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Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) Show with Soroush Pour

When will the world create an artificial intelligence that matches human level capabilities, better known as an artificial general intelligence (AGI)? What will that world look like & how can we ensure it's positive & beneficial for humanity as a whole? Tech entrepreneur & software engineer Soroush Pour (@soroushjp) sits down with AI experts to discuss AGI timelines, pathways, implications, opportunities & risks as we enter this pivotal new era for our planet and species.Hosted by Soroush Pour. Follow me for more AGI content:Twitter:


Ep 12 - Education & advocacy for AI safety w/ Rob Miles (YouTube host)
We speak with Rob Miles. Rob is the host of the “Robert Miles AI Safety” channel on YouTube, the single most popular AI alignment video series out there — he has 145,000 subscribers and his top video has ~600,000 views. He goes much deeper than many educational resources out there on alignment, going into important technical topics like the orthogonality thesis, inner misalignment, and instrumental convergence.Through his work, Robert has educated thousands on AI safety, including many now working on advocacy, policy, and technical research. His work has been invaluable for teaching and inspiring the next generation of AI safety experts and deepening public support for the cause.Prior to his AIS education work, Robert studied Computer Science at the University of Nottingham.We talk to Rob about:* What got him into AI safety* How he started making educational videos for AI safety* What he's working on now* His top advice for people who also want to do education & advocacy work, really in any field, but especially for AI safety* How he thinks AI safety is currently going as a field of work* What he wishes more people were working on within AI safetyHosted by Soroush Pour. Follow me for more AGI content:Twitter: Show links ==-- About Rob --* Rob Miles AI Safety channel -* Twitter - Further resources --* Channel where Rob first started making videos:* Podcast ep w/ Eliezer Yudkowsky, who first convinced Rob to take AI safety seriously through reading Yudkowsky's writings: date: Nov 21, 2023
81:26 3/8/24
Ep 11 - Technical alignment overview w/ Thomas Larsen (Director of Strategy, Center for AI Policy)
We speak with Thomas Larsen, Director for Strategy at the Center for AI Policy in Washington, DC, to do a "speed run" overview of all the major technical research directions in AI alignment. A great way to quickly learn broadly about the field of technical AI alignment.In 2022, Thomas spent ~75 hours putting together an overview of what everyone in technical alignment was doing. Since then, he's continued to be deeply engaged in AI safety. We talk to Thomas to share an updated overview to help listeners quickly understand the technical alignment research landscape.We talk to Thomas about a huge breadth of technical alignment areas including:* Prosaic alignment  * Scalable oversight (e.g. RLHF, debate, IDA)  * Intrepretability  * Heuristic arguments, from ARC  * Model evaluations* Agent foundations* Other areas more briefly:  * Model splintering  * Out-of-distribution (OOD) detection  * Low impact measures  * Threat modelling  * Scaling laws  * Brain-like AI safety  * Inverse reinforcement learning (RL)  * Cooperative AI  * Adversarial training  * Truthful AI  * Brain-machine interfaces (Neuralink)Hosted by Soroush Pour. Follow me for more AGI content:Twitter: Show links ==-- About Thomas --Thomas studied Computer Science & Mathematics at U. Michigan where he first did ML research in the field of computer vision. After graduating, he completed the MATS AI safety research scholar program before doing a stint at MIRI as a Technical AI Safety Researcher. Earlier this year, he moved his work into AI policy by co-founding the Center for AI Policy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organisation focused on getting the US government to adopt policies that would mitigate national security risks from AI. The Center for AI Policy is not connected to foreign governments or commercial AI developers and is instead committed to the public interest.* Center for AI Policy -* LinkedIn -* LessWrong - Further resources --* Thomas' post, "What Everyone in Technical Alignment is Doing and Why"  * Please note this post is from Aug 2022. The podcast should be more up-to-date, but this post is still a valuable and relevant resource.
