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Transformative AI and Compute


Thanks for sharing, Stephen. Useful resources! Still in the process of listening to Chris Blattman's book "Why We fight". Enjoying it so far.

If anyone is interested to think about the implications of a Taiwan invasion on the compute supply chain (TSMC etc.), PM me.

If someone considers this line of work, I'd be keen to chat and outline some considerations. lennart[ät]heim.xyz

Maybe one could argue with the second species argument/gorilla problem (Russel in Human Compatible)? Seems plausible to me that we're currently enabling a totalitarian global state for many factory-farmed animals -- and we probably could do this permanently.

Just came here to comment the same. :)

See this profile by 80k, this post, and my sequence for more.

Also, don't hesitate to reach out if you want to hear more about roles for AI hardware experts or if someone is interested.

donations from Switzerland accounting for 48% of our total donation volume last year.

Wow! Again, thanks for enabling this. :) So glad to hear that it worked out.

We got plenty of bunkers, oh I mean refuges, in Switzerland - as Luisa Rodriguez pointed out. Happy to help if this moves forward.

We also got a small one in my basement, happy to co-host a trial run. :)

That's a cool idea! Thanks for sharing and crunching those numbers.

I'd note that we also have the Alignment Forum and LessWrong where the majority of AI-related posts end up. So AI causes might be underrepresented and we could have missed the change over time there (and I'd guess that we have seen an increase over time). Maybe quickly running an analysis on their dataset?

Thanks for the update and the concise summary. I enjoyed the bullet point format and sharing the insights of this survey publicly. Great job!

For context, CEA used to pay $70,000 annually to community builders in San Francisco, with lower salaries in areas with lower costs of living.

During which period was this the practice?

Also, now the update is:

Now CEA have updated their payment policy, with salaries baselined to $90,000 in San Francisco, with a cost of living adjustment for other locations, ...

That's starting when?

Indeed. Given that the payment is a grant and you're working for [name of your local org], what's stopping you from using an appropriate title? Be it CEO, director, strategy, program director, etc. Most nationwide EA groups do so and also a handful of local groups.

Great post Trevor! I share your message. :)


The retreat features lots of people who are already “on board” with EA. At least a few should be at least moderately charismatic people for whom EA is a major consideration in how they make decisions.

That's also my experience. While "some buy-in" already helps a lot, people with more experience provide in my experience even "more value" - sharing their EA story, their connected struggles, and maybe how they managed to work on EA-adjacent stuff.
You bring something along these lines up later by saying "The retreat includes “professional EAs.”".

Therefore, I'd also encourage the more "senior people" to join retreats from time to time. You can provide an enormous value. And to all the organizers, reach out to them!

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