Effective Altruism and Flow-Through Effects

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Last month, MIRI research fellow Carl Shulman1 participated in a recorded debate/conversation about effective altruism and flow-through effects. This issue is highly relevant to MIRI’s mission, since MIRI focuses on activities that are intended to produce altruistic value via their flow-through effects on the invention of AGI. The conversation (mp3, transcript) included: Nick Beckstead, research… Read more »

Double Your Donations via Corporate Matching

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MIRI has now partnered with Double the Donation, a company that makes it easier for donors to take advantage of donation matching programs offered by their employers. More than 65% of Fortune 500 companies match employee donations, and 40% offer grants for volunteering, but many of these opportunities go unnoticed. Most employees don’t know these… Read more »

How well will policy-makers handle AGI? (initial findings)

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MIRI’s mission is “to ensure that the creation of smarter-than-human intelligence has a positive impact.” One policy-relevant question is: How well should we expect policy makers to handle the invention of AGI, and what does this imply about how much effort to put into AGI risk mitigation vs. other concerns? To investigate these questions, we… Read more »

MIRI’s September Newsletter

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    Greetings from the Executive Director Dear friends, With your help, we finished our largest fundraiser ever, raising $400,000 for our research program. My thanks to everyone who contributed! We continue to publish non-math research to our blog, including an ebook copy of The Hanson-Yudkowsky AI-Foom Debate (see below). In the meantime, earlier math… Read more »

Laurent Orseau on Artificial General Intelligence

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Laurent Orseau is an associate professor (maître de conférences) since 2007 at AgroParisTech, Paris, France. In 2003, he graduated from a professional master in computer science at the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Rennes and from a research master in artificial intelligence at University of Rennes 1. He obtained his PhD in 2007. His… Read more »

Five Theses, Using Only Simple Words

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A recent xkcd comic described the Saturn V rocket using only the 1000 most frequently used words (in English). The rocket was called “up-goer five,” and the liquid hydrogen feed line was the “thing that lets in cold wet air to burn.” This inspired a geneticist to make the Up-Goer Five Text Editor, which forces you… Read more »

How effectively can we plan for future decades? (initial findings)

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MIRI aims to do research now that increases humanity’s odds of successfully managing important AI-related events that are at least a few decades away. Thus, we’d like to know: To what degree can we take actions now that will predictably have positive effects on AI-related events decades from now? And, which factors predict success and failure… Read more »

Stephen Hsu on Cognitive Genomics

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Stephen Hsu is Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies and Professor of Theoretical Physics at Michigan State University. Educated at Caltech and Berkeley, he was a Harvard Junior Fellow and held faculty positions at Yale and the University of Oregon. He was also founder of SafeWeb, an information security startup acquired by Symantec. Hsu is… Read more »