Thursday, January 18, 2018

Launch of “Solving the AI Race” round of the General AI Challenge


SUMMARY:
  • GoodAI has launched "Solving the AI Race" round of the General AI Challenge 
  • $15,000 of prizes for solutions 
  • Round will run until May 2018 


Today we have launched the "Solving the AI Race" round of the General AI Challenge, where participants have the chance to win $15,000 in prizes by sending us suggestions on how to mitigate the risks of a race to transformative AI.

The round is the first non-technical round of the General AI Challenge, and asks participants to submit suggestions of how we can avoid the potential pitfalls of a race to AI where:
  • Key stakeholders, including the developers, may ignore or underestimate safety procedures, or agreements, in favor of faster utilization
  • The fruits of the technology won’t be shared by the majority of people to benefit humanity, but only by a selected few

It is a very important step towards our goal of creating safe, beneficial general artificial intelligence.
We are encouraging participants from all disciplines to take part in order to open up the discussion to a broader audience, as a truly transformative AI is likely to affect all areas of society.

We have been busy building an extremely strong external advisory board who have helped us create the new round and some will help us judge the submissions. It includes representatives from Facebook, Microsoft, Future of Humanity Institute, Tencent, and other industry and academic leaders (see full list below).

For this round to have the biggest impact we need to spread the word as widely as possible. So if you know anyone who might be interested in taking part please share the news with them!


Thank you for reading this,

Marek Rosa
CEO, Founder Keen Software House
CEO, CTO, Founder GoodAI

For more news:

Space Engineers: www.SpaceEngineersGame.com
Medieval Engineers: www.MedievalEngineers.com
General AI Challenge: www.General-AI-Challenge.org
AI Roadmap Institute: www.RoadmapInstitute.org
GoodAI: www.GoodAI.com
Keen Software House: www.keenswh.com

Personal bio:

Marek Rosa is the CEO and CTO of GoodAI, a general artificial intelligence R&D company, and the CEO and founder of Keen Software House, an independent game development studio best known for their best-seller Space Engineers (2.4mil+ copies sold). Both companies are based in Prague, Czech Republic. 

Marek has been interested in artificial intelligence since childhood. He started his career as a programmer but later transitioned to a leadership role. After the success of the Keen Software House titles, Marek was able to personally fund GoodAI, his new general AI research company building human-level artificial intelligence, with $10mil. 

GoodAI started in January 2014 and has grown to an international team of 20 researchers. 

At this time, Marek is developing both Space Engineers and Medieval Engineers as well as daily research and development on recursive self-improvement based general AI architecture.

Challenge advisory board:

Miles Brundage - Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute
Frank Dignum - Associate Professor, Utrecht University
Virginia Dignum - Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology
Ayako Fukui - Strategic Initiatives Consultant, Araya
Ling Ge - Chief European Representative, Tencent
José Hernández-Orallo - Professor, Universitat Politècnica de València
Ryota Kanai - Founder and CEO, Araya
Pavel Kordik - Researcher, Czech Technical University
Tak Lo - Partner, Zeroth.ai
Alison Lowndes - Artificial Intelligence Developer Relations, NVIDIA
Tomas Mikolov - Research Scientist, Facebook AI Research
Jan Pospisil - Senior Technology (Technical) Evangelist, Microsoft
Jan Romportl - Chief Data Scientist, O2
Jan Sekerka - Partner Business Evangelism Lead, Microsoft
Julian Togelius - Professor, New York University
Roman Yampolskiy - Professor, University of Louisville
Ivan Zelinka - Professor, Technical University Ostrava

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Congratulations to Ben Goertzel on the success of SingularityNET

I would like to congratulate Ben Goertzel on raising $36 million in 60 seconds for his SingularityNET project (here and here).

They recently ran a public ICO which saw all available tokens sell out in a minute. It may be publicized as an “overnight success” but knowing Ben, and following his work, I know that this success is the culmination of many years of hard work and persistence.

Ben has a vision, like myself, of creating AGI (general AI) and he has followed this vision for over 20 years. SingularityNET is a stepping stone towards making it a reality, by bringing together AI and blockchain to create a decentralized marketplace for AI.

Regardless of what you think of the project, it is a great example of one of the key ingredients to success: persistence. Ben has shown remarkable tenacity leading this project and has shown how one person’s vision can become a reality through hard work and grit.

