Social norms

Asch conformity experiments, Schelling points, illusory norms via pluralistic ignorance or majority illusions.

Anders Sandberg, on AI versus social norm enforcemant:

We are subject to norm enforcement from friends and strangers all the time. What is new is the application of media and automation. They scale up the stakes and add the possibility of automated enforcement […] . Automated enforcement makes the panopticon effect far stronger: instead of suspecting a possibility of being observed it is a near certainty. So the net effect is stronger, more pervasive norm enforcement…

…of norms that can be observed and accurately assessed. Jaywalking is transparent in a way being rude or selfish often isn’t. We may end up in a situation where we carefully obey some norms, not because they are the most important but because they can be monitored.

I think Anders is approach goodhardts law.


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