### isinlor (14) When will the first Artificial General Intelligence system be devised, tested, and publicly known of? [stronger operationalization]

Again, community does not seem to be consistent. [First AGI (weak)?](https://www.metaculus.com/questions/3479/when-will-the-first-artificial-general-intelligence-system-be-devised-tested-and-publicly-known-of/) Apr 2033 (2026 - 2051) [First AGI (strong)?](https://www.metaculus.com/questions/5121/when-will-the-first-artificial-general-intelligence-system-be-devised-tested-and-publicly-known-of-stronger-operationalization/) Aug 2044 (2032 - 2065) [How long from weak AGI to superintelligence?](https://www.metaculus.com/questions/4123/after-an-agi-is-crea...

### isinlor (13) What will be the ratio of fatalities to total estimated infections for COVID-19 by the end of 2020?

I found an interesting meta-analysis of the current literature with regard to IFR. The mean of the summary estimate is 0.75% (surprisingly similar to Metaculus!), but 95% CI is a lot more narrow 0.49-1.01.

### isinlor (12) Will someone born before 2001 live to be 150?

@jipkin The website itself may not exists, but it will be almost certainly archived. I would love to know what question people in 1800 or 800 would make and what would be their predictions.

### isinlor (11) Will one of the verified oldest living persons in the world reach 120 years of age?

Interesting research on this topic:

Supercentenarians and the oldest-old are concentrated into regions with no birth certificates and short lifespans "As such, relative poverty and short lifespan constitute unexpected predictors of centenarian and supercentenarian status, and support a primary role of fraud and error in generating remarkable human age records." https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/704080v1

### isinlor (11) Will there be a 9 foot tall human by 2075?

Could we stop using imperial units? It's a ridiculous system.

Or at least update the question to include the standard, metric system?

9 foot = 274 cm

8 foot = 244 cm

### isinlor (10) Platform feature suggestions

I would be interested to see more sorting options:

• sort by biggest change in prediction in the last month
• sort by biggest disagreement with the community
• sort by predicted to resolve soon for open time questions
• sort by least likely to happen
• sort by most likely to happen

It would be also nice to have auto categories for open ended and closed ended questions types, so that we can filter them.

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### isinlor (10) Will the human condition change fundamentally before 2100?

Everyone here should remember that on the world scale we are WEIRD - Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic. The rest of the world is not like us and our condition does not define the humanity condition. Bring the whole world up to the standard of living of an average American, Dutchman or Finn would IMO be a fundamental change in human condition already. We are living trough multiple revolution on a scale far greater than the agricultural and industrial revolutions simply because of how many people they impact. First revolution is the ...

### isinlor (10) Discussion topic: what are some suggestions for questions to launch?

I'm considering whether Metaculus could be leveraged as a tool to do serious science. Sort of predicting the future by actually making it. My idea is to ask a well formulated research question on Metaculus that can be answered anytime just by carrying out an experiment. The question closes and resolves when the proof of carrying out the experiment is posted. The person who carried out the experiment gets to predict with full certainty, since she or he actually knows the result. The moderation team and community serve also as a peer-review system. It ha...

### isinlor (10) Human-machine intelligence parity by 2040?

I was looking at Metaculus community predictions looking for inconsistencies. I'm just paying with the idea that cross referencing predictions to create consistent narrative may improve predictions overall. I don't think I can explain the following predictions: - 55% for [Human-machine intelligence parity by 2040?](https://www.metaculus.com/questions/384/human-machine-intelligence-parity-by-2040/) resolved by testing AI and graduate students in each of physics, mathematics and computer science on an identical series of exam questions over a period of ...

### isinlor (10) How many infections of COVID-19 will be estimated to have occurred before 2021? [50k-1B range]

I have compiled list of some interesting resources: [WHO situation reports.](https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports) I guess it's the most reliable and official data source there is. [BNO News: map and timeline](https://bnonews.com/index.php/2020/02/the-latest-coronavirus-cases/) It's very frequently updated and the time line is especially useful. They inform about first cases in a country and provide links to sources. [GitHub repository with the data by Johns Hopkins CSSE.](https://github.com/CSSEGISandData/...

### isinlor (9) Platform feature suggestions

I'm curious what other people think about opening politics.metaculus.com and moving politics there while keeping only the most important / least contentious questions on the main?

### isinlor (9) Forecasting AI Progress — Discussion

@(moreheadm) I agree with @notany sentiment. In general recent tournament questions seem "made up" or forced e.g. road-to-recovery. Answering cookie cutter questions is not intellectually interesting. This tournament is more interesting than road-to-recovery, but it could still use some more variety. Li Wenliang Forecasting Tournament had a lot of interesting questions and I think it was in big part due to crowdsourcing. My suggestion to @Tamay and admins would be to give prizes for question writing as a part of tournaments. Good question writing is re...

