May 2020 Newsletter
MIRI has received an anonymous donation of ~$275,000 in euros, facilitated by Effective Giving UK. Additionally, the Survival and Flourishing Fund, working with funders Jaan Tallinn and Jed McCaleb, has announced $340,000 in grants to MIRI. SFF is a new fund that is taking over much of BERI's grantmaking work.
To everyone involved in both decisions to support our research, thank you!
- An Orthodox Case Against Utility Functions: MIRI researcher Abram Demski makes the case against utility functions that rely on a microphysical “view from nowhere”.
- Stuart Armstrong’s “If I were a well-intentioned AI…” sequence looks at alignment problems from the perspective of a well-intentioned but ignorant agent.
- AI Impacts' Asya Bergal summarizes takeaways from “safety-by-default” researchers.
- Agarwal and Norouzi report improvements in offline RL.
- Daniel Kokotajlo’s Three Kinds of Competitiveness distinguishes performance-competitive, cost-competitive, and date-competitive AI systems.
- The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy's new Ethics of AI and Robotics article includes a discussion of existential risk from AGI.