Suzana Herculano-Houzel on cognitive ability and brain size

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Suzana Herculano-Houzel is an associate professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she heads the Laboratory of Comparative Neuroanatomy. She is a Scholar of the James McDonnell Foundation, and a Scientist of the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) and of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ). Her main research interests… Read more »

Martin Hilbert on the world’s information capacity

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Martin Hilbert pursues a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the role of information, communication, and knowledge in the development of complex social systems. He holds doctorates in Economics and Social Sciences, and in Communication, a life-long appointment as Economic Affairs Officer of the United Nations Secretariat, and is part of the faculty of the University of… Read more »

Why MIRI?

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I wrote a short profile of MIRI for a forthcoming book on effective altruism. It leaves out many important details, but hits many of the key points pretty succinctly: The Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) was founded in 2000 on the premise that creating smarter-than-human artificial intelligence with a positive impact — “Friendly AI” — might… Read more »

Thomas Bolander on self-reference and agent introspection

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Thomas Bolander, Ph.D., is associate professor at DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark. He is doing research in logic and artificial intelligence with primary focus on the use of logic to model human-like planning, reasoning and problem solving. Of special interest is the modelling of social phenomena and social intelligence with the aim of creating… Read more »

Jonathan Millen on covert channel communication

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Jonathan Millen started work at the MITRE Corporation in 1969, after graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Ph.D. in Mathematics. He retired from MITRE in 2012 as a Senior Principal in the Information Security Division. From 1997 to 2004 he enjoyed an interlude as a Senior Computer Scientist in the SRI International Computer Science… Read more »

Wolf Kohn on hybrid systems control

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Dr. Wolf Kohn is the Chief Scientist at Atigeo, LLC, and a Research Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Washington. He is the founder and co-founder of two successful start-up companies: Clearsight Systems, Corp., and Kohn-Nerode, Inc. Both companies explore applications in the areas of advanced optimal control, rule-based optimization, and… Read more »

MIRI’s April 2014 Newsletter

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Research Updates New technical report: “Botworld 1.0.” 9 new expert interviews: Max Tegmark on the mathematical universe, Randal Koene on whole brain emulation, Michael Carbin on integrity properties in approximate computing, Anil Nerode on hybrid systems control, Lyle Ungar on forecasting, Erik DeBenedictis on supercomputing, Will MacAskill on normative uncertainty, Diana Spears on the safety of adaptive agents, and Paulo… Read more »

New Report: Botworld

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Today MIRI releases a new technical report: “Botworld 1.0” (pdf) by recent hires Nate Soares and Benja Fallenstein. The report is a “literate” Haskell file, available from MIRI’s Github page. Soares explains the report on his accompanying Less Wrong post, which is also the preferred place for discussion of the report: This report introduces Botworld,… Read more »