Connor Leahy (EleutherAI/GPT-J) interview transcripts

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Connor Leahy is the co-founder of EleutherAI, and the creator of GPT-J. These transcripts are being archived for interest. The transcripts were generated by AI (using, and are >90% accurate.

Connor/Christoph interview 2021

YouTube video: Connor Leahy (AI researcher at Aleph Alpha & – The Ultimate Interview
Published: 21/Jan/2021
By: Christoph Schuhmann
Featuring: Connor Leahy
Length: 3:24:50 (3h24m50s)


ai, humans, good, people, problems, gpt, smarter, rationality, years, model, expect, emotions, build, computers, world, hard, company, research, brain, thinking

0:00 Introduction
3:26 The role of AI (Artificial Intelligence) in our world today
6:32 How will AI look in 1 or 2 decades look like?
9:17 How could human-level AI look like?
10:59 Connor explains the reasons he bases his forecast on
14:10 On the progress of AI – text generation abilities in the past few years
18:22 How Connor replicated GPT-2, OpenAI’s language model to “dangerous to release!”
25:08 Connor’s educational background
29:18 Do you need a degree to work in software engineering or machnine learning?
30:34 What would you advise someone who is at the beginning and wants to work in AI or software engineering in the future
32:52 Connor talks about the company he currently works for,Aleph Alpha ( )
38:12 Connor talks about what he does at Aleph Alpha 1
38:56 Where do AI startups in Europe get funding from?
40:18 How much money do machine learning /software engineers make in Europe?
42:18 How much do you work?
45:06 What are the steps for a startup to become a huge “AI Player”
47:05 Connor talks about what he does at Aleph Alpha 2
49:38 What’s the role of connecting people and project management in AI research compared to programming?
54:35 The importance of trusting in your abilities and selling yourself confidently in the IT-industry
56:57 Are 10 mediocre programmers better than 1 really good programmer?
59:25 What are the most important skills that you apply in your work?
1:01:45 What is the role of learning new things in your job?
1:05:52 What would you advice aspiring programmers who are not very well at social interactions?
1:08:59 What is Eleuther AI?
1:14:50 Which mile stones have you already achieved with Eleuther, what is next and what will you do then?
1:17:40 What had been the biggest GPT-model Eleuther had trained so far?
1:19:02 When will the new GPU version (with 175 billion parameters) be ready?
1:25:32 GPT-3’s attention mechanism
1:29:20 Couldn’t we just make the model make bigger and then use only sparse attention?
1:30:19 How will the release of GPT-3-like language models affect the IT-world & society?
1:32:35 Which will be the implications of DALL-E? ( )
1:37:43 On the ambition to replicate “Learning to Summarize with Human Feedback” (… )
1:39:54 On the pace of progress in AI
1:42:20 Teaching AI emotional intelligence
1:47:48 Connor’s predictions for the future
2:01:07 On “Paper-Clip-Maximizers” & Goodhart’s Law
2:09:41 Thoughts on “Human Compatible AI” from Stuart Russell
2:12:44 How AI could manipulate humans to do what it wants
2:14:04 Ideal superintelligent AI would look after humans like loving adults would look after their elderly parents
2:17:55 Christoph about positive views on human nature & the impacts of scarcity and abundance on it
2:24:45 Connor on the importance of deliberately implementing positive human values into AI
2:25:46 It is possible to build AI that loves humans
2:28:03 What sci-fi gets wrong about AI
2:31:24 AI could easily take over the world by being nice, useful and pleasant :)
2:36:26 We already have a superintelligence: The Economy
2:38:38 Connor talks about his past & his personal life
2:46:19 Finding meaning in life
2:49:08 AI Utopia
2:52:42 Really important questions in life
2:56:37 Rationality
3:02:37 How emotional programs influence our decisions
3:08:30 Mindfulness
3:14:50 Why don’t many more people think rigorously about huge topics like happiness, meaning and mortality
3:18:30 Personal development
3:21:06 If you want to be a hero, don’t let anyone tell you you can’t

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Connor panel interview 2020

YouTube video: AI Alignment & AGI Fire Alarm – Connor Leahy
Published: 2/Nov/2020
By: Machine Learning Street Talk
Featuring: Connor Leahy and discussion panel
Length: 2:04:49 (2h04m49s)


intelligence, ai, gpt, humans, utility function, problem, intelligent, alignment, theory, argument, talk, rationality, system, alphago, decision, concept, question, good, function, algorithm

00:00:00 Introduction to AI alignment and AGI fire alarm
00:15:16 Main Show Intro
00:18:38 Different schools of thought on AI safety
00:24:03 What is intelligence?
00:25:48 AI Alignment
00:27:39 Humans dont have a coherent utility function
00:28:13 Newcomb’s paradox and advanced decision problems
00:34:01 Incentives and behavioural economics
00:37:19 Prisoner’s dilemma
00:40:24 Ayn Rand and game theory in politics and business
00:44:04 Instrumental convergence and orthogonality thesis
00:46:14 Utility functions and the Stop button problem
00:55:24 AI corrigibality – self alignment
00:56:16 Decision theory and stability / wireheading / robust delegation
00:59:30 Stop button problem
01:00:40 Making the world a better place
01:03:43 Is intelligence a search problem?
01:04:39 Mesa optimisation / humans are misaligned AI
01:06:04 Inner vs outer alignment / faulty reward functions
01:07:31 Large corporations are intelligent and have no stop function
01:10:21 Dutch booking / what is rationality / decision theory
01:16:32 Understanding very powerful AIs
01:18:03 Kolmogorov complexity
01:19:52 GPT-3 – is it intelligent, are humans even intelligent?
01:28:40 Scaling hypothesis
01:29:30 Connor thought DL was dead in 2017
01:37:54 Why is GPT-3 as intelligent as a human
01:44:43 Jeff Hawkins on intelligence as compression and the great lookup table
01:50:28 AI ethics related to AI alignment?
01:53:26 Interpretability
01:56:27 Regulation
01:57:54 Intelligence explosion

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