Exploring the Frontiers of AI with David Quarel: Emerging Capabilities, Interpretability, and Future Impacts
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Exploring the Frontiers of AI with David Quarel: Emerging Capabilities, Interpretability, and Future Impacts

David Quarel, a Ph.D. student at the Australian National University, is deeply involved in the field of AI, specifically focusing on AI safety and reinforcement learning. He works under the guidance of Marcus Hutter and is currently engaged in studying Hutter’s Universal AI model. This model is an ambitious attempt to define intelligence through the…

Effective Policy Advocacy – Interview with Greg Sadler
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Effective Policy Advocacy – Interview with Greg Sadler

Greg Sadler, the CEO of Good Ancestors Policy, is working to help members of communities in Australia advocate for the positions that they think are important and the policies that they value the most. Greg has over 10 years’ experience in the Australian Public Service, including at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,…

The AI Safety Dynamic – Dr Simon Goldstein
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The AI Safety Dynamic – Dr Simon Goldstein

Dr Simon Goldstein is an associate professor at the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy at ACU. In 2023, he is a research fellow at the Center for AI Safety. Simon’s research focuses on AI safety, epistemology, and philosophy of language. Before ACU, Simon was an assistant professor at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. Simon received my…

AI & the Faustian Bargain with Technological Change – A. C. Grayling
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AI & the Faustian Bargain with Technological Change – A. C. Grayling

With AI we have made a ‘Faustian bargain’ – are the risks reason enough to halt technological progress? Professor A. C. Grayling discusses the implications of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and robotics on society, and shares his views on how they will reshape the future. The thing that’s going to change everything is machine learning,…

Stuart Russell – AI Ethics – Provably Beneficial Artificial Intelligence
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Stuart Russell – AI Ethics – Provably Beneficial Artificial Intelligence

Delighted to have Stuart Russell on video discussing the importance of AI Alignment – achieving friendly Strong AI that is provably beneficial. Points of discussion:A clash of intuitions about the beneficiality of Strong Artificial Intelligence The Value Alignment problem Basic AI Drives: Any objective generates sub-goals Aggregated Volition: How does an AI optimise for many…

The Anatomy of Happiness – David Pearce
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The Anatomy of Happiness – David Pearce

David Pearce in interview on the The Anatomy of Happiness. While researching epilepsy, neuroscientist Itzhak Fried stumbled on a ‘mirth’ center in the brain – given this, what ought we be doing to combat extreme suffering and promote wellbeing? 0:00 Mastery of reward circuitry 0:25 Itzhak Fried’s experiments on stimulating ‘the Humor Centre’ of the…

Stuart Armstrong on AI Interpretability, Accidental Misalignment & Risks of Opaque AI
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Stuart Armstrong on AI Interpretability, Accidental Misalignment & Risks of Opaque AI

Interview with Stuart Armstrong (Aligned AI) Video / Audio of interview will be up soon To watch interview live, join the zoom call: Time: Nov 9, 2022 07:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, SydneyJoin Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/81320547208?pwd=MGFnZ2RGcFl5cW9aZ1BaUm5qcnh1UT09Meeting ID: 813 2054 7208Passcode: scifuture Auditing and interpreting AI (and their models) seems obviously important to achieve verifiably safe AI (by…

Foresight Superpowers – an interview with John Smart
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Foresight Superpowers – an interview with John Smart

Anticipating, Creating, & Leading the Accelerating Future John Smart gave an outline of topics in his new book ‘Introduction to Foresight: Personal, Team, and Organizational Adaptiveness‘. John will also speak at the up and coming conference ‘Stepping into the Future‘ – this talk will be ‘The Goodness of the Universe: Outer Space, Inner Space, and…

Automation and the Future of Work with James Hughes (Executive Director, IEET)
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Automation and the Future of Work with James Hughes (Executive Director, IEET)

The pandemic has launched a debate about the future of work around the world. Those who can work remotely have often found they prefer remote or flexible, hybrid options. The Great Resignation has put upward pressure on wages and benefits in the service sector, encouraging the implementation of automation. Climate change mitigation is encouraging a…

Robin Hanson – UFOs what the hell?
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Robin Hanson – UFOs what the hell?

Robin Hanson gives a talk (starting at 5:31) and addresses questions afterwards on building a plausible story (although perhaps unlikely) of UFA/UFO aliens. Yes, the universe looks completely dead; we see no signs of life outside Earth, even though over millions of years advanced aliens could have made some big visible changes. Some possible explanations:…