Thanks for this amazing, really comprehensive writeup! I'm from Surge - we are actually very intrinsically Alignment-motivated, and one of our main goals is to help researchers advance the field. So this is great feedback for us. I’d love to grab time with you all to chat more. And if anyone else would like to chat too, feel free to reach out to me at edwin[æ]surgehq.ai :)
As a sidenote, we do help take as much off people's plates as possible (whether creating instructions, building interfaces, running quality controls, etc). We probably need to figure out how to explain that better.