New papers dividing logical uncertainty into two subproblems

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I’m happy to announce two new technical results related to the problem of logical uncertainty, perhaps our most significant results from the past year. In brief, these results split the problem of logical uncertainty into two distinct subproblems, each of which we can now solve in isolation. The remaining problem, in light of these results,… Read more »

MIRI has a new COO: Malo Bourgon

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I’m happy to announce that Malo Bourgon, formerly a program management analyst at MIRI, has taken on a new leadership role as our chief operating officer. As MIRI’s second-in-command, Malo will be taking over a lot of the hands-on work of coordinating our day-to-day activities: supervising our ops team, planning events, managing our finances, and… Read more »

End-of-the-year fundraiser and grant successes

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Our winter fundraising drive has concluded. Thank you all for your support! Through the month of December, 175 distinct donors gave a total of $351,298. Between this fundraiser and our summer fundraiser, which brought in $630k, we’ve seen a surge in our donor base; our previous fundraisers over the past five years had brought in… Read more »

Safety engineering, target selection, and alignment theory

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Artificial intelligence capabilities research is aimed at making computer systems more intelligent — able to solve a wider range of problems more effectively and efficiently. We can distinguish this from research specifically aimed at making AI systems at various capability levels safer, or more “robust and beneficial.” In this post, I distinguish three kinds of direct… Read more »

OpenAI and other news

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We’re only 11 days into December, and this month is shaping up to be a momentous one. On December 3, the University of Cambridge partnered with the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, and UC Berkeley to launch the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk… Read more »

MIRI’s 2015 Winter Fundraiser!

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The Machine Intelligence Research Institute’s 2015 winter fundraising drive begins today, December 1! Our current progress:   Donate Now   The drive will run for the month of December, and will help support MIRI’s research efforts aimed at ensuring that smarter-than-human AI systems have a positive impact.   MIRI’s Research Focus The field of AI… Read more »

Our summer fundraising drive is complete!

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Our summer fundraising drive is now finished. We raised a grand total of $631,957, from 263 donors.1 This is an incredible sum, and your support has made this the biggest fundraiser we’ve ever run.   We’ve already been hard at work growing our research team and spinning up new projects, and I’m excited to see… Read more »

Final fundraiser day: Announcing our new team

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Today is the final day of MIRI’s summer fundraising drive, and as of this morning, our total stands at $543,373. Our donors’ efforts have made this fundraiser the biggest one we’ve ever run, and we’re hugely grateful. As our fundraiser nears the finish line, I’d like to update you on the new shape of MIRI’s… Read more »