SIAI research from the sidelines

From: Emil Gilliam (
Date: Sat Jul 14 2007 - 19:12:31 MDT

Is there anything specific that an extremely motivated and talented
researcher, not currently working for SIAI or the recipient of one of
its upcoming research grants in the near future, could work on that
would be of highest expected utility towards the eventual building of
a Friendly AI?

Suppose (to give a hypothetical example of personal importance) that
this person is a PhD student whose previous education is in vision and
imaging systems, and can master all the math in Jaynes, Pearl, Hutter,
Mitchell, etc. quickly. If "PhD student" puts too many restrictions on
this person's time and freedom to possibly produce any SIAI-relevant
research, suppose this person is an independent researcher.

- Emil

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