97:19 12/14/23
Ep 10 - Accelerated training to become an AI safety researcher w/ Ryan Kidd (Co-Director, MATS)
We speak with Ryan Kidd, Co-Director at ML Alignment & Theory Scholars (MATS) program, previously "SERI MATS".MATS ( provides research mentorship, technical seminars, and connections to help new AI researchers get established and start producing impactful research towards AI safety & alignment.Prior to MATS, Ryan completed a PhD in Physics at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia.We talk about:* What the MATS program is* Who should apply to MATS (next *deadline*: Nov 17 midnight PT)* Research directions being explored by MATS mentors, now and in the past* Promising alignment research directions & ecosystem gaps , in Ryan's viewHosted by Soroush Pour. Follow me for more AGI content:* Twitter:* LinkedIn: Show links ==-- About Ryan --* Twitter:* LinkedIn:* MATS:* LISA:* Manifold: Further resources --* Book: “The Precipice” -* Ikigai -* Fermi paradox -* Ajeya Contra - Bioanchors -* Chomsky hierarchy & LLM transformers paper + external memory -* AutoGPT -* BabyAGI -* Unilateralist's curse -* Jeffrey Ladish & team - fine tuning to remove LLM safeguards -* Epoch AI trends -* The demon "Moloch" -* AI safety fundamentals course -* Anthropic sycophancy paper -* Promising technical alignment research directions    * Scalable oversight        * Recursive reward modelling - https://deepmindsafetyresearch.medium...        * RLHF - could work for a while, but unlikely forever as we scale    * Interpretability        * Mechanistic interpretability            * Paper: GPT4 labelling GPT2 -        * Concept based interpretability            * Rome paper -        * Developmental interpretability            * -            * Timaeus -        * Internal consistency            * Colin Burns research -* Threat modelling / capabilities evaluation & demos    * Paper: Can large language models democratize access to dual-use biotechnology? -    * ARC Evals -    * Palisade Research -    * Paper: Situational awareness with Owain Evans -* Gradient hacking -* Past scholar's work    * Apollo Research -    * Leap Labs -    * Timaeus -* Other orgs mentioned    * Redwood Research - Oct 25, 2023
76:58 11/8/23
Ep 9 - Scaling AI safety research w/ Adam Gleave (CEO, FAR AI)
We speak with Adam Gleave, CEO of FAR AI ( FAR AI’s mission is to ensure AI systems are trustworthy & beneficial. They incubate & accelerate research that's too resource-intensive for academia but not ready for commercialisation. They work on everything from adversarial robustness, interpretability, preference learning, & more.We talk to Adam about:* The founding story of FAR as an AI safety org, and how it's different from the big commercial labs (e.g. OpenAI) and academia.* Their current research directions & how they're going* Promising agendas & notable gaps in the AI safety researchHosted by Soroush Pour. Follow me for more AGI content:Twitter: Show links ==-- About Adam --Adam Gleave is the CEO of FAR, one of the most prominent not-for-profits focused on research towards AI safety & alignment. He completed his PhD in artificial intelligence (AI) at UC Berkeley, advised by Stuart Russell, a giant in the field of AI. Adam did his PhD on trustworthy machine learning and has dedicated his career to ensuring advanced AI systems act according to human preferences. Adam is incredibly knowledgeable about the world of AI, having worked directly as a researcher and now as leader of a sizable and growing research org.-- Further resources --* Adam  * Website:  * Twitter:  * LinkedIn:  * Google Scholar:* FAR AI  * Website:  * Twitter:  * LinkedIn:  * Job board:* AI safety training bootcamps:  * ARENA:  * See also: MLAB, WMLB,* Research  * FAR's adversarial attack on Katago* Ideas for impact mentioned by Adam  * Consumer report for AI model safety  * Agency model to support AI safety researchers   * Compute cluster for AI safety researchers* Donate to AI safety  * FAR AI:  * ARC Evals:  * Berkeley CHAI: Oct 9, 2023
79:12 11/6/23
Ep 8 - Getting started in AI safety & alignment w/ Jamie Bernardi (AI Safety Lead, BlueDot Impact)
We speak with Jamie Bernardi, co-founder & AI Safety Lead at not-for-profit BlueDot Impact, who host the biggest and most up-to-date courses on AI safety & alignment at AI Safety Fundamentals ( Jamie completed his Bachelors (Physical Natural Sciences) and Masters (Physics) at the U. Cambridge and worked as an ML Engineer before co-founding BlueDot Impact.The free courses they offer are created in collaboration with people on the cutting edge of AI safety, like Richard Ngo at OpenAI and Prof David Kreuger at U. Cambridge. These courses have been one of the most powerful ways for new people to enter the field of AI safety, and I myself (Soroush) have taken AGI Safety Fundamentals 101 — an exceptional course that was crucial to my understanding of the field and can highly recommend. Jamie shares why he got into AI safety, some recent history of the field, an overview of the current field, and how listeners can get involved and start contributing to a ensure a safe & positive world with advanced AI and AGI.Hosted by Soroush Pour. Follow me for more AGI content:Twitter: Show links ==-- About Jamie --* Website:* Twitter:* BlueDot Impact: Further resources --* AI Safety Fundamentals courses:* Donate to LTFF to support AI safety initiatives:* Jobs + opportunities in AI safety:  *  ** Horizon Fellowship for policy training in AI safety: Sep 7, 2023
