Working for the Singularity Institute

So an update on my life: I’m back from vacation, but now that I’m back I’m starting a sideline helping out the Singularity Institute as a remote researcher (see my previous post on why you should consider donating to them). The work they’re having me do is really cool: basically, help research a paper tracking AI progress in many different areas over time.

The downside of this is that I’m going to be craaazy busy for the next 3-6 months (since I’m currently keeping the full-time job I have right now). That’s going to cut in to my time for writing about atheism. Also, I really want to finish The Book, so what time I do spend writing about atheism will tend to go towards that. So, the amount of time I spend blogging is likely to be down for awhile… unless being so crazy busy forces me to become much more efficiently, and I become much more productive at everything. Which I hear happens sometimes.

So stay tuned.

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  • M Groesbeck

    I’m not big on groups that can’t tell the difference between “progression towards an asymptote in an observable quantity”, “data which can be massaged into a model with an asymptote, especially when weighting significance in favor of recent events”, and “exponential growth doesn’t have a freaking asymptote“. Let alone the whole “growth models presuming a steady state in terms of production of an effect really don’t work when the actual factors producing an effect are growing”.

    • Chris Hallquist

      Oh yeah – here’s an example of the kind of data I’m finding, it’s really hard to tell what’s going on with it:

      The benefit of the project I’m working on is to get all that stuff summarized in one place, so we have some kind of starting point for discussions.

  • Hunt

    Careful, PZ Myers has a hard enough time wrapping his head around systems biology. This declaration may well give him an aneurysm.

  • jhendrix

    I will miss seeing you post often, but I’m betting that getting work like this is a pretty big deal for you. So congrats!

  • Bryan Rosander

    Are you including tracking Hierachical Temporal Memory with the AI progress? Or more general stuff?

    • Chris Hallquist

      We’re focusing on performance on specific tasks: from Scrabble and chess to facial and speech recognition to stock picking.

      • Bryan Rosander

        That makes sense. Is Go in there?

        • Chris Hallquist


  • Michael Anissimov

    Thanks for working with us!

    • Chris Hallquist

      You’re welcome!