Michael Blume (dudley_doright) wrote,
Michael Blume

From the "Rationality Quotes" discussion thread on LW

Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.

--J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I can't help but ask whether you've ever found this advice personally useful, and if so, how.

Actually my first thought upon reading that was "follow the improbability" -- be suspicious of elements of your world-model that seem particularly well optimized in some direction if you can't see the source of the optimization pressure.

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Added my own two cents there:

A much more concrete example is cloud computing. Granted, computers don't "think," but it's a close enough analogy.

You must always keep in mind that there is no magic "cloud"- only concrete machines that other people own and keep hidden from you. People who might have very different ideas than you on such matters, as for example, privacy rights.