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AI FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the Future of Artificial Intelligence Q: Who conceived of and wrote FLI’s open letter? A: The open letter has been an initiative of the Future of Life Institute (especially the FLI founders and Berkeley AI researcher and FLI Advisory Board Member Stuart Russell) in collaboration with the AI research community (including […]

AI safety conference in Puerto Rico

The Future of AI: Opportunities and Challenges  This conference brought together the world’s leading AI builders from academia and industry to engage with each other and experts in economics, law and ethics. The goal was to identify promising research directions that can help maximize the future benefits of AI while avoiding pitfalls (see this open letter and […]

The Power to Remake a Species

  Once started, a carefully implemented gene drive could eradicate the entire malaria-causing Anopheles species of mosquito. In 2013, some 200 million humans suffered from malaria, and an estimated 584,000 of them died, 90 percent in Africa. The vast majority of those killed were children under age 5. Decades of research have fallen short of […]

GCRI: Aftermath

Aftermath Finding practical paths to recovery after a worldwide catastrophe. by Steven Ashley March 13, 2015 Tony Barrett Global Catastrophic Risk Institute OK, we survived the cataclysm. Now what? In recent years, warnings by top scientists and industrialists have energized research into the sort of civilization-threatening calamities that are typically the stuff of sci-fi and […]

MIRI: Artificial Intelligence: The Danger of Good Intentions

Nate Soares (left) and Nisan Stiennon (right) The Machine Intelligence Research Institute Credit: Vivian Johnson The Terminator had Skynet, an intelligent computer system that turned against humanity, while the astronauts in 2001: A Space Odyssey were tormented by their spaceship’s sentient computer HAL 9000, which had gone rogue. The idea that artificial systems could gain consciousness and try […]

Global catastrophic risk news summary

Here are the July and August global catastrophic risk news summaries, written by Robert de Neufville of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute. The July summary covers the Iran deal, Russia’s new missile early warning system, dangers of AI, new Ebola cases, and more. The August summary covers the latest confrontation between North and South Korea, the world’s first low-enriched uranium storage bank, the […]

MIRI News: September 2015

[ Rob Bensinger is the Outreach Coordinator of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI), a research nonprofit studying the technical questions raised by the prospect of smarter-than-human autonomous AI. MIRI’s researchers are among the recipients of the 2015 Future of Life Institute project grants in AI. ] MIRI’s September Newsletter collects recent news and links related to the long-term impact […]

Happy Petrov Day!

32 years ago today, Soviet army officer Stanislav Petrov refused to follow protocol and averted a nuclear war. From 9/26 is Petrov Day: “On September 26th, 1983, Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov was the officer on duty when the warning system reported a US missile launch. Petrov kept calm, suspecting a computer error. Then the system […]

Future of Life Institute Summer 2015 Newsletter

TOP DEVELOPMENTS * $7M in AI research grants announced: We were delighted to announce the selection of 37 AI safety research teams which we plan to award a total of $7 million in funding. The grant program is funded by Elon Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project. Max Tegmark, along with FLI grant recipients Manela Veloso and Thomas Dietterich, were interviewed on […]

Future of Life Institute Summer 2015 Newsletter

TOP DEVELOPMENTS * $7M in AI research grants announced: We were delighted to announce the selection of 37 AI safety research teams which we plan to award a total of $7 million in funding. The grant program is funded by Elon Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project. Max Tegmark, along with FLI grant recipients Manela Veloso and Thomas Dietterich, were interviewed on […]