Dan Hendrycks

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Utilitarianism Symbol Design Competition

A reminder that the competition ends this month!

Utilitarianism Symbol Design Competition

My main concern is that the format disproportionately encourages submissions from amateurs

We also crosspost on reddit to attract people who know how to design logos.

The claim that "symbolism is important" is not substantiated

I would need evidence against the claim that imagery basically worthless. Even in academic ML research, it's a fatal mistake not to spend at least a day thinking about how to visualize the paper's concepts. This mistake is nonetheless common.

Utilitarianism Symbol Design Competition

There isn't an official body for utilitarianism, so no decisions are official. A community competition brings in more submissions and voices, and it is a less arbitrary process. I'll try to have many utilitarian-minded people vote on the insignia compared to just one person.

Utilitarianism Symbol Design Competition

I think the "heart in a lightbulb" insignia for EA is a great design choice and excellent for outreach, but there is no such communicable symbol for utilitarianism. Companies know to spend much on design for outreach since visualization is not superfluous. I do not think the optimal spending is $0, as is currently the case. A point of the competition is finding a visual way of communicating a salient idea about utilitarianism suitable for broader outreach. I do not know what part is best to communicate or how best to communicate it--that's part of the reason for the competition.