Approval-seeking

I suggest that it would be desirable if powerful agents acted in the way we would most approve of, upon reflection. I argue that this definition can be made unusually precise, would lead to positive outcomes, and is robust to conceptual imprecision, philosophical errors, and unfavorable circumstances.
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Adversarial collaboration

Suppose that I have hired a group of employees who are much smarter than I am. For some tasks it’s easy to get useful work out of them. For example, suppose I am interested in finding a good layout for the components on a chip and can easily evaluate the quality of a proposed layout. Then I can solicit proposals, test the proposals, and award the employees according to the results.

However, for some tasks there may be fundamental problems with such an incentive-based policy. For example, suppose I am interested in hiring these employees to design an AI which is smarter than any of us and will act autonomously in the world. In cases like this, I will have to try something different.

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