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For humanity’s benefit, we need to guarantee that AI systems can reliably pursue goals that are aligned with society’s human values. If organizations like MIRI are able to help engineer this level of technological advancement and awareness in AI systems, imagine the endless possibilities of how it can help improve our world. It’s critical that we put the infrastructure in place in order to ensure that AI will be used to make the lives of people better.

“Our challenge is to narrow down the focus and make it work in one small region before we tackle the world,” McCaleb says. “It’s permission-less so once it’s working in one region in Africa, other regions can join in seamlessly in the same way that the internet grew organically.”

Before deciding to take the plunge to independently pursue your passion project, leverage the domain expertise of your personal friends, for example, if you are looking to get funding for a passion project, ask your Marketing friends for their opinion on your pitch or for advice on what companies are look for in sponsoring projects such as the one you will be pursuing.

Jed McCaleb, Mbewu Movement in South Africa
Jed McCaleb with members of the Mbewu Movement in South Africa

This “internet for money” is still a long way from becoming a working reality—if it happens at all. But those behind Stellar are already deeply experienced in the realm of online money, and the project has received an unusually large amount of attention in the five days since its launch

One of the key principles that facilitated organic growth of the Internet was its low-level simplicity. With this in mind, we designed the upgraded network with complexity moved to the edges. With simple primitives that can be composed in different ways, the system is robust and maintainable, yet still expressive and powerful.