Quantified Intuitions: An epistemics training website including a new EA-themed calibration app
Crossposted to LessWrong
TL;DR Quantified Intuitions helps users practice assigning credences to outcomes with a quick feedback loop. Please leave feedback in the comments, join our Discord, or send thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quantified Intuitions currently consists of two apps:
Calibration game: Assigning confidence intervals to EA-related trivia questions.
Question sources vary but many are from Anki deck for “Some key numbers that (almost) every EA should know”
Compared to Open Philanthropy’s calibration app, it currently contains less diversity of questions (hopefully more interesting to EAF/LW readers) but the app is more modern and nicer to use in some ways
Pastcasting: Forecasting on already resolved questions that you don’t have prior knowledge about.
There are huge benefits to using numbers when discussing disagreements: see “3.3.1 Expressing degrees of confidence” in Reasoning Transparency by OpenPhil. But anecdotally, many EAs still feel uncomfortable quantifying their intuitions and continue to prefer using words like “likely” and “plausible” which could be interpreted in many ways.
This issue is likely to get worse as the EA movement attempts to grow quickly, with many new members joining who are coming in with various backgrounds and perspectives on the value of subjective credences. We hope that Quantified Intuitions can help both new and longtime EAs be more comfortable turning their intuitions into numbers.
Who built this?
As stated in the grant summary, our initial plan was to “create a pilot version of a forecasting platform, and a paid forecasting team, to make predictions about questions relevant to high-impact research”. While we build a decent beta forecasting platform (that we plan to open source at some point), the pilot for forecasting on questions relevant to high-impact research didn’t go that well due to (a) difficulties in creating resolvable questions relevant to cruxes in AI governance and (b) time constraints of talented forecasters. Nonetheless, we are still growing Samotsvety’s capacity and taking occasional high-impact forecasting gigs.
Eli was also struggling some personally around this time and updating toward AI alignment being super important but crowd forecasting not being that promising for attacking it. He stepped down and is now advising Sage part-time.
Meanwhile, we pivoted to building the apps contained in Quantified Intuitions to improve and maintain epistemics in EA. Aaron wrote most of the software for both apps within the past few months, Alejandro Ortega helped with the calibration game questions and Alina Timoshkina helped with a wide variety of tasks.
If you’d like to contact Sage you can message us on EAF/LW or email email@example.com. If you’re interested in helping build apps similar to the ones on Quantified Intuitions or improving the current apps, fill out this expression of interest. It’s possible that we’ll hire a software engineer, product manager, and/or generalist, but we don’t have concrete plans.