Slides online from "The Future of AI: Opportunities and Challenges"

post by Paul Crowley (ciphergoth) · 2015-01-16T11:17:23.647Z · LW · GW · Legacy · 10 comments

In the first weekend of this year, the Future of Life institute hosted a landmark conference in Puerto Rico: "The Future of AI: Opportunities and Challenges". The conference was unusual in that it was not made public until it was over, and the discussions were under Chatham House rules. The slides from the conference are now available. The list of attenders includes a great many famous names as well as lots of names familiar to those of us on Less Wrong: Elon Musk, Sam Harris, Margaret Boden, Thomas Dietterich, all three DeepMind founders, and many more.

This is shaping up to be another extraordinary year for AI risk concerns going mainstream!


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comment by Ben Pace (Benito) · 2015-01-17T00:02:06.379Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Damn this looks AWESOME! Go everyone who worked to make this happen! Can't wait to hear about what came of this.

comment by Raemon · 2015-01-17T08:17:38.502Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I noticed I was confused when Sam Harris' name was mentioned. Then I looked on the linked page of names and he... wasn't there. Which is... less confusing, overall. But still slightly confusing.

comment by Paul Crowley (ciphergoth) · 2015-01-17T08:31:41.713Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Search for "Sam Harris" on the linked page—he's in the group photo at the front.

comment by Raemon · 2015-01-17T18:24:01.341Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Huh. Do we know why is not in the list of attendees?

comment by Vika · 2015-01-21T05:05:35.497Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

He attended as a guest, so he is not on the official list.

comment by djm · 2015-01-16T14:03:59.161Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for posting - looks like it was an impressive turnout. I would love to see some comments on any highlights / thoughts / conclusions that came about from that.

comment by Paul Crowley (ciphergoth) · 2015-01-16T15:23:42.190Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Yes, I hope that some of the participants blog about this workshop, while of course respecting the privacy rules about it.

comment by Baughn · 2015-01-16T12:33:33.716Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

What I'd like to see are videos. Does anyone know if the presentations were recorded?

comment by Vika · 2015-01-16T18:07:26.083Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

The presentations were not recorded, due to the Chatham House rules.

comment by RedErin · 2015-01-16T18:33:27.629Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Blaise is in the running for most attractive nerd.

I guess they wanted to be able to speak freely without public reprisal. Sam Harris gets into trouble with that often. I'm sure he said something to the effect of

"If Islamic terrorists get their hands on AI, they'll do all they can to use it as a weapon to kill all the infidels."

Too bad, I would have loved to be there.