Tracking progress in AI is really hard

A lot of the work I’ve done for MIRI has involved trying to track progress in artificial intelligence. Not so-called “general intelligence,” but specific things ranging from playing games like chess and Scrabble to recognizing faces and objects to understanding and translating human language. And it turns out that figuring out how much progress there’s [Read More…]

A shift of emphasis

For awhile now, I’ve been thinking that I’d like to spend less time criticizing religion, and more time working on issues related to AI and existential risk. I don’t currently have any plans of going as far as Luke Muehlhauser of Common Sense Atheism did, and abandon writing about religion entirely, but you may notice [Read More…]

SMBC on intelligence explosion

The webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal has a new comic up on the idea of intelligence explosion. Go read it. [Read more…]

Cambridge’s new existential risk project, and other killer robot news

This past week seems to have been a really good week for the popular media noticing the very important coming threat of killer robots. This is in large part due to a bunch of media outlets noticing Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk–the notice on its website is dated April 2012, but a [Read More…]

Sunday link roundup and open thread

It occurred to me that my Bible tweets aren’t the only tweets I can recycle into blog posts. I also tweet a fair number of links because Twitter is great for links that don’t really deserve their own posts… and often a great way of finding such links in the first place. Here’s this week’s [Read More…]