There are very few folk who are working on the topic as such, or have written something substantial about it, and a large fraction of those have already spoken. Maybe you could name 10 candidates to give a sense of who you're thinking of? Speakers are already being sought for next year's Summit and good suggestions are welcome.

Some folk are hard to get in any given year because of their packed schedules or other barriers, even though we would want them as speakers (e.g. Bill Joy, various academics) although this becomes easier with time as people like Peter Norvig, Rodney Brooks, Jaan Taallinn, Justin Rattner, etc speak. Others have some interesting things to say, but are just too low-profile relative to the expected value of their talks (such that if SI accepted all such people the Summit's reputation and attendance would be unsustainable). Or, they may just be "in the closet" so that we have no way to locate them as folk with new non-public insights on core issues.

I was thinking for example Scott Aaronson if you could get him to give a talk. I'd be interested in for example what he would have to say about theoretical computer science being relevant for AI undergoing fast recursive self-improvement. He's also wrote more generally about philosophical issues connecting to computational complexity some of which might be more directly relevant to Friendly AI.

Q&A with new Executive Director of Singularity Institute

by lukeprog 1 min read7th Nov 2011182 comments

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Today I was appointed the new Executive Director of Singularity Institute.

Because I care about transparency, one of my first projects as an intern was to begin work on the organization's first Strategic Plan. I researched how to write a strategic plan, tracked down the strategic plans of similar organizations, and met with each staff member, progressively iterating the document until it was something everyone could get behind.

I quickly learned why there isn't more of this kind of thing: transparency is a lot of work! 100+ hours of work later, plus dozens of hours from others, and the strategic plan was finally finished and ratified by the board. It doesn't accomplish much by itself, but it's one important stepping stone in building an organization that is more productive, more trusted, and more likely to help solve the world's biggest problems.

I spent two months as a researcher, and was then appointed Executive Director.

In further pursuit of transparency, I'd like to answer (on video) submitted questions from the Less Wrong community just as Eliezer did two years ago.

 

The Rules

1) One question per comment (to allow voting to carry more information about people's preferences).

2) Try to be as clear and concise as possible. If your question can't be condensed into one paragraph, you should probably ask in a separate post. Make sure you have an actual question somewhere in there (you can bold it to make it easier to scan).

3) I will generally answer the top-voted questions, but will skip some of them. I will tend to select questions about Singularity Institute as an organization, not about the technical details of some bit of research. You can read some of the details of the Friendly AI research program in my interview with Michael Anissimov.

4) If you reference certain things that are online in your question, provide a link.

5) This thread will be open to questions and votes for 7 days, at which time I will decide which questions to begin recording video responses for.

 

I might respond to certain questions within the comments thread and not on video; for example, when there is a one-word answer.

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