Nate Soares (email) is MIRI’s executive director. He joined the MIRI research team in April 2014, quickly earning a strong reputation for his strategic insight and high productivity. Nate is the primary author of most of MIRI’s technical agenda, including the overview document “Aligning Superintelligence with Human Interests: a Technical Research Agenda” (2014) and the AAAI conference paper “Corrigibility” (2015). Prior to MIRI, Nate worked as a software engineer at Google.
Senior Research Fellow
Eliezer Yudkowsky (email) is a decision theorist who is widely cited for his writings on the long-term future of artificial intelligence. His views on the social and philosophical implications of AI have had a major impact on ongoing debates in the field, and his work in mathematical logic has heavily shaped MIRI’s research agenda. He is the author of the Cambridge Handbook of Artificial Intelligence chapter “The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence” with Nick Bostrom (2014), and has written a number of popular introductions to the science of human rationality.
Benja Fallenstein (email) works on basic theoretical questions raised by the challenge of aligning advanced AI systems with human goals. These include decision- and game-theoretic problems that arise when artificial agents reason about future versions of themselves or about other, similarly powerful agents in their environment. Benja is working on developing models of logical uncertainty (uncertainty about which mathematical statements are true), anthropic reasoning, and the specification of safe AI goals, and is also interested in formal verification and in programming languages with integrated proof checkers. Benja holds a Bachelors in Mathematics from the University of Vienna.
Patrick LaVictoire (email) has a background in pure mathematics (AB from the University of Chicago, PhD from UC Berkeley, postdoc at the University of Wisconsin) and applied machine learning / data science (working for the app search startup Quixey). He has contributed to open problems in game theory and provability theory, and is the lead author of “Program Equilibrium in the Prisoner’s Dilemma via Löb’s Theorem,” a paper presented at AAAI 2014. He is especially interested in the mathematics of idealized decision theory, logical counterfactuals, principled self-modification, goal stability, and corrigibility.
Program Management Analyst
Malo Bourgon (email) improves the efficiency and effectiveness of all aspects of MIRI, from research and outreach programs to operations and fundraising efforts. He also assists with capacity building and generally helps make things happen. Malo holds a Masters in Engineering from the University of Guelph.
Program Management Analyst
Alex Vermeer (email) improves MIRI’s operations and output by measuring useful data, identifying inefficiencies, and improving processes. He also coordinates MIRI’s document production team. Alex holds an Engineering degree from the University of Guelph.
Katja Grace’s (email) research at MIRI focuses on social and historical questions related to artificial intelligence outcomes. Her analyses include “Algorithmic Progress in Six Domains” (2013). She writes the blog Meteuphoric, contributes to the AI Impacts project, and is sometimes a PhD student in Logic, Computation, and Methodology at Carnegie Mellon University.
Rob Bensinger (email) writes and edits introductory material on MIRI’s research priorities and long-term mission. His background is in the study of scientific and religious communities, and his research interests include value theory, metametaphysics, and the intersection of philosophy and psychology.
Stuart RussellProfessor, UC Berkeley
Author, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach
Nick BostromProfessor, University of Oxford
Director, Future of Humanity Institute
Max TegmarkProfessor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Founder, Future of Life Institute
Gary DrescherPhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Author, Made-Up Minds
Robin HansonProfessor, George Mason University
Author, Economic Growth Given Machine Intelligence
Steve OmohundroPhD, UC Berkeley
Author, Rational Artificial Intelligence for the Greater Good
Moshe LooksPhD, Washington University
Scientist, Google Research
Roman YampolskiyProfessor, University of Louisville
Author, Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach
Peter ThielCo-founder, PayPal
Christine PetersonCo-Founder, Foresight Institute
Liron ShapiraCo-founder & CTO, Quixey
Jed McCalebCo-Founder, Stellar Development Foundation
Luke MuehlhauserResearch Analyst, GiveWell
MIRI’s research associates are supported by other institutions,
but often work closely with our staff on work related to the technical agenda.
Edwin Evans CHAIRVice President of Engineering, Linc Global
Matthew Fallshaw DIRECTORFounder, TrikeApps
Kevin Fischer DIRECTORChief Executive Officer, GetCBD
Michael Vassar DIRECTORChief Science Officer, Metamed
Eliezer Yudkowsky DIRECTORSenior Research Fellow, Machine Intelligence Research Institute