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 »

August 2018 Newsletter

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Updates New posts to the new AI Alignment Forum: Buridan’s Ass in Coordination Games; Probability is Real, and Value is Complex; Safely and Usefully Spectating on AIs Optimizing Over Toy Worlds MIRI Research Associate Vanessa Kosoy wins a $7500 AI Alignment Prize for “The Learning-Theoretic AI Alignment Research Agenda.” Applications for the prize’s next round will… Read more »

July 2018 Newsletter

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Updates A new paper: “Forecasting Using Incomplete Models“ New research write-ups and discussions: Prisoners’ Dilemma with Costs to Modeling; Counterfactual Mugging Poker Game; Optimization Amplifies Eliezer Yudkowsky, Paul Christiano, Jessica Taylor, and Wei Dai discuss Alex Zhu’s FAQ for Paul’s research agenda. We attended EA Global in SF, and gave a short talk on “Categorizing Variants… Read more »

New paper: “Forecasting using incomplete models”

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MIRI Research Associate Vanessa Kosoy has a paper out on issues in naturalized induction: “Forecasting using incomplete models”. Abstract: We consider the task of forecasting an infinite sequence of future observations based on some number of past observations, where the probability measure generating the observations is “suspected” to satisfy one or more of a set… Read more »