Hi I’m Josh

I am interested in design, psychology, game theory, information theory and networks. My goal is to create systems which connect people in a way so that they can collaboratively understand a subject, collect information, and solve large communal problems.

I am currently CEO and cofounder of Midflip. MidFlip is a social wiki, where your favorite topics are improved by the crowd.

For each topic, the crowd forges and collects the best videos, images, and explanations. You can cooperate and compete to build the wiki, or you can simply post your own blogs, content, and stuff.

Wish me luck, we are currently launching MidFlip beta! We are dedicated to an iterative strategy, where we improve MidFlip continually given feedback so… check out MidFlip, and give us feedback!

Open Intro

A story about creativity and feedback

Improving in a creative direction is hard. Really hard. That’s why most people simply copy what has been done before. But now everyone and their AI can do that.

So, we turn to the difficult road… but perhaps the more meaningful one.

Creating something new

Let’s say you are drawing a picture. Or writing an article. Or designing a p...

Gap Selling - Summarizing the Framework.

Here we are summarizing the Gap Selling Framework presented in the book Gap Selling by Keenan. We are not summarizing the book chapter by chapter, instead we are finding the best way to present these ideas in a short and easy to read format. This is a collaborative text so if you feel you can improve it please submit an edit!

The cor...

Reframing evolution - an information wavefront traveling through time.

When we are taught evolution, we are taught a simple metaphor. The tree of life. Where the different leaves represent different species. As you go down from the leaves you find different splits in twigs or branches. These splits represent the last common ancestor for the connected species. As we continue to go down, we eventually rea...

Learning about Learning

Here we are creating a mental model of how learning occurs. It is a get-in, get-out, don’t-f-about type of model. We skip the low-down explanations of neurons and move straight to representations. How do representations form? how do they interconnect? And how do they contribute to learning?

Relationships between representations.

Int...

Implementing Asimov’s Laws of Robotics (The first law) - How alignment could work.

The Three Laws of Robotics

In 1942 Isaac Asimov started a series of short stories about robots. In those stories, his robots were programed to obey the three laws of robotics. Each story was about a situation where the robots acted oddly in order to comply with the three laws.

The three laws:

  • A robot may not injure a human being or,...

Open-sourced Morality Training Environments

Intelligence is like fire: incredibly useful but devastating if pointing in the wrong direction.

Some people believe that with intelligence comes morality. But this intuition is generally considered wrong by the AI community. There is no reason to believe that intelligent systems develop morality.

The top theory of why Morality forme...

AI & Over Optimization

Artificial Intelligence is based on optimization. A measurable goal is set, and the system updates to better achieve that goal.

But what if the system over-optimizes? Like the famous hypothetical story of the paperclip maximizer. A system that is told to make paperclips by a paperclip company. The system does so to the absurd extreme...