March 2019 Newsletter

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Want to be in the reference class “people who solve the AI alignment problem”? We now have a guide on how to get started, based on our experience of what tends to make research groups successful. (Also on the AI Alignment Forum.) Other updates Demski and Garrabrant’s introduction to MIRI’s agent foundations research, “Embedded Agency,” is… Read more »

A new field guide for MIRIx

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We’ve just released a field guide for MIRIx groups, and for other people who want to get involved in AI alignment research. MIRIx is a program where MIRI helps cover basic expenses for outside groups that want to work on open problems in AI safety. You can start your own group or find information on… Read more »

February 2019 Newsletter

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Updates Ramana Kumar and Scott Garrabrant argue that the AGI safety community should begin prioritizing “approaches that work well in the absence of human models”:  [T]o the extent that human modelling is a good idea, it is important to do it very well; to the extent that it is a bad idea, it is best… Read more »

January 2019 Newsletter

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Our December fundraiser was a success, with 348 donors contributing just over $950,000. Supporters leveraged a variety of matching opportunities, including employer matching programs, WeTrust Spring’s Ethereum-matching campaign, Facebook’s Giving Tuesday event, and professional poker players Dan Smith, Aaron Merchak, and Martin Crowley’s Double Up Drive, expertly facilitated by Raising for Effective Giving. In all, matching… Read more »

December 2018 Newsletter

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Edward Kmett has joined the MIRI team! Edward is a prominent Haskell developer who popularized the use of lenses for functional programming, and currently maintains many of the libraries around the Haskell core libraries. I’m also happy to announce another new recruit: James Payor. James joins the MIRI research team after three years at Draftable, a software… Read more »

MIRI’s newest recruit: Edward Kmett!

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Prolific Haskell developer Edward Kmett has joined the MIRI team! Edward is perhaps best known for popularizing the use of lenses for functional programming. Lenses are a tool that provides a compositional vocabulary for accessing parts of larger structures and describing what you want to do with those parts. Beyond the lens library, Edward maintains… Read more »

November 2018 Newsletter

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In 2018 Update: Our New Research Directions, Nate Soares discusses MIRI’s new research; our focus on “deconfusion”; some of the thinking behind our decision to default to nondisclosure on new results; and why more people than you might think should come join the MIRI team! Additionally, our 2018 fundraiser begins today! To kick things off,… Read more »