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UPDATE: QUESTION HAS BEEN ANSWERED - https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/3kaojgsu6qy2n8TdC/pre-announcing-the-2023-open-philanthropy-ai-worldviews

This question is regarding the Future Fund’s AI Worldview Prize, and how the FTX collapse will affect this - in particular, how likely it is another funder will step in to award participants prizes.

I recently spent a couple weeks researching AI Risk arguments from first principles and was planning to spend the next five weeks continuing to do research and writing a submission for this contest.

Considering the large prize pool (up to 1.5 million dollars) and obvious importance of this issue to EA and longtermism, I am sure there are many others in this situation as well.

It seems possible that in order to not disrupt the work of researchers like myself, and to replace rewards for prize participants who have already submitted, another large funder such as Open Philanthropy may want to step in to partially or fully place this prize.

My question is:

How likely is something like this is to occur, so that I can plan accordingly?

Of course an official answer would be ideal, but any thoughts or input is appreciated. Thanks!




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Good question, I've created a manifold market for this:

Thank you! This is very useful input.

Jordan -- good question; it's something I've also been wondering about. (I've also invested quite a bit of time in drafting an essay submission for this AI Worldview Prize contest.)

A stopgap solution might be for alternative funders to offer a somewhat larger number of smaller prizes. The original $1.5 million prize was contingent on inducing a very large shift in timelines and/or risk estimates among AI safety experts, and that always seemed quite unlikely to happen. The smaller prizes seemed more likely to actually be awarded, and served as more realistic incentives for writing great, incisive, compelling essays.

So, my humble suggestion would be for any other funders who want to continue this essay competition, to offer something like $250k for first place essay, $150k for second place, $100k for third place, and something like 10 'honorable mention' prizes of $50k each. This would still be significant incentive for people who were already working on essays to complete them and release them. And it would represent a more predictable budgetary cost (e.g. $1 million total) to whoever might step in to fund the competition.

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