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 »

October 2018 Newsletter

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The AI Alignment Forum has left beta! Dovetailing with the launch, MIRI researchers Scott Garrabrant and Abram Demski will be releasing a new sequence introducing our research over the coming week, beginning here: Embedded Agents. (Shorter illustrated version here.) Other updates New posts to the forum: Cooperative Oracles; When Wishful Thinking Works; (A → B) → A;… Read more »

September 2018 Newsletter

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Summer MIRI Updates: Buck Shlegeris and Ben Weinstein-Raun have joined the MIRI team! Additionally, we ran a successful internship program over the summer, and we’re co-running a new engineer-oriented workshop series with CFAR. On the fundraising side, we received a $489,000 grant from the Long-Term Future Fund, a $150,000 AI Safety Retraining Program grant from… Read more »