Links #2

Air-based DNA sampling reminds me of the movie GATTACA. DNA privacy issues are arguably more important than a lot of the privacy issues we worry about today.

Black Death, COVID, and Why We Keep Telling the Myth of a Renaissance Golden Age and Bad Middle Ages (note: pretty long).

Predictive Coding has been Unified with Backpropagation

Given that I just spent a lot of time talking about which things should matter in ethics, The importance of how you weigh it is a good reminder that often, the “mattering” part isn’t contested! Instead, the question becomes, how much should different things matter? This is part of what makes utilitarianism so flexible, but at some point, someone is going to have to do the hard work of deciding how much different things matter relative to one another.

People are worried about population decline, I am too.

Related: Artificial wombs may come about through advances in incubators.

More on how avoiding the repugnant conclusion is not a good desiderata in population ethics. Many philosophers are apparently in agreement about this now.

Twitter thread on immigration and cash transfers.

Interesting lab page Sculpting Evolution.

Mechanism Design Lectures

The top 150 intellectuals, selected competitively

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