Nate Soares is MIRI’s executive director. He first joined MIRI in 2014 as a Research Fellow, 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.
Benya 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. Since joining the research team in 2014, Benya has spent time developing models of logical uncertainty (uncertainty about which mathematical statements are true), self-reference in higher-order theorem-proving systems, and the specification of safe AI goals. Benya holds a Bachelors in Mathematics from the University of Vienna.
Patrick LaVictoire (email) has a background in pure mathematics (BA 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). Patrick joined MIRI in March 2015. His research interests include the mathematics of idealized decision theory, logical counterfactuals, principled self-modification, goal stability, and corrigibility.
Jessica Taylor (email) is interested in questions related to probabilistic modeling: how to design software agents whose world-models integrate both higher and lower levels of analysis, agents that can reason with logical uncertainty, and ones that can acquire human concepts. She has an MSc in computer science from Stanford, where she studied machine learning and probabilistic programming. Jessica joined MIRI’s team in August 2015.
Andrew Critch (email) earned his PhD in mathematics at UC Berkeley studying applications of algebraic geometry to machine learning models. During that time, he cofounded the Center for Applied Rationality and SPARC. He has been offered university faculty positions in mathematics, mathematical biosciences, and philosophy. Andrew left a position as an algorithmic stock trader at Jane Street Capital to join MIRI in September 2015, and is currently interested in AI timeline forecasting and logical counterfactuals.
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. Malo joined MIRI in 2012.
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. Alex joined MIRI in 2012.
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. Rob joined MIRI in November 2013.
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. Katja joined MIRI in February 2014.
Andrew Lapinski-Barker (email) manages MIRI’s office space and work environment. He focuses on developing, maintaining, and improving many of the “behind-the-scenes” systems that make the organization run like a well-oiled machine. Andrew joined MIRI in September 2015.
MIRI’s 2015 Research Advisors are non-staff researchers who
review and contribute to our work.
Stuart RussellProfessor, UC Berkeley
Author, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach
Moshe LooksPhD, Washington University
Scientist, Google Research
Gary DrescherPhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Author, Made-Up Minds
Roman YampolskiyProfessor, University of Louisville
Author, Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach
Nick BostromProfessor, University of Oxford
Director, Future of Humanity Institute
Bart SelmanProfessor, Cornell University
Steve OmohundroPhD, UC Berkeley
Author, Rational Artificial Intelligence for the Greater Good
MIRI’s 2015 General Advisors correspond with us about our
organizational strategy and operations.
Peter ThielCo-founder, PayPal
Max TegmarkProfessor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Founder, Future of Life Institute
Christine PetersonCo-founder, Foresight Institute
Liron ShapiraCo-founder & CTO, Quixey
Jaan TallinnCo-founder, Skype
Jed McCalebCo-founder, Stellar Development Foundation
Robin HansonProfessor, George Mason University | Author, Economic Growth Given Machine Intelligence
Luke MuehlhauserResearch Analyst, GiveWell
MIRI Research Associates, while primarily supported by other institutions, are active, paid,
non-staff researchers that work on projects related to MIRI’s technical agenda.
Notable Contributors have worked extensively with MIRI in the past,
or are in other ways contributing to our current research.
| Senior Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center
Edwin Evans CHAIRVP Engineering, Linc Global
Matthew Fallshaw DIRECTORFounder, TrikeApps
Nate Soares DIRECTORExecutive Director, Machine Intelligence Research Institute
Anna Salamon DIRECTORExecutive Director, Center for Applied Rationality
Eliezer Yudkowsky DIRECTORSenior Research Fellow, Machine Intelligence Research Institute