News and links
- Following an increase in US spending on autonomous weapons, The New York Times reports that the Pentagon is turning to Silicon Valley for an edge.
- IARPA director Jason Matheny, a former researcher at FHI, discusses forecasting and risk from emerging technologies (video).
- FHI Research Fellow Owen Cotton-Barratt gives oral evidence to the UK Parliament on the need for robust and transparent AI systems.
- Google reveals a hidden reason for AlphaGo’s exceptional performance against Lee Se-dol: a new integrated circuit design that can speed up machine learning applications by an order of magnitude.
- Elon Musk answers questions about SpaceX, Tesla, OpenAI, and more (video).
- Why worry about advanced AI? Stuart Russell (in Scientific American), George Dvorsky (in Gizmodo), and SETI director Seth Shostak (in Tech Times) explain.
- Olle Häggeström’s new book, Here Be Dragons, serves as an unusually thoughtful and thorough introduction to existential risk and future technological development, including a lucid discussion of artificial superintelligence.
- Robin Hanson examines the implications of widespread whole-brain emulation in his new book, The Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life when Robots Rule the Earth.
- Bill Gates highly recommends Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence. The paperback edition is now out, with a newly added afterword.
- FHI Research Associate Paul Christiano has joined OpenAI as an intern. Christiano has also written new posts on AI alignment: Efficient and Safely Scalable, Learning with Catastrophes, Red Teams, and The Reward Engineering Problem.