I am wishing Ben and his team the best for the future and look forward to working with him in August 2018 at the Human Level Artificial Conference (HLAI) in Prague, which is being organized by GoodAI.

Thank you for reading this,

Marek Rosa
CEO, Founder Keen Software House
CEO, CTO, Founder GoodAI

For more news:

Space Engineers: www.SpaceEngineersGame.com
Medieval Engineers: www.MedievalEngineers.com
General AI Challenge: www.General-AI-Challenge.org
AI Roadmap Institute: www.RoadmapInstitute.org
GoodAI: www.GoodAI.com
Keen Software House: www.keenswh.com

Personal bio:

Marek Rosa is the CEO and CTO of GoodAI, a general artificial intelligence R&D company, and the CEO and founder of Keen Software House, an independent game development studio best known for their best-seller Space Engineers (2.4mil+ copies sold). Both companies are based in Prague, Czech Republic. 

Marek has been interested in artificial intelligence since childhood. Marek started his career as a programmer but later transitioned to a leadership role. After the success of the Keen Software House titles, Marek was able to personally fund GoodAI, his new general AI research company building human-level artificial intelligence, with $10mil. 

GoodAI started in January 2014 and has grown to an international team of 20 researchers. 

At this time, Marek is developing both Space Engineers and Medieval Engineers as well as daily research and development on recursive self-improvement based general AI architecture.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Report from the AI Race Avoidance Workshop, Tokyo


SUMMARY:
  • GoodAI recently organized a workshop in Tokyo on AI Race Avoidance with some of our partners
  • At the workshop we focused on mitigating the main pitfalls of an AI race
  • I have coauthored a new blog post summarizing the outcomes of the workshop
  • The AI Race Avoidance round of the General AI Challenge will launch on 18 January 2018



GoodAI and the AI Roadmap Institute have published a report from the AI Race Avoidance Workshop. In the post we have captured some of the main outcomes of the workshop, which was organized by GoodAI with the help of Araya, and took place in October after the AI and Society Symposium in Tokyo.

During the workshop we intended to:
  • Address the potential pitfalls of a race for transformative AI, where:
    • Key stakeholders, including the developers, may ignore or underestimate safety procedures, or agreements, in favor of faster utilization
    • The fruits of the technology might not be shared by the majority of people to benefit humanity, but only by a selected few
  • Plan for the next round of GoodAI’s General AI Challenge, which will launch on 18 January 2018 and focus on mitigating the risks associated with AI race  


The blog post addresses seven key questions which we discussed


  • How can we better understand the AI race?
  • Is the AI race really a negative thing?
  • Who are the actors involved?
  • What are the incentives to cooperate on AI?
  • How will the race unfold?
  • Why search for an AI race solution publicly?
  • What future do we want?
However, the workshop also opened up many more questions which you can find in the blog appendix.


Next steps


  • We are preparing the AI Race Avoidance round of the General AI Challenge to be launched on 18 January 2018
  • We will continue organizing workshops on AI race mitigation with participation of various international stakeholders
  • We will promote cooperation amongst stakeholders across the globe to ensure safe development of AI  

Thank you for reading this,

Marek Rosa
CEO, Founder Keen Software House
CEO, CTO, Founder GoodAI

For more news:

Space Engineers: www.SpaceEngineersGame.com
Medieval Engineers: www.MedievalEngineers.com
General AI Challenge: www.General-AI-Challenge.org
AI Roadmap Institute: www.RoadmapInstitute.org
GoodAI: www.GoodAI.com
Keen Software House: www.keenswh.com

Personal bio:

Marek Rosa is the CEO and CTO of GoodAI, a general artificial intelligence R&D company, and the CEO and founder of Keen Software House, an independent game development studio best known for their best-seller Space Engineers (2.4mil+ copies sold). Both companies are based in Prague, Czech Republic. 

Marek has been interested in artificial intelligence since childhood. Marek started his career as a programmer but later transitioned to a leadership role. After the success of the Keen Software House titles, Marek was able to personally fund GoodAI, his new general AI research company building human-level artificial intelligence, with $10mil. 

GoodAI started in January 2014 and has grown to an international team of 20 researchers. 

At this time, Marek is developing both Space Engineers and Medieval Engineers as well as daily research and development on recursive self-improvement based general AI architecture.