Machine Intelligence Research Institute

Machine Intelligence Research Institute

The Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) is a nonprofit research organisation dedicated to ensuring the safety of advanced artificial intelligence.

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What is MIRI's mission?

MIRI's mission is to "ensure that the creation of smarter-than-human artificial intelligence has a positive impact."

What does MIRI do?

  • MIRI has developed a technical research agenda: Agent Foundations for Aligning Machine Intelligence with Human Interests.
  • MIRI funds research that they think may be useful for making general-purpose artificial intelligence safe, reliable, well-understood.
  • MIRI focuses on approaches to artificial intelligence that will remain transparent to humans (so that humans can understand why systems behave the way they do). They aim to develop an understanding of intelligent systems that behave as intended in novel settings.
  • MIRI investigates important strategic questions and makes predictions related to the development of intelligent systems.

Fast facts

  • MIRI receives support from foundations, investors, and individual donors.
  • MIRI researchers study the mathematical underpinnings of intelligent behaviour. They aim to further the development of artificial intelligence systems, ensuring the systems’ safety and reliability.
  • MIRI researchers don’t predict a specific timeline for the development of smarter-than-human artificially intelligent systems, but researchers generally agree that artificial intelligence will outperform humans in this century.
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