Machine Intelligence Research Institute

MIRI’s artificial intelligence research is focused on developing the mathematical theory of trustworthy reasoning for advanced autonomous AI systems.

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Berkeley, CA – EIN 582565917 intelligence.org

The Machine Intelligence Research Institute, formerly the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, is a non-profit research institute focused since 2005 on identifying and managing potential existential risks from artificial general intelligence.

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Machine Intelligence Research Institute

Machine Intelligence Research Institute
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Formation2000; 20 years ago (2000)
TypeNonprofit research institute
PurposeResearch into friendly artificial intelligence and the AI control problem
Location
Key people
Eliezer Yudkowsky
Websiteintelligence.org

The Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI), formerly the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI), is a non-profit research institute focused since 2005 on identifying and managing potential existential risks from artificial general intelligence. MIRI's work has focused on a friendly AI approach to system design and on predicting the rate of technology development.

History

In 2000, Eliezer Yudkowsky founded the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence with funding from Brian and Sabine Atkins, with the purpose of accelerating the development of artificial intelligence (AI).[1][2][3] However, Yudkowsky began to be concerned that AI systems developed in the future could become superintelligent and pose risks to humanity,[1] and in 2005 the institute moved to Silicon Valley and began to focus on ways to identify and manage those risks, which were at the time largely ignored by scientists in the field.[2]

Starting in 2006, the Institute organized the Singularity Summit to discuss the future of AI including its risks, initially in cooperation with Stanford University and with funding from Peter Thiel. The San Francisco Chronicle described the first conference as a "Bay Area coming-out party for the tech-inspired philosophy called transhumanism".[4][5] In 2011, its offices were four apartments in downtown Berkeley.[6] In December 2012, the institute sold its name, web domain, and the Singularity Summit to Singularity University,[7] and in the following month took the name "Machine Intelligence Research Institute".[8]

In 2014 and 2015, public and scientific interest in the risks of AI grew, increasing donations to fund research at MIRI and similar organizations.[3][9]:327

In 2019, Open Philanthropy recommended a general-support grant of approximately $2.1 million over two years to MIRI.[10] In April 2020, Open Philanthropy supplemented this with a $7.7M grant over two years.[11][12]

Research and approach

Nate Soares presenting an overview of the AI alignment problem at Google.

MIRI's approach to identifying and managing the risks of AI, led by Yudkowsky, primarily addresses how to design friendly AI, covering both the initial design of AI systems and the creation of mechanisms to ensure that evolving AI systems remain friendly.[3][13][14]

MIRI researchers advocate early safety work as a precautionary measure.[15] However, MIRI researchers have expressed skepticism about the views of singularity advocates like Ray Kurzweil that superintelligence is "just around the corner".[13] MIRI has funded forecasting work through an initiative called AI Impacts, which studies historical instances of discontinuous technological change, and has developed new measures of the relative computational power of humans and computer hardware.[16]

MIRI aligns itself with the principles and objectives of the effective altruism movement.[17]

Works by MIRI staff

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "MIRI: Artificial Intelligence: The Danger of Good Intentions - Future of Life Institute". Future of Life Institute. 11 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b Khatchadourian, Raffi. "The Doomsday Invention". The New Yorker.
  3. ^ a b c Waters, Richard (31 October 2014). "Artificial intelligence: machine v man". Financial Times. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  4. ^ Abate, Tom (2006). "Smarter than thou?". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  5. ^ Abate, Tom (2007). "Public meeting will re-examine future of artificial intelligence". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  6. ^ Kaste, Martin (January 11, 2011). "The Singularity: Humanity's Last Invention?". All Things Considered, NPR.
  7. ^ "Press release: Singularity University Acquires the Singularity Summitt". Singularity University. 9 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Press release: We are now the "Machine Intelligence Research Institute" (MIRI) - Machine Intelligence Research Institute". Machine Intelligence Research Institute. 30 January 2013.
  9. ^ Tegmark, Max (2017). Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. United States: Knopf. ISBN 978-1-101-94659-6.
  10. ^ "Machine Intelligence Research Institute — General Support (2019)". Open Philanthropy Project. 2019-03-29. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  11. ^ "Machine Intelligence Research Institute — General Support (2020)". Open Philanthropy Project. Archived from the original on April 13, 2020.
  12. ^ Bensinger, Rob (April 27, 2020). "MIRI's largest grant to date!". MIRI.
  13. ^ a b LaFrance, Adrienne (2015). "Building Robots With Better Morals Than Humans". The Atlantic. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  14. ^ Russell, Stuart; Norvig, Peter (2009). Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach. Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-13-604259-4.
  15. ^ Sathian, Sanjena (4 January 2016). "The Most Important Philosophers of Our Time Reside in Silicon Valley". OZY. OZY. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  16. ^ Hsu, Jeremy (2015). "Making Sure AI's Rapid Rise Is No Surprise". Discover. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  17. ^ "AI and Effective Altruism". Machine Intelligence Research Institute. 2015-08-28. Retrieved 2019-10-08.

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MACHINE INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH INSTITUTE INC

BERKELEY, CA 94704-1674 | Tax-exempt since April 2001
  • EIN: 58-2565917
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Computer Science (Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
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Net inventory sales $0
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Net inventory sales $0
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Royalties $0
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Net inventory sales $0
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Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
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Net inventory sales $0
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Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
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Professional fundraising fees $0
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Royalties $0
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Net fundraising $0
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Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
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Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
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Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
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Professional fundraising fees $0
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Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
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Professional fundraising fees $0
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