Q&A #2 with Singularity Institute Executive Director

Just over a month ago I posted a call for ques­tions about the Sin­gu­lar­ity In­sti­tute. The re­ac­tion to my video re­sponse was pos­i­tive enough that I’d like to do an­other one — though I can’t promise video this time. I think that the Sin­gu­lar­ity In­sti­tute has a lot of trans­parency “catch­ing up” to do.

The Rules (same as be­fore)

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 the 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 and in Eliezer’s Sin­gu­lar­ity Sum­mit 2011 talk.

4) Please pro­vides links to things refer­enced by your ques­tion.

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

I might re­spond to cer­tain ques­tions within the com­ments thread; for ex­am­ple, when there is a one-word an­swer to the ques­tion.

You may re­peat ques­tions that I did not an­swer in the first round, and you may ask fol­low-up ques­tions to the an­swers I gave in round one.