Dr. Stuart Armstrong

Co-founder of Aligned AI & Author of Smarter Than Us

  • Former James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University
  • Advisor for the AI Safety Camp
  • Former Research Director at InhibOx
  • Former Consultant Researcher at IOpener
  • TEDx Talk: Manufacturing an Ideal Future

Discover Dr. Stuart Armstrong’s biography of published work below.

Smarter Than Us
Smarter Than Us: The Rise of Machine Intelligence

Dr Stuart Armstrong is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Aligned AI. A thought leader on the power of AI and the risk associated with it, he is a preeminent expert in AI safety, establishing pioneering methods to keep AI under human control. With distinguished expertise in responsible and ethical AI, Stuart is a highly sought-after speaker who captivates audiences with his knowledge of AI existential risks.

Receiving a stellar education, Stuart earned a Tripos, Part I, II and III in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge before completing a doctorate in Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He began his career as a Consultant Researcher at IOpener before joining the Erwin Schrodinger Institute and the University of Vienna as a Mathematics Researcher. In 2008, he became Research Director at InhibOx, spending three years at the pioneering biotechnology research company. Stuart then spent the next decade working at the Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University, as the James Martin Research Fellow, designing safe and aligned AI systems.

At the cutting-edge institute, Stuart also analysed pertinent threats facing humanity, including pandemics, nuclear threats, human extinction, space colonisation and AI. After developing vast expertise in AI existential risks, he co-founded Aligned AI with Rebecca Gorman in 2021, a startup creating solutions for safe, ethical, and responsible AI. A preeminent academic, Stuart has accumulated thousands of citations as an authority on AI control. Stuart is also the author of the bestselling book Smarter Than Us: The Rise of Machine Intelligence and the FHI Technical Report Racing to the Precipice: a Model of Artificial Intelligence Development.

As a thought leader on AI, he serves as a Mentor for the Foresight Institute, supporting the development of high-impact technology. He is also an Advisor for the AI Safety Camp, helping people establish a career in AI safety research. Moreover, he has appeared in numerous documentaries, such as Alien Worlds, The Future of Life and Death, and Odyssey. As a recognised expert on AI, he is frequently interviewed, sharing his profound insights. At the forefront of innovation, Stuart has developed pioneering methods for AI alignment, providing robust solutions to AI following human values. Speaking eloquently about his innovative work in building safe, ethical, and responsible AI frameworks, Stuart is a highly prized speaker.

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