Entries by Ariel Conn

How Smart Can AI Get?

Capability Caution Principle: There being no consensus, we should avoid strong assumptions regarding upper limits on future AI capabilities. A major change is coming, over unknown timescales but across every segment of society, and the people playing a part in that transition have a huge responsibility and opportunity to shape it for the best. What […]

MIRI February 2017 Newsletter

Following up on a post outlining some of the reasons MIRI researchers and OpenAI researcher Paul Christiano are pursuing different research directions, Jessica Taylor has written up the key motivations for MIRI’s highly reliable agent design research. Research updates A new paper: “Toward Negotiable Reinforcement Learning: Shifting Priorities in Pareto Optimal Sequential Decision-Making“ New at […]

Can We Ensure Privacy in the Era of Big Data?

Personal Privacy Principle: People should have the right to access, manage and control the data they generate, given AI systems’ power to analyze and utilize that data. A major change is coming, over unknown timescales but across every segment of society, and the people playing a part in that transition have a huge responsibility and […]

Podcast: Top AI Breakthroughs, with Ian Goodfellow and Richard Mallah

2016 saw some significant AI developments. To talk about the AI progress of the last year, we turned to Richard Mallah and Ian Goodfellow. Richard is the director of AI projects at FLI, he’s the Senior Advisor to multiple AI companies, and he created the highest-rated enterprise text analytics platform. Ian is a research scientist […]

Transcript: AI Breakthroughs with Ian Goodfellow and Richard Mallah

[beginning of recorded material] Ariel: I’m Ariel Conn with the Future of Life Institute. If you’ve been following FLI at all, you know that we’re both very concerned but also very excited about the potential impact artificial intelligence will have on our future. Naturally, we’ve been following the big breakthroughs that occur in the field […]

Dan Weld Interview

The following is an interview with Dan Weld about the Beneficial AI 2017 conference and The Asilomar Principles that it produced. Weld is Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow at the University of Washington. Q: From your perspective what were the highlights of the conference? “One of the highlights was having […]

Toby Walsh Interview

The following is an interview with Toby Walsh about the Beneficial AI 2017 conference and The Asilomar Principles that it produced. Walsh is Guest Professor at Technical University of Berlin, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales, and leads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at Data61, Australia’s Centre of Excellence for […]

Stefano Ermon Interview

The following is an interview with Stefano Ermon about the Beneficial AI 2017 conference and The Asilomar Principles that it produced. Ermon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he is affiliated with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Q: From your perspective what were highlights of the conference? “I […]

Kay Firth-Butterfield Interview

The following is an interview with Kay Firth-Butterfield about the Beneficial AI 2017 conference and The Asilomar Principles that it produced. Firth-Butterfield is the Executive Director of AI-Austin.org, and an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin. Q. From your perspective what were the highlights of the conference? “The opportunity to […]

Francesca Rossi Interview

The following is an interview with Francesca Rossi about the Beneficial AI 2017 conference and The Asilomar Principles that it produced. Rossi is a research scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre, and a professor of computer science at the University of Padova, Italy, currently on leave. Q: From your perspective, what were the […]

Roman Yampolskiy Interview

The following is an interview with Roman Yampolskiy about the Beneficial AI 2017 conference and The Asilomar Principles that it produced. Yampolskiy is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Louisville and the Founding Director of the Cyber Security Lab. Q. From your perspective what were the highlights of […]

Guruduth Banavar Interview

The following is an interview with Guruduth Banavar about the Beneficial AI 2017 conference and The Asilomar Principles that it produced. Banavar works for IBM as the VP of IBM Research and the Chief Science Officer of Cognitive Computing. Q. From your perspective what were the highlights of the conference? “Absolutely the best thing was […]

Yoshua Bengio Interview

The following is an interview with Yoshua Bengio about the Beneficial AI 2017 conference and The Asilomar Principles that it produced. Bengio is a Professor of Computer Science and Operations Research at the University of Montreal and Head of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA). Q. From your perspective what were the highlights of […]

Anca Dragan Interview

The following is an interview with Anca Dragan about the Beneficial AI 2017 conference and The Asilomar Principles that it produced. Dragan is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department at UC Berkeley and co-PI for the Center for Human Compatible AI. Q. From your perspective what were the highlights of […]

Why 2016 Was Actually a Year of Hope

Just about everyone found something to dislike about 2016, from wars to politics and celebrity deaths. But hidden within this year’s news feeds were some really exciting news stories. And some of them can even give us hope for the future. Though concerns about the future of AI still loom, 2016 was a great reminder […]

Westworld Op-Ed: Are Conscious AI Dangerous?

“These violent delights have violent ends.” With the help of Shakespeare and Michael Crichton, HBO’s Westworld has brought to light some of the concerns about creating advanced artificial intelligence. If you haven’t seen it already, Westworld is a show in which human-like AI populate a park designed to look like America’s Wild West. Visitors spend […]

Transcript: Autonomous Weapons: an Interview With the Experts

ARIEL I’m Ariel Conn with the Future of Life Institute. Today, I have the privilege of talking with Drs Heather Roff and Peter Asaro, two experts in the field of autonomous weapons. Dr. Roff is a research scientist at The Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University and a senior research fellow at the University […]