### isinlor (9) What will be the doubling time of COVID-19 cases during the peak growth period in 2020?

Out of these 3 questions at least one has to be wrong by a lot: - [What will be the doubling time of COVID-19 cases during the peak growth period in 2020?](https://www.metaculus.com/questions/3802/what-will-be-the-doubling-time-of-covid-19-cases-during-the-peak-growth-period-in-2020/) ~ 3.9-6.3 days - [Which month of 2020 will see the biggest global increase of COVID-19 cases?](https://www.metaculus.com/questions/3781/which-month-of-2020-will-see-the-biggest-global-increase-of-covid-19-cases/) April-May-June - [How many infections of COVID-19 confirmed ...

### isinlor (9) A New Design Language For Metaculus

For me the only problem with UX with the current design on mobile are the sliders. Especially on open questions. It's super cumbersome and fiddly to make precise predictions. But from what I can see it didn't change at all. I also want to mention that like the current design, the night version, for it's unique, edgy and old school character. The new design is okeish, but it is bland. The main positive I see in the new design is being able to see the current community prediction distribution on the list of the question. I also like that there is a label...

### isinlor (9) How many infections of COVID-19 will be estimated to have occurred before 2021? [50k-1B range]

Indonesia seems to be underreporting cases. From @ninjaedit [here](https://www.metaculus.com/questions/3711/how-many-total-confirmed-cases-of-novel-coronavirus-will-be-reported-in-the-who-south-east-asia-region-by-march-27/#comment-23634). > People with travel history from Indonesia seem to be showing up as infected in other countries (https://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2020…). At least in Singapore, and possibly there was also a case in Australia. If all three examples are correctly reported, the undetected outbreak in Indonesia could well be abo...

### isinlor (9) Will at least one Metaculus user report a positive test result for novel coronavirus by the end of 2020?

@nagolinc It also appears that infections roughly follow Pareto principle - around 80% of infections are caused by around 20% of events. So, if Metaculus users are very good at avoiding this types of situations, the difference may be amplified in a nonintuitive way.

### isinlor (8) Will SpaceX test a stainless-steel prototype Starship by February 1?

@AABoyles Your "The Elon Musk Prediction Correction Calculator" is awesome. (Besides USA date style :P)

For next Starship flight:

On 18 Dec 2019, Elon Musk predicted he’d deliver on 18 March 2020. He is much more likely to deliver around 14 July 2020.

And it's really super funny how close he is to operating in Mars years. Mars year is 1.88 of Earth year, your correction is 1.775, and add 48 days.

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### isinlor (8) How many infections of COVID-19 will be estimated to have occurred before 2021? [50k-1B range]

[Situation in South Korea is very encouraging](https://i.imgur.com/kXofqt4.png) with 0.6% case fatality rate. WHO thinks that this virus can be controlled and contained with efforts similar to China or South Korea. Fundamentals of epidemiology work, tracking people and isolating works. IMO testing, tracking down contacts and response of the general population will be the biggest factors determining the scale of the outbreak and whether it will grow out of any hope of control. This is true for rich countries, the question is also how countries poorer th...

### isinlor (8) Will life on Venus be confirmed before 2035?

About phosphine... Seems like it may have been a 12th-order polynomial fit producing spurious results. > [Re-analysis of the 267-GHz ALMA observations of Venus: No statistically significant detection of phosphine](https://arxiv.org/abs/2010.09761) > Context: ALMA observations of Venus at 267 GHz have been presented in the literature that show the apparent presence of phosphine (PH3) in its atmosphere. Phosphine has currently no evident production routes on the planet's surface or in its atmosphere. > Aims: The aim of this work is to assess the statist...

### isinlor (8) What will be the ratio of fatalities to total estimated infections for COVID-19 by the end of 2020?

[Seroprevalence in Dheli seems to be around 20%](https://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/over-23-of-delhi-s-population-affected-by-covid-19-shows-serosurvey-results/story-Sq1XXdPkfmDdggyNwGdlSK.html) based on [tests with 92% sensitivity and 98% specificity](https://twitter.com/DrJarlov/status/1285546389821325321/photo/1). Dheli reported overall 3628 deaths and has population of 19 million. $$\frac{3600\ deaths}{0.2*19*1000^2\ infected} * 100\% \approx 0.1\%\ IFR$$ If these results hold under scrutiny this will significantly decrease my prediction....