.  I get questions all the time about how
> to form constructive and healthy habits.  How much of the self-help
> industry is devoted to changing and building new habits?  If they were that
> successful there wouldn't be so many books and talks and seminars and
> videos etc. on self-help.  People need help with self-help, which I am sure
> you have noticed.
> So if you could design future people would you change the ease at which we
> can change?  People's heads are apparently hard, though I have no direct
> data.     bill w
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