I started working at AI Impacts slightly less than a year ago. Before then, I was not following developments in either AI or AI safety. I do not consider myself a rationalist and did not engage with LessWrong before starting this job. While I have mostly been working on historical case studies,
> A particular notion of creativity that involves increasing the dimension of the space of possible options, as opposed to recombining existing options.
To me, the fact that AlphaZero has come up with new go openings seems to basically refute this. You can justify it as "well it's recombining existing options of moves on the go board" but that seems as uselessly reductionistic as describing any human creativity as recombining existing options to contract various muscles.
> There are some examples of inherently quantum effects impacting the macroscopic behavior of some biological systems. These are sometimes not things where the effects can be fully captured by setting some macroscopic parameters.
Aren't classical computers capable of simulating quantum systems?