Glossary (Value Alignment Theory)

by Eliezer Yudkowsky Jul 2 2015 updated Dec 17 2015

Words that have a special meaning in the context of creating nice AIs.

The parent page for the definitions of words that are given a special or unusual meaning inside value alignment theory.

If a word or phrase could be mistaken for ordinary English (e.g. 'value' or 'utility function'), then you should create a glossary page indicating its special meaning inside VAT, and the first use of that word in any potentially confusing context should be linked here. While other special phrases (like Value Alignment Theory) should also be linked to their concept pages for understandability, they do not need glossary definitions apart from their existing concept pages. However, an overloaded word like 'value' needs its own brief (or lengthy) page that can be quickly consulted by somebody wondering what that word is taken to mean in the context of VAT.

See also Linguistic conventions in value alignment.