What does MIRI think about technical alignment?

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MIRI thinks technical alignment is really hard, and that we are very far from a solution. However, they think that policy solutions have even less hope. Generally, I think of their approach as supporting a bunch of independent researchers following their own directions, hoping that one of them will find some promise. They mostly buy into the security mindset: we need to know exactly (probably mathematically formally) what we are doing, or the massive optimization pressure will default in ruin.

How does MIRI communicate their view on alignment?

Recently they've been trying to communicate their worldview, in particular, how incredibly doomy they are, perhaps in order to move other research efforts towards what they see as the hard problems.

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Asked by: RoseMcClelland
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Date: 2022/09/13


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