From: Tyler Emerson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Feb 19 2006 - 06:45:23 MST
Challenge update: We're $2,699 shy of the $100,000 goal.
Tyler Emerson | Executive Director
Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
P.O. Box 50182 | Palo Alto, CA 94303 U.S.
T-F: 866-667-2524 | email@example.com
www.intelligence.org | www.singularitychallenge.com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tyler Emerson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2006 12:36 PM
> To: 'email@example.com'; 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
> Subject: RE: Reminder: SIAI Challenge expires this Sunday | SIAI February
> I've had some potential donors say they're waiting to donate at the end to
> help cover any remaining amount. If you *can* contribute, please don't
> wait. Please recognize the Prisoner's Dilemma effect here: everyone
> waiting to give at the end on Sunday to match what they expect will be a
> small amount, which causes a large amount to be left, which discourages
> waiters from giving at all, leaving the Institute with a large amount of
> unmatched funds.
> Tyler Emerson | Executive Director
> Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
> P.O. Box 50182 | Palo Alto, CA 94303 U.S.
> T-F: 866-667-2524 | email@example.com
> www.intelligence.org | www.singularitychallenge.com
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Tyler Emerson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> > Sent: Friday, February 17, 2006 4:33 PM
> > To: 'email@example.com'
> > Subject: Reminder: SIAI Challenge expires this Sunday | SIAI February
> > The Singularity Institute's 2006 $100,000 Challenge with Peter Thiel,
> > former CEO of PayPal, will expire this Sunday, February 19. Any donation
> > you
> > make will be matched dollar-for-dollar. So far, SIAI has matched
> > You can donate and track our progress here:
> > http://www.singularitychallenge.com
> > Personal checks postmarked by Sunday will be matched. If you send a
> > donation
> > by check, please let us know so we can keep the donation total accurate.
> > Matching the Challenge is really crucial for our growth. Below is a
> > summary
> > of our present projects, which I hope gives you a sense of our
> > Your tax-deductible Challenge gift will support:
> > * The production and promotion of the Stanford Singularity Summit, a
> > conference to educate up to 1700 people in Silicon Valley about the
> > singularity hypothesis - representing an unprecedented chance to promote
> > and
> > further the nascent fields of singularity and global risk studies. A
> > well-executed conference will increase the interest of gifted students,
> > raise the legitimacy of the research, and expand the range of investors.
> > Summit homepage teaser:
> > http://www.intelligence.org/summit/
> > * Our second full-time Research Fellow. We are looking for someone
> > exceptional to collaborate with Yudkowsky on the challenge of a workable
> > theory for self-improving, motivationally stable Artificial
> > http://www.intelligence.org/employment/researchfellow.html
> > * A remarkable Development Director and Communications Director. I'm now
> > looking for skilled and dedicated collaborators to scale the Institute.
> > http://www.intelligence.org/employment/development.html
> > http://www.intelligence.org/employment/communications.html
> > * Our forthcoming monthly speaker series, the Future of Humanity Forum,
> > Stanford Hewlett Teaching Center (its main lecture hall seats 500). The
> > Forum will be an ongoing series to complement and expand on the
> > Singularity
> > Summit. Date and time for the inaugural event will be announced shortly.
> > * Yudkowsky's Friendly AI theory and design work, conference
> > presentations,
> > and published writing. He completed recently his two chapter drafts for
> > Nick
> > Bostrom and Milan Cirkovic's Global Catastrophic Risks (forthcoming):
> > first on cognitive biases potentially affecting judgment of global
> > the second on the unique global risks of Artificial Intelligence.
> > * The Singularity Institute Partner Network. Later this year, we'll
> > approaching potential inaugural partners to be our cornerstone for
> > building
> > a network of companies, foundations, individuals, and organizations
> > committed to advancing beneficial AI, singularity, and global risk
> > studies.
> > * Medina's academic presentations. In January, Medina was awarded full
> > financial support to attend a workshop on Bayesian inference,
> > nonparametric
> > statistics, and machine learning at the Statistical and Applied
> > Mathematical
> > Sciences Institute in North Carolina. One of the most popular academic
> > conferences on the interdisciplinary study of the mind, Tucson VII -
> > Toward
> > a Science of Consciousness, has accepted his proposal for a talk on the
> > ethics of recursive self-improvement in April. He will also speak on
> > Artificial General Intelligence ethics at AGIRI's first workshop on
> > from narrow AI to AGI, and at Stanford Law School on a new problem for
> > personhood ethics in light of human enhancement technologies, both in
> > * Our organizational identity and website overhaul, after the Summit.
> > Further details:
> > http://www.intelligence.org/challenge/index.html#our_work_details
> > ~~
> > If you aren't familiar with our work, please see:
> > What Is the Singularity?
> > http://www.intelligence.org/what-singularity.html
> > Why Work Toward the Singularity?
> > http://www.intelligence.org/why-singularity.html
> > ~~
> > Additional news:
> > * Yudkowsky will give a talk on February 24 at the Bay Area Future Salon
> > at
> > SAP Labs (attendance ranges from 70-100), to discuss the implications of
> > recursive self-improvement for Friendly AI implementation, and the
> > theoretical challenge that recursive self-improvement poses.
> > Time:
> > 6:00-7:00PM (networking, refreshments), 7:00-9:00PM (talk, discussion)
> > Location:
> > SAP Labs, Building D
> > 3410 Hillview Avenue
> > Palo Alto, CA 94304
> > Details:
> > http://www.futuresalon.org/2006/02/hard_ai_future_.html
> > * Peter Thiel has joined The Singularity Institute's Board of Advisors:
> > http://www.intelligence.org/advisoryboard.html
> > ~~
> > Comments are welcomed on the Summit teaser. Note that "What Others Have
> > Said" has some known headshot-display and text issues that will be
> > Feedback:
> > firstname.lastname@example.org
> > ~~
> > Thank you to everyone helping with the Challenge!
> > Sincerely,
> > ~~
> > Tyler Emerson | Executive Director
> > Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
> > P.O. Box 50182 | Palo Alto, CA 94303 U.S.
> > T-F: 866-667-2524 | email@example.com
> > www.intelligence.org | www.singularitychallenge.com
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