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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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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.
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.Start Volunteering Today
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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 2013 MIRI made a major strategic shift to a focus on Friendly AI research. Whether you’ve recently discovered MIRI or have been following our work over the years, you’ll want to read our 2013 strategic update to familiarize yourself with our current strategy.
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 Facing the Intelligence Explosion. 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? It seems likely that if an AI’s goals differ from ours, then this could be disastrous. 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
Smarter-than-human intelligence has the potential to have a massive positive impact on humanity, but it also has the potential to have a negative impact. MIRI exists to help ensure the intelligence explosion has a positive impact.
The risk an intelligence explosion poses to humanity is known as an existential risk. Learn more about this type of risk in the TEDx video below by Prof. Nick Bostrom of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University.
To delve deeper into the concept of existential risk read Bostrom’s Existential Risk Prevention as Global Priority.
For a briefer paper demonstrating the importance of existential risk reduction see Bostrom’s Astronomical Waste: The Opportunity Cost of Delayed Technological Development.
When thinking about existential risks it can be easy for our cognitive biases to get the best of us. MIRI’s senior research fellow explores this in Cognitive Biases Potentially Affecting Judgement of Global Risks.
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Join those who are raising money for MIRI simply by going about their everyday lives.
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!
MIRI Credit Card $9,500+ 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.
AmazonSmile $115+ raised to date
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
Contribute to MIRI by monetizing the links on your site. Add the following code snippet to your website just before the
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 (powered by Yahoo!) donates a small amount to MIRI every time you do a web search.Sign Up
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.Sign Up
Use your MIRI Credit Card when shopping online and MIRI will receive an additional 1%.
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.Sign Up
Use your MIRI Credit Card when eating out and MIRI will receive an additional 1%.