Get Involved With Our Research

MIRI offers many opportunities to get involved including math research workshops, volunteering, and more.

Participate in MIRI’s Research

Join our research efforts by applying to attend a workshop, host or attend a MIRx event, work with us, or get assistance with your own academic research.


Past Research Workshops and Participants

MIRIx Events and Information

Research Help for Students

Career Opportunities

There are ample opportunities to get involved with the ongoing research at MIRI. If you are interested in mathematical logic and probability theory and want to engage in an interesting field of research, get in touch with us by filling in the application below. The best ways of joining in our research efforts are:

Research Workshops: We host several week-long math research workshops each year, in the USA and Europe. Past workshops have resulted in papers about probabilistic logic, program equilibrium, and a Löbian obstacle to consistent self-reflection. Accepted workshop attendees will be notified when relevant workshops are scheduled to take place, which could be many months from acceptance.

MIRIx: From a simple gathering of some friends to read and discuss MIRI papers together, to a multi-day research workshop pursuing a specific line of attack on a particular problem, this program encourages mathematicians, computer scientists, and formal philosophers to organize their own Friendly AI workshops. In some cases we’ll be able to send a MIRI research fellow to a meeting to give tutorials and answer questions. We also offer to reimburse the event organizers for expenses.

Research Help for Students: MIRI wants to support Friendly AI research around the world. Our Friendly AI research help program encourages students of mathematics, computer science, and formal philosophy to collaborate and consult with our researchers to help steer and inform their work.

Research Fellowship: If you are a researcher in a relevant field with a proven track record of high-quality research, we’d love to connect with you about the career opportunities at MIRI. Note that most Research Fellowship applicants are required to first attend a Research Workshop.

If you are interested in any of the above programs or opportunities, please apply below so we can chat with you about your specific interests and availability.

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You can also get involved by learning more about what MIRI is doing and why, so you can speak to others about MIRI’s work and encourage them to get involved themselves.

At MIRI we think that 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.

In order to understand the importance of MIRI’s work, it’s essential to understand why we think an intelligence explosion is likely to take place, and what we can do about it:

Start by reading Smarter Than Us. This eBook is a great introduction to the topic.

What do we know about when this might happen? See When Will AI Be Created?

How can we increase our chances of a positive intelligence explosion? The most thorough analysis of this challenge yet published is Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies.

Give for Free

Join those who are raising money for MIRI simply by going about their everyday lives.

$18,000+

Amount raised to date through our “give for free” initiatives.

With your daily web searches, purchases at your favorite online retailers, and more, you can raise money for MIRI, all with no effort and at no cost to you!

AmazonSmile $1,500+ raised to date

Support MIRI through AmazonSmile.If you shop at the new AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to a charitable organization of your choosing. MIRI is an eligible charitable organization, so the next time you consider purchasing something through Amazon, support MIRI by shopping at AmazonSmile!

If you get to Amazon.com via an affiliate link, remember to change “amazon.com” to “smile.amazon.com” in the address bar before making your purchase. Or, even easier, use the SmileAlways Chrome extension.

VigLink $4,300+ raised to date

Contribute to MIRI by monetizing the links on your site. Add the following code snippet to your website just before the </body> tag:

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  var vglnk = { api_url: '//api.viglink.com/api',
                key: '9f37ca02a1e3cbd4f3d0a3618a39fbca' };

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             '//cdn.viglink.com/api') + '/vglnk.js';
    var r = d.getElementsByTagName(t)[0]; r.parentNode.insertBefore(s, r);
  }(document, 'script'));
</script>

Read more about how VigLink works here.

GoodSearch Tools $950+ raised to date

Raise money for MIRI through your web searches, online shopping, and more!

GoodSearch

GoodSearch (powered by Yahoo!) donates a small amount to MIRI every time you do a web search.

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To ensure you use GoodSearch as much as possible,

GoodShop

When you use GoodShop a percentage of purchases you make at over 2,800 online retailers are donated back to MIRI.

Dell (4% of purchase donated), Barnes & Noble (3%), The North Face (5%), Walgreens (4%), Amazon.com (1.5%), Apple (1%), Banana Republic (2.5%), Expedia (up to 5%), and Hotels.com (3%) are but a fraction of the participating online retailers.

Best of all, when you install the browser extension (compatible with all major browsers), it all happens automatically without any effort on your part.

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Volunteer

Join our volunteer list

MIRI doesn’t currently have an active volunteer program, but from time to time we do need volunteer help.

Sign up for our volunteer mailing list to receive notifications about future volunteering opportunities.

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