Dr. Roman Yampolskiy - Controlling Artificial Super-Intelligence #63


Dr. Yampolskiy’s main areas of interest are behavioral biometrics, digital forensics, pattern recognition, genetic algorithms, neural networks, artificial super-intelligence and games.

Dr. Yampolskiy is an author of over 100 publications including multiple journal articles and books. His research has been cited by numerous scientists and profiled in popular magazines both American and foreign (New Scientist, Poker Magazine, Science World Magazine), dozens of websites (BBC, MSNBC, Yahoo! News) and on radio (German National Radio, Alex Jones Show).

Reports about his work have attracted international attention and have been translated into many languages including Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, and Spanish.

Roman V. Yampolskiy holds a PhD degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo. There he was a recipient of a four year NSF (National Science Foundation) IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) fellowship. Before beginning his doctoral studies Dr. Yampolskiy received a BS/MS (High Honors) combined degree in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA.

After completing his PhD dissertation Dr. Yampolskiy held a position of an Affiliate Academic at the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University of London, College of London. In 2008 Dr. Yampolskiy accepted an assistant professor position at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville, KY.

Dr. Yampolskiy had previously conducted research at the Laboratory for Applied Computing (currently known as Center for Advancing the Study of Infrastructure) at the Rochester Institute of Technology and at the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Yampolskiy is also an alumnus of Singularity University (GSP2012) and a visiting fellow of the Singularity Institute.

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Episode Summary

My interest is artificial intelligence. Specifically I’m trying to understand how to control it and how to make sure it’s beneficial for everyone.

“You’re not going to find some perfect role model. Take something good from a dozen people.”

“Whatever the product is, people will find ridiculous ways to abuse it. You need to see this ahead of time and get ready for it.

“If a system is smarter than you, you cannot predict what its actually going to do. By definition. If you could, you’d be just as smart.”

—Roman Yampolskiy

Key Milestones

  1. Dr. Yampolskiy was able to bypass getting a bachelor’s degree and go straight to getting his Master’s and PhD. How did he do this? And how was he able to save money on education?
  2. What is Dr Yampolskiy’s approach to deep work? How is he able to juggle teaching and his own research?
  3. Computing is advancing at an increasing pace, what are Dr Yamposlkiy’s thoughts on artificial super-intelligence?
  4. Why is Dr. Yampolsky working on finding failure models for systems that don’t even exist today?
  5. How has Dr. Yampolskiy been able to have multiple mentors and take away bits and pieces from each one of them?

Additional Resources

Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach - by Dr. Roman Yampolskiy

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