All of joe7399's Comments + Replies

Optimizing Public Goods Funding with blockchain tech and clever incentive design (RETROX)

Thanks for your feedback! We haven't looked at the S-Process but it sounds promising and I'll check it out. We are in touch with Optimism and would love to play in part in future RPGF rounds but haven't reached any agreement yet.

Some great links there, will check them out. I've just joined your Discord, we should arrange a call.

Fixed the links.

Optimizing Public Goods Funding with blockchain tech and clever incentive design (RETROX)

It is not particularly different from what Optimism is trying to achieve, but importantly it is actually on-chain whereas Optimism's initial test round was done informally with a google doc to notarize votes and project nominations and disbursement was manual. As things scale this isn't really a great way to fund future rounds especially if more money is involved. 

That's a good point, observing risk reduction is hard and it was a can of worms I didn't really open in the article. I am relying on sensible wisdom of the crowd type decisions to be impleme... (read more)

Optimizing Public Goods Funding with blockchain tech and clever incentive design (RETROX)

That makes more sense now. Nothing inherent to the retrox platform would prevent this if the expert badgeholders agree to vote for the retroactive funding of the risky viral engineering project.

The fact that severe risks had to be taken should be factored into the assignment of the votes, i.e. how value was created. Incentivizing more high risk behavior with potentially extremely harmful impacts is undesireable. Retroactively funding a project of this nature would set a precedent for the types of projects which are funded in the future which I think would... (read more)

Optimizing Public Goods Funding with blockchain tech and clever incentive design (RETROX)

What sort of of projects are you envisioning? AI research labs where there is a 50/50 chance as to whether they end up caring about AI safety? Retroactive funding means that one has the ability to assess the past impact of a particular project in a particular domain and then give out grants through quadratic voting. The ability to look at a project's impact in the past would aid with setting priors for how likely something is to be harmful in the future. If a project has the potential to be incredibly harmful then this should be weighed up by the badge hol... (read more)

9ofer3mo
Suppose Alice is working on a dangerous project that involves engineering a virus for the purpose of developing new vaccines. Fortunately, the dangerous stage of the project is completed successfully (the new virus is exterminated before it has a chance to leak), and now we have new vaccines that are extremely beneficial. At this point, observing that the project had a huge positive impact, will Retrox retroactively fund the project?
Vitalik: Cryptoeconomics and X-Risk Researchers Should Listen to Each Other More

Hey alex - interesting post - i generally agree with your sentiment and think a greater degree of collaboration between crypto economic researcher and x-risk researchers would be helpful, particularly when it comes to incentive design and predictions. Perhaps you might be interested in a specific example where I think that using a blockchain application might be of help to the EA community: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/9kcMNim6R2Lvh4FAf/optimizing-public-goods-funding-with-blockchain-tech-and, would love to hear your feedback.