AI Safety Camp connects you with interesting collaborators worldwide to discuss and decide on a concrete research proposal, gear up online as a team, and try your hand at AI safety research during intensive coworking sprints.

We’re excited to announce our second virtual edition! The program takes place from mid-January to the end of May 2021.
Applications open on 15 November 2020. If we can help you clarify and advance your career goals, we would love to receive your application!

Apply if you want to . . .

  •  connect with insightful and competent individuals dedicated to AI safety.
  •  learn about diverse considerations and broad developments in AI safety.
  •  map and prioritise research questions to work on.
  •  find interested collaborators to work with over the months and years ahead.
  •  be more systematic and productive in developing research as part of a team.
  •  learn what it’s like to do research in a team.
  •  test your personal fit to inform your next career steps.

. . . and you

  •  want to work on the kind of AI safety research that reduces existential risk.
  •  are strong in the skills necessary for the research area you’re interested in (eg. machine learning for technical AI safety research).
    Equivalent to at least an undergraduate degree – includes having researched, written and presented a scientific paper or (Bachelor’s) thesis, or completed any other relevant project of similar size.
  •  work well in a team, remotely and in person.
  •  take initiative; even better if you have leadership experience.
  •  speak and write clearly.
  •  can find problems, analyse them, and generate ideas for solving them.
  •  can write and judge research proposals (we provide guidance in case you don’t know how).
  •  can plan and complete projects.
  •  are available for camp preparation (≧ 7 h/week for 7 weeks), during the weekend sprints (≧ 8 h/d), and afterwards to wrap up the project and at a minimum produce a document explaining what you did (5-15 h).

We’re proudest of those participants who put in the additional time to publish a research paper or high-quality blog post. It’s not a requirement and we won’t evaluate you based on your intentions in that regard.

However, AISC is a large commitment. We expect you to make an effort to produce serious research.

 

Application timeline

15 Nov 2020 00:01 UTC Application form opens. Reviews and interviews start right away.
↳If you want a decision quickly, apply early. Then we’ll get you through the process before 24 Dec.
21 Nov 23:00 UTC Q&A call – sign up
02 Dec 11:00 UTC Q&A call – sign up
15 Dec 23:59 AoE Application form closes
10 Jan 2021 23:59 AoE Last applicants accepted or declined (most will be informed of our decision earlier)

Sign up now for the Q&A call on 21 Nov or 2 Dec if you, say, have a question about the camp or on what counts as fulfilling a selection criterion (also check out our FAQ page). These calls are optional; your attendance is not a criterion for determining your fit for the camp.

Program timeline

Participants will propose and collaborate on research projects in teams of three to five. Focused work on research projects makes up the bulk of the program. This is complemented with talks, discussions, and mentoring by more experienced researchers. You will get to work on interesting projects while gaining research skills and knowledge of the field of AI safety.

Our 2021 virtual program is built around online weekends. We expect participants to complete all parts of the program. Most teams continue working after the end of the program, either to finalize and publish their work or to expand it into an ongoing long-term project.

Sat – Sun Weekend’s Purpose Activities (read more)
16 – 17 Jan Prioritise areas Ask senior researchers about cruxes. Discuss interests with mentors.
→ Add refined proposal to doc
06 – 07 Feb Decide topics Deliberate written proposals with possible collaborators.
→ Meet with formed team; set roles & check-ins
06 – 07 Mar Sprint:  finish plan Complete planning and literature review.
→ Start research
03 – 04 Apr Sprint:  implement design In the thick of research.
01 – 02 May Sprint:  finalise research Collect results. Consolidate notes.
→ Submit research summary & slides
29 – 30 May Present research &
Plan post-camp steps
Present results to mentors and curious participants.
Commit team to a write-up. Discuss next career steps.
→ Follow up