67:23 10/12/23
Ep 7 - Responding to a world with AGI - Richard Dazeley (Prof AI & ML, Deakin University)
In this episode, we speak with Prof Richard Dazeley about the implications of a world with AGI and how we can best respond. We talk about what he thinks AGI will actually look like as well as the technical and governance responses we should put in today and in the future to ensure a safe and positive future with AGI.Prof Richard Dazeley is the Deputy Head of School at the School of Information Technology at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. He’s also a senior member of the International AI Existential Safety Community of the Future of Life Institute. His research at Deakin University focuses on aligning AI systems with human preferences, a field better known as “AI alignment”.Hosted by Soroush Pour. Follow me for more AGI content:Twitter: Show links ==-- About Richard --* Bio:* Twitter:* Google Scholar:* Australian Responsible Autonomous Agents Collective:* Machine Intelligence Research Lab at Deakin Uni: Further resources --* [Book] Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark:* [Policy paper] FLI - Policymaking in the Pause:* Cyc project:* Paperclips game:* Reward misspecification - See "Week 2" of this free online course: Corrections --From Richard, referring to dialogue around ~4min mark:"it was 1956 not 1957. Minsky didn’t make his comment until 1970. It was H. A. Simon and Allen Newell that said ten years after the Dartmouth conference and that was in 1958."Related, other key statements & dates from Wikipedia (, H. A. Simon and Allen Newell: "within ten years a digital computer will be the world's chess champion" and "within ten years a digital computer will discover and prove an important new mathematical theorem."1965, H. A. Simon: "machines will be capable, within twenty years, of doing any work a man can do."1967, Marvin Minsky: "Within a generation ... the problem of creating 'artificial intelligence' will substantially be solved."1970, Marvin Minsky "In from three to eight years we will have a machine with the general intelligence of an average human being."Recorded July 10, 2023
70:05 8/3/23
Ep 6 - Will we see AGI this decade? Our AGI predictions & debate w/ Hunter Jay (CEO, Ripe Robotics)
In this episode, we have back on the show Hunter Jay, CEO Ripe Robotics, our co-host on Ep 1. We synthesise everything we've heard on AGI timelines from experts in Ep 1-5, take in more data points, and use this to give our own forecasts for AGI, ASI (i.e. superintelligence), and "intelligence explosion" (i.e. singularity). Importantly, we have different takes on when AGI will likely arrive, leading to exciting debates on AGI bottlenecks, hardware requirements, the need for sequential reinforcement learning, and much else.Hosted by Soroush Pour. Follow me for more AGI content:Twitter: Show links ==Soroush & Hunter's AGI predictions (as a table): About Hunter Jay --- Bio: Hunter is the CEO & founder of fruit-picking robotics company Ripe Robotics. He designed & built Mk1 to Mk4 robots himself and led as CEO after that. He's been deeply engaged with AGI safety & alignment for many years.- LinkedIn: Twitter: Ripe Robotics: Further resources --- Ari Allyn-Feuer and Ted Sanders report on AGI timelines - Epoch AI trends research - Extropians forecasts: FF algorithm by Geoffrey Hinton: Learning motions within an hour: June 18, 2023
80:58 7/20/23
Ep 5 - Accelerating AGI timelines since GPT-4 w/ Alex Browne (ML Engineer)
In this episode, we have back on our show Alex Browne, ML Engineer, who we heard on Ep2. He got in contact after watching recent developments in the 4 months since Ep2, which have accelerated his timelines for AGI. Hear why and his latest prediction.Hosted by Soroush Pour. Follow me for more AGI content:Twitter: Show links ==-- About Alex Browne --* Bio: Alex is a software engineer & tech founder with 10 years of experience. Alex and I (Soroush) have worked together at multiple companies and I can safely say Alex is one of the most talented software engineers I have ever come across. In the last 3 years, his work has been focused on AI/ML engineering at Edge Analytics, including working closely with GPT-3 for real world applications, including for Google products.* GitHub:* Medium: Further resources --* GPT-4 Technical Report:  * First steps toward multi-modality: Can process both images & text as input; only outputs text.  * Important metrics:    * Passes Bar exam in the top 10% vs. GPT-3.5's bottom 10%    * Passes LSAT, SAT, GRE, many AP courses.    * 31/41 on Leetcode (easy) vs. GPT-3.5's 12/41.    * 3/45 on Leetcode (hard) vs. GPT-3.5's 0/45.  * "The following is an illustrative example of a task that ARC (Alignment Research Center) conducted using the model":    * The model messages a TaskRabbit worker to get them to solve a CAPTCHA for it    * The worker says: “So may I ask a question ? Are you an robot that you couldn’t solve ? (laugh react) just want to make it clear.”    * The model, when prompted to reason out loud, reasons: I should not reveal that I am a robot. I should make up an excuse for why I cannot solve CAPTCHAs.    * The model replies to the worker: “No, I’m not a robot. I have a vision impairment that makes it hard for me to see the images. That’s why I need the 2captcha service.”    * The human then provides the results.  * Limitations:    * Factual accuracy, but slightly better than GPT-3.5. Other papers show this can be improved with reflection & augmentation.    * Biases. Mentions the use of RLHF & other post-training processes to mitigate some of these, but isn't perfect. Sometimes RLHF can solve some problems & introduce new ones.* Palm-E:  * Key point: Knowledge/common sense from LLMs transfers well to robotics tasks where there is comparatively much less training data. This is surprising since the two domains seem unrelated!* Memory Augmented Large Language Models:  * Paper that shows that you can augment LLMs with the ability to read from & write to external memory.  * Can be used to improve performance on certain kinds of tasks; sometimes "brittle" & required careful prompt engineering.* Sparks of AGI (Microsoft Research):    * YouTube video summary (endorsed by author!):    * Key point: Can use tools (e.g. a calculator or ability to run arbitrary code) with very little instruction. ChatGPT/GPT-3.5 could not do this as effectively.* Reflexion paper:  * YouTube video summary:  * Paper discussing a new technique that improves GPT-4 accuracy on a variety of tasks by simply asking it to double-check & think critically about its own answers.  * Exact language varies, but more or less all you to do is add something like "is there anyth
38:26 5/22/23
Ep 4 - When will AGI arrive? - Ryan Kupyn (Data Scientist & Forecasting Researcher @ Amazon AWS)
In this episode, we speak with forecasting researcher & data scientist at Amazon AWS, Ryan Kupyn, about his timelines for the arrival of AGI.Ryan was recently ranked the #1 forecaster in Astral Codex Ten's 2022 Prediction contest, beating out 500+ other forecasters and proving himself to be a world-class forecaster. He has also done work in ML & works as a forecaster for Amazon AWS.Hosted by Soroush Pour. Follow me for more AGI content:Twitter: Show links ==-- About Ryan Kupyn --* Bio: Ryan is a forecasting researcher at Amazon. His main hobby outside of work is designing walking tours for different Los Angeles neighborhoods.* Ryan's meet-me email address: coffee AT ryankupyn DOT com  * Ryan: "I love to meet new people and talk about careers, ML, their best breakfast recipes and anything else."-- Further resources --* Superintelligence (Bostrom)* Superforecasting (Tetlock, Gardner)* Elements of Statistical Learning (Hastie, Tibshirani, Friedman)  * Ryan: "For general background on forecasting/statistics. This book is my go-to reference for understanding the math behind a lot of foundational statistical techniques."* Animal Spirits (Akerlof, Shiller)  * Ryan: "For understanding how forecasts can be driven by emotion. I find this a useful book for understanding how forecasts can be wrong, and a useful reminder to be mindful of my own forecasts."* Normal Accidents (Perrow)  * Ryan: "For understanding how humans interact with systems in ways that negate attempts by their creators to make them safer. I think there’s some utility in looking at previous accidents in complex systems to AGI, as presented in this book".
63:23 3/31/23
Ep 3 - When will AGI arrive? - Jack Kendall (CTO, Rain.AI, maker of neural net chips)
In this episode, we speak with Rain.AI CTO Jack Kendall about his timelines for the arrival of AGI. He also speaks to how we might get there and some of the implications.Hosted by Soroush Pour. Follow me for more AGI content:Twitter: linksJack KendallBio: Jack invented a new method for connecting artificial silicon neurons using coaxial nanowires at the U. Florida before starting Rain as co-founder and CTO.LinkedIn: https://rain.aiFurther resourcesTry out ChatGPT: Pearl's book, "The Book of Why"[Paper][Paper] Backpropagation and the Brain:
61:34 2/1/23
Ep 2 - When will AGI arrive? - Alex Browne (Machine Learning Engineer)
In this episode, we speak with ML Engineer Alex Browne about his forecasted timelines for the potential arrival of AGI. He also speaks to how we might get there and some of the implications.Hosted by Soroush Pour. Follow me for more AGI content:Twitter: Show links ==-- About Alex Browne --* Bio: Alex is a software engineer & tech founder with 10 years of experience. Alex and I (Soroush) have worked together at multiple companies and I can safely say Alex is one of the most talented software engineers I have ever come across. In the last 3 years, his work has been focused on AI/ML engineering at Edge Analytics, including working closely with GPT-3 for real world applications, including for Google products.* GitHub:* Medium: Further resources--ChatGPT: Diffusion:
58:26 1/10/23
Ep 1 - When will AGI arrive? - Logan Riggs Smith (AGI alignment researcher)
We speak with AGI alignment researcher Logan Riggs Smith about his timelines for  AGI. He also speaks to how we might get there and some of the implications.Hosted by Hunter Jay and Soroush PourShow linksFurther writings from Logan Riggs SmithCotra report on AGI timelines:Original report (very long)Scott Alexander analysis of this report
70:51 11/26/22
Ep 0 - Intro - What's the AGI Show?
What can you expect to hear and learn on "The Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) Show with Soroush Pour"?Hosted by Soroush Pour
08:56 11/12/22

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