January 2021 Newsletter

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MIRI updates MIRI’s Evan Hubinger uses a notion of optimization power to define whether AI systems are compatible with the strategy-stealing assumption. MIRI’s Abram Demski discusses debate approaches to AI safety that don’t rely on factored cognition. Evan argues that the first AGI systems are likely to be very similar to each other, and discusses… Read more »

December 2020 Newsletter

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MIRI COO Malo Bourgon reviews our past year and discusses our future plans in 2020 Updates and Strategy. Our biggest update is that we've made less concrete progress than we expected on the new research we described in 2018 Update: Our New Research Directions. As a consequence, we're scaling back our work on these research… Read more »

November 2020 Newsletter

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MIRI researcher Scott Garrabrant has completed his Cartesian Frames sequence. Scott also covers the first two posts' contents in video form. Other MIRI updates Contrary to my previous announcement, MIRI won’t be running a formal fundraiser this year, though we’ll still be participating in Giving Tuesday and other matching opportunities. To donate and get information on tax-advantaged… Read more »

October 2020 Newsletter

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Starting today, Scott Garrabrant has begun posting Cartesian Frames, a sequence introducing a new conceptual framework Scott has found valuable for thinking about agency. In Scott's words: Cartesian Frames are “applying reasoning like Pearl's to objects like game theory's, with a motivation like Hutter's”. Scott will be giving an online talk introducing Cartesian frames this… Read more »

September 2020 Newsletter

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Abram Demski and Scott Garrabrant have made a major update to "Embedded Agency", with new discussions of ε-exploration, Newcomblike problems, reflective oracles, logical uncertainty, Goodhart's law, and predicting rare catastrophes, among other topics. Abram has also written an overview of what good reasoning looks in the absence of Bayesian updating: Radical Probabilism. One recurring theme: [I]n general… Read more »

August 2020 Newsletter

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MIRI updates Three questions from MIRI's Abram Demski: What does it mean to apply decision theory?, How “honest” is GPT-3?, and How should AI debate be judged? A transcript from MIRI researcher Scott Garrabrant: What Would I Do? Self-Prediction in Simple Algorithms. MIRI researcher Buck Shlegeris reviews the debate on what the history of nuclear weapons implies… Read more »

July 2020 Newsletter

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After completing a study fellowship at MIRI that he began in late 2019, Blake Jones is joining the MIRI research team full-time! Blake joins MIRI after a long career working on low-level software systems such as the Solaris operating system and the Oracle database. Other MIRI updates MIRI researcher Evan Hubinger goes on the FLI… Read more »

June 2020 Newsletter

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MIRI researcher Evan Hubinger reviews “11 different proposals for building safe advanced AI under the current machine learning paradigm”, comparing them on outer alignment, inner alignment, training competitiveness, and performance competitiveness.  Other updates We keep being amazed by new shows of support ⁠— following our last two announcements, MIRI has received a donation from another anonymous donor totaling ~$265,000 in euros, facilitated by… Read more »