1. In the latest issue of Joint Force Quarterly, Randy Eshelman and Douglas Derrick call for the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct research on how “to temper goal-driven, autonomous agents with ethics.” They discuss AGI and superintelligence explicitly, citing Nick Bostrom, Eliezer Yudkowsky, and others. Eshelman is Deputy of the International Affairs and Policy
About Jacob Trefethen
Jacob is a Henry Fellow at Harvard University, affiliated with the Department of Economics. Before that, he studied Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 2014. There, he founded 80,000 Hours: Cambridge, an organization that researches high impact ethical careers and coaches altruistically-minded people on what careers they should choose. Jacob’s research interests lie in the intersection of ethics and economics.
Some links from the last few weeks—and some from the last few days—on what’s been happening in the world of existential risk: 1. The Open Philanthropy Project, a growing philanthropic force in the field of Global Catastrophic Risks, posts a summary of their work on GCRs over the last year, and their plans for the
1. Robert de Neufville of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute summarizes news from January in the world of Global Catastrophic Risks. 2. The Union of Concerned Scientists posts their nuclear threat-themed Cartoon of the Month. 3. The World Economic Forum releases their comprehensive report for 2015 of Global Risks. 4. Physics Today reports that ‘The