AGI outcomes and civilizational competence

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The [latest IPCC] report says, “If you put into place all these technologies and international agreements, we could still stop warming at [just] 2 degrees.” My own assessment is that the kinds of actions you’d need to do that are so heroic that we’re not going to see them on this planet. —David Victor, professor… Read more »

Nate Soares’ talk: “Why ain’t you rich?”

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On September 18th, MIRI research fellow Nate Soares spoke at Purdue University’s Dawn or Doom seminar. Slides, video, and a transcript of his talk — “Why ain’t you rich? Why Our Current Understanding of ‘Rational Choice’ Isn’t Good Enough for Superintelligence” — are now available.  

MIRI’s October Newsletter

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    Research Updates Our major project last month was our Friendly AI technical agenda overview and supporting papers, the former of which is now in late draft form but not yet ready for release. 4 new expert interviews, including John Fox on AI safety. MIRI research fellow Nate Soares has begun to explain some of… Read more »

Kristinn Thórisson on constructivist AI

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Dr. Kristinn R. Thórisson is an Icelandic Artificial Intelligence researcher, founder of the Icelandic Institute for Intelligent Machines (IIIM) and co-founder and former co-director of CADIA: Center for Analysis and Design of Intelligent Agents. Thórisson is one of the leading proponents of artificial intelligence systems integration. Other proponents of this approach are researchers such as… Read more »

Nate Soares speaking at Purdue University

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On Thursday, September 18th Purdue University is hosting the seminar Dawn or Doom: The New Technology Explosion. Speakers include James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention, and MIRI research fellow Nate Soares. Nate’s talk title and abstract are: Why ain’t you rich?: Why our current understanding of “rational choice” isn’t good enough for superintelligence. The fate of humanity… Read more »

Ken Hayworth on brain emulation prospects

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Kenneth Hayworth is president of the Brain Preservation Foundation (BPF), an organization formed to skeptically evaluate cryonic and other potential human preservation technologies by examining how well they preserve the brain’s neural circuitry at the nanometer scale. Hayworth is also a Senior Scientist at the HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus where he is currently researching… Read more »

Friendly AI Research Help from MIRI

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Earlier this year, a student told us he was writing an honors thesis on logical decisions theories such as TDT and UDT — one of MIRI’s core research areas. Our reply was “Why didn’t you tell us this earlier? When can we fly you to Berkeley to help you with it?” So we flew Danny Hintze… Read more »

John Fox on AI safety

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John Fox is an interdisciplinary scientist with theoretical interests in AI and computer science, and an applied focus in medicine and medical software engineering. After training in experimental psychology at Durham and Cambridge Universities and post-doctoral fellowships at CMU and Cornell in the USA and UK (MRC) he joined the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now… Read more »