In a new article, Louie Helm (SI) outlines textbooks, university and online courses one should study in order to work on Friendliness theory:
When I first learned about Friendly AI, I assumed it was mostly a programming problem. As it turns out, it’s actually mostly a math problem. That’s because most of the theory behind self-reference, decision theory, and general AI techniques haven’t been formalized and solved yet. Thus, when people ask me what they should study in order to work on Friendliness theory, I say “Go study math and theoretical computer science.”
But that’s not specific enough. Should aspiring Friendliness researchers study continuous or discrete math? Imperative or functional programming? Topology? Linear algebra? Ring theory?
I do, in fact, have specific recommendations for which subjects Friendliness researchers should study. And so I worked with a few of my best interns at Singularity Institute to provide recommendations below:
22 course recommendations are given, with the links to online courses and a few universities.