Kristinn Thórisson on constructivist AI

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Dr. Kristinn R. Thórisson is an Icelandic Artificial Intelligence researcher, founder of the Icelandic Institute for Intelligent Machines (IIIM) and co-founder and former co-director of CADIA: Center for Analysis and Design of Intelligent Agents. Thórisson is one of the leading proponents of artificial intelligence systems integration. Other proponents of this approach are researchers such as… Read more »

Nate Soares speaking at Purdue University

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On Thursday, September 18th Purdue University is hosting the seminar Dawn or Doom: The New Technology Explosion. Speakers include James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention, and MIRI research fellow Nate Soares. Nate’s talk title and abstract are: Why ain’t you rich?: Why our current understanding of “rational choice” isn’t good enough for superintelligence. The fate of humanity… Read more »

Ken Hayworth on brain emulation prospects

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Kenneth Hayworth is president of the Brain Preservation Foundation (BPF), an organization formed to skeptically evaluate cryonic and other potential human preservation technologies by examining how well they preserve the brain’s neural circuitry at the nanometer scale. Hayworth is also a Senior Scientist at the HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus where he is currently researching… Read more »

Friendly AI Research Help from MIRI

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Earlier this year, a student told us he was writing an honors thesis on logical decisions theories such as TDT and UDT — one of MIRI’s core research areas. Our reply was “Why didn’t you tell us this earlier? When can we fly you to Berkeley to help you with it?” So we flew Danny Hintze… Read more »

John Fox on AI safety

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John Fox is an interdisciplinary scientist with theoretical interests in AI and computer science, and an applied focus in medicine and medical software engineering. After training in experimental psychology at Durham and Cambridge Universities and post-doctoral fellowships at CMU and Cornell in the USA and UK (MRC) he joined the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now… Read more »

Daniel Roy on probabilistic programming and AI

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Daniel Roy is an Assistant Professor of Statistics at the University of Toronto. Roy earned an S.B. and M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science, from MIT.  His dissertation on probabilistic programming received the department’s George M Sprowls Thesis Award.  Subsequently, he held a Newton International Fellowship of the Royal… Read more »

New paper: “Exploratory engineering in artificial intelligence”

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Luke Muehlhauser and Bill Hibbard have a new paper in the September 2014 issue of Communications of the ACM, the world’s most-read peer-reviewed computer science publication. The title is “Exploratory Engineering in Artificial Intelligence.” Excerpt: We regularly see examples of new artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities… No doubt such automation will produce tremendous economic value, but will we… Read more »

2014 Summer Matching Challenge Completed!

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Thanks to the generosity of 100+ donors, today we successfully completed our 2014 summer matching challenge, raising more than $400,000 total for our research program. Our deepest thanks to all our supporters! Also, Jed McCaleb’s new crypto-currency Stellar was launched during MIRI’s fundraiser, and we decided to accept donated stellars. These donations weren’t counted toward the matching drive, and their market… Read more »