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TL;DR: I argue for two main theses:
Since mine is one of the last posts of the AI Pause Debate Week, I've also added a section at the end with quick responses to the previous posts.
That is, ignoring tractability and just assuming that we succeed at the...
I’m writing this in my own capacity. The views expressed are my own, and should not be taken to represent the views of Apollo Research or any other program I’m involved with.
TL;DR: I argue why I think there should be more AI safety orgs. I’ll also provide some suggestions on how that could be achieved. The core argument is that there is a lot of unused talent and I don’t think existing orgs scale fast enough to absorb it. Thus, more orgs are needed. This post can also serve as a call to action for funders, founders, and researchers to coordinate to start new orgs.
This piece is certainly biased! I recently started an AI safety org and therefore obviously believe that there is/was a gap to be...
Less than a year ago, a community-wide conversation started about slowing down AI.
Some commented that outside communities won't act effectively to restrict AI, since they're not "aligned" with our goal of preventing extinction. That's where I stepped in:
Communities are already taking action – to restrict harmful scaling of AI.
I'm in touch with creatives, data workers, journalists, veterans, product safety experts, AI ethics researchers, and climate change researchers organising against harms.
Today, I drafted a plan to assist creatives. It's for a funder, so I omitted details.
Would love your thoughts, before the AI Pause Debate Week closes:
Rather than hope new laws will pass in 1-2 years, we can enforce established laws now. It is in AI Safety's interest to support creatives to enforce laws against data laundering.
I recently was at a music festival, where we stood in a long queue in the scorching sun. The festival would go from around 10 am to 10 pm and all stages were outdoor with practically no shadows to be found. My group had another person besides myself with sunscreen and I decided on passing my sunscreen backwards to the group behind us who didn’t bring any, with the comment that they should continue passing it on afterwards. I did that just because it felt nice to do; a small act of good, but when thinking about it I became pretty sure that this is much more cost effective than typical interventions in rich countries.
I spend a few hours reading up and calculating likely cost effectiveness of...
EAs like to talk about voting methods. Ones that come up a lot are Ranked Choice and Approval.
Like most EAs, I went on the internet to try to find academic opinions the relative merits of different systems. There are many systems, and to the extent that there was anything like consensus about what was the best method, it didn't seem like the top ones were RCV or Approval.
This analysis by Paul Cuff that feigns to be a general comparison and ends with "Use Condorcet".
Is there a page where EAs consider more than just those two options and have opinions about them?
I understand the argument about "gathering around any non-first-past-the-post" is good, and I don't mean to reopen what seems to be more speculatory pasttime than substantive discussion, but it would be nice to have something to reference that injects more normative/utilitarian and practical arguments from an EA perspective.
Apologies if this is a dupe: if so, I'll later edit this to include a link to the original.
Labor unions are associations of workers that negotiate with employers. A union for AI workers such as data scientists, hardware and software engineers could organise labor to counterbalance the influence of shareholders or political masters.
Importantly, unions could play a unique, direct role in redirecting or slowing down the rapid development of AI technology across multiple companies when there is a concern about safety and race dynamics. With difficult to replace expertise, they could do so independent of employers wishes.
Unions often negotiate with multiple companies simultaneously, including in industries where competition is fierce. By uniting workers across AI labs, unions could exert significant collective bargaining power to demand a pause or slower, more cautious development of AI systems with a strong emphasis on safety.
If union demands are...