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1: Last week I posted a subscribers-only book review of Cyropaedia. Several people commented that two days earlier, the Substack Mr. and Mrs. Psmith’s Bookshelf also reviewed the same book (the commenters politely omitted “and did a better job”). Highly recommended, whether you read my version or not.

2: Last year I bet that AI art generators would be able to handle some tough compositionality requests before 2025. There was widespread speculation that the latest generation (eg DALL-E2) had won this bet. Edwin Chen has tested them out, and says they’re not quite there.

3:The PIBBSS Fellowship asks me to remind you of their existence. They’re a 3-month fully-funded program in AI alignment. They take PhDs and postdocs from other fields “such as evolutionary bio, neuroscience, dynamical systems theory, economic/political/legal theory, and more” and help them work on a project “at the intersection of your own field and AI safety, under the mentorship of experienced AI alignment researchers”. Learn more / apply here before the February 4 deadline.