The Singularity Institute is now the Machine Intelligence Research Institute

Yay! So now people will (hopefully) no longer mistake the Singularity Institute for a subsidiary of Ray Kurzweil. Notably, Kurzweil bought the Singularity Summit from the organization formerly known as the Singularity Institute, and probably there will be some continued working together on that front at least. [Read more...]

On completely misunderstanding the threat of superhuman AI


I have this bad habit where I’ll see an article that looks interesting and think, “ooh, I’d better save that and read it when I have time to really think about it and write some thoughtful comments on it.” Then a week to two months later, I finally read it and realize it’s crap and [Read More...]

Happy New Year!


I just want to say… wow. [Read more...]

Yes, smart and well-informed people often use words in confused ways

One comment on my recent post on deontology was to express incredulity that a term so many philosophers apply to themselves could lack a coherent definition. I, on the other hand, think that’s the most plausible thing in the world, and I’ve stumbled across a good example of it while doing my research for the [Read More...]

Why you should consider donating to the Singularity Institute (I did!)

I’ve been on the fence for awhile about whether the Singularity Institute is worth donating to. I alluded to my uncertainty in my post on Kony 2012. I finally made my first donation just now. Two things pushed me over the edge. [Read more...]