This post is not a detailed strategic plan. For now, I just want to provide an update on what MIRI is doing in 2013 and why.
Our mission remains the same. The creation of smarter-than-human intelligence will likely be the most significant event in human history, and MIRI exists to help ensure that this event has a positive impact.
Still, much has changed in the past year:
- The short-term goals in our August 2011 strategic plan were largely accomplished.
- We changed our name from “The Singularity Institute” to “The Machine Intelligence Research Institute” (MIRI).
- We were once doing three things — research, rationality training, and the Singularity Summit. Now we’re doing one thing: research. Rationality training was spun out to a separate organization, CFAR, and the Summit was acquired by Singularity University. We still co-produce the Singularity Summit with Singularity University, but this requires limited effort on our part.
- After dozens of hours of strategic planning in January–March 2013, and with input from 20+ external advisors, we’ve decided to (1) put less effort into public outreach, and to (2) shift our research priorities to Friendly AI math research.
It’s this last pair of changes I’d like to explain in more detail below.