by Larks1 min read30th Aug 20224 comments
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After having written an annual review of AI safety organisations for six years, I intend to stop this year. I'm sharing this in case someone else wanted to in my stead.

Reasons

  • It is very time consuming and I am busy.
  • I have a lot of conflicts of interests now.
  • The space is much better funded by large donors than when I started. As a small donor, it seems like you either donate to:
    • A large org that OP/FTX/etc. support, in which case funging is ~ total and you can probably just support any.
    • A large org than OP/FTX/etc. reject in which case there is a high chance you are wrong.
    • A small org OP/FTX/etc. haven't heard of, in which case I probably can't help you either.
  • Part of my motivation was to ensure I stayed involved in the community but this is not at threat now.

Hopefully it was helpful to people over the years. If you have any questions feel free to reach out.

Ahhh, what if you instead got substantial help, e.g., a research assistant? Mostly interested because there just aren't that many in-depth investigations of the whole field.

I think that the case for impact is now that OP/FTX read the review and change their perspective, rather than small donors. But I think that there is still value in this.

Yea; from my perspective, the total benefit of these posts might be higher than ever given the fact that there's much more activity and decisions being in the space now. That said, I imagine the costs are higher too (Larks's time is more valuable)

Thanks for pulling it together over so many years, and reading through a truly mindboggling array of papers & reports!