April 2021 newsletter

with links on AI scaling, particular new East Asian record-breaking work & deep reinforcement learning.

April 2021’s Gwern.net newsletter is now out; previous, March 2021 (archives). This is a collation of links and summary of major changes, overlapping with my Changelog; brought to you by my donors on Patreon.

1 Writings

2 Links

2.1 AI

Matters Of Scale:

2.2 Genetics

Everything Is Heritable:

Recent Evolution:

Engineering:

2.3 Politics/Religion

2.4 Psychology/Biology

2.5 Technology

2.6 Economics

2.7 Philosophy

2.8 Miscellaneous


  1. Another thought, looking at ‘Employer Costs for Employee Compensation’ (PDF):

    1. “Moore’s Law”: the cost of a transistor halves every ~19 months;

    2. “Anti-Moore’s Law”: the cost of a synapse doubles every ~119 years.