Get involved with our math research

MIRI offers many opportunities to get involved including math research workshops, internships, volunteering, and more.

Research Workshops

Join our research efforts by attending an upcoming workshop.

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The median reply, from first-time attendees, to the question “How happy are you that you came to the workshop?”

Past Workshops and Participants


MIRI hosts several week-long math research workshops each year, in the USA and Europe, on topics at the intersection of mathematical logic and probability theory. Past workshops have resulted in papers about probabilistic logic, program equilibrium, and a Löbian obstacle to consistent self-reflection.

If you are interested or think you might like to attend such a workshop in the next 18 months, please apply below so we can chat with you about your specific interests and your availability. We use this information to plan our workshops, rather than scheduling our workshops and then inviting people, so please apply even if there isn’t an already-scheduled workshop you know you’d like to attend!

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Key Information

  • All expenses are covered by MIRI for invited participants.
  • An interest in AI is not required.
  • Familiarity with some relevant subject areas is recommended.
  • Most workshops are a week long, and take place at our office in Berkeley, California.
What is your background? Why do you want to attend a research workshop?

MIRIx Workshops

MIRI wants to support Friendly AI research around the world.

Our MIRIx program encourages mathematicians, computer scientists, and formal philosophers to organize their own Friendly AI workshops, and offers to reimburse the organizers for expenses.

A MIRIx workshop can be as simple as gathering some of your friends to read MIRI papers together, talk about them, eat some snacks, scribble some ideas on whiteboards, and go out to dinner together. Or it can be a multi-day research workshop pursuing a specific line of attack on a particular problem. It’s up to you.

In some cases we’ll be able to send a MIRI research fellow to your first meeting to give tutorials and answer questions, or perhaps they’ll Skype in to your workshop to do the same. We’ll work out the details, and send you some tips on how to organize the workshop, after you fill out the short form here.

Internships

Join us for a few weeks at our head office in Berkeley, California.

If you are passionate about our work and want to get involved, but aren’t yet in a position to contribute directly to our research mission as a workshop participant, an internship might be right for you.

An internship offers you the opportunity to contribute your skills, gain valuable experience, and form strong relationships with MIRI’s staff, collaborators, and community of supporters.

If you possess the qualities we are looking for in an intern we want to hear from you.

Apply to be an intern!
Tell us about yourself, why you want to intern at MIRI, and why you think you’d make a good intern?

Applicants Must

  • Have a passion for MIRI’s work and mission.
  • Earned 250 points as a volunteer.
  • Read everything in the Learn section.
  • Be self-directed and have ability to get things done when mostly unsupervised.
  • Be willing to do mundane work some of the time.

Additional Information

  • Internships take place at our offices in Berkeley, California.
  • Internships at MIRI are unpaid.
  • The duration of internships vary but are usually 2–8 weeks long.

Volunteer

We are always in need of volunteers for a wide range of tasks.

MIRI’s team does a great deal, but we’re always short on time and people to get work done. This is where our volunteers come in. Every month there are hundreds of hours of work that we simply can’t get to without your help.

If you are passionate about MIRI’s work and want to help us out remotely, head over to mirivolunteers.org to see what volunteers are currently working on, and register as a volunteer to get started.

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You can also get involved by learning more about what MIRI is doing and why, so you can speak to others about MIRI’s work and encourage them to get involved themselves.

At MIRI we think that the creation of smarter-than-human intelligence will likely be the most significant event in human history, and MIRI exists to help ensure that this event has a positive impact.

In order to understand the importance of MIRI’s work, it’s essential to understand why we think an intelligence explosion is likely to take place, and what we can do about it:

Start by reading Smarter Than Us. This eBook is a great introduction to the topic.

What do we know about when this might happen? See When Will AI Be Created?

How can we increase our chances of a positive intelligence explosion? Learn more about how we might get an AI to share our values in Intelligence Explosion and Machine Ethics.

The impacts of intelligence explosion have the potential to be both positive and negative. See Artificial Intelligence as a Positive and Negative Factor in Global Risk.

Give for Free

Join those who are raising money for MIRI simply by going about their everyday lives.

$14,600+

Amount raised to date through our “give for free” initiatives.

With the swipe of a credit card, your daily web searches, purchases at your favorite online retailers, and more, you can raise money for MIRI, all with no effort and at no cost to you!

AmazonSmile $350+ raised to date

Support MIRI through AmazonSmile.If you shop at the new AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to a charitable organization of your choosing. MIRI is an eligible charitable organization, so the next time you consider purchasing something through Amazon, support MIRI by shopping at AmazonSmile!

If you get to Amazon.com via an affiliate link, remember to change “amazon.com” to “smile.amazon.com” in the address bar before making your purchase. Or, even easier, use the SmileAlways Chrome extension.

VigLink $4,000+ raised to date

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Read more about how VigLink works here.

GoodSearch Tools $500+ raised to date

Raise money for MIRI through your web searches, online shopping, and more!

GoodSearch

GoodSearch (powered by Yahoo!) donates a small amount to MIRI every time you do a web search.

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To ensure you use GoodSearch as much as possible,

GoodShop

When you use GoodShop a percentage of purchases you make at over 2,800 online retailers are donated back to MIRI.

Dell (4% of purchase donated), Barnes & Noble (3%), The North Face (5%), Walgreens (4%), Amazon.com (1.5%), Apple (1%), Banana Republic (2.5%), Expedia (up to 5%), and Hotels.com (3%) are but a fraction of the participating online retailers.

Best of all, when you install the browser extension (compatible with all major browsers), it all happens automatically without any effort on your part.

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Use your MIRI Credit Card when shopping online and MIRI will receive an additional 1%.

GoodDining

Register your credit card with GoodDining and MIRI will receive 2.5–5% of what you spend when you eat out at participating restaurants. See GoodDining’s how it works page to find out more.

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Use your MIRI Credit Card when eating out and MIRI will receive an additional 1%.

This service has been discontinued. We are looking into alternatives.
MIRI Credit Card $9,900+ raised to date

Join those who raise over $1,000 a quarter simply by using their credit card.

When you use the Capital One MIRI Platinum VISA, MIRI receives:

  • $50 after your first purchase,
  • 2% of all your gas and grocery purchases, and
  • 1% of all additional purchases.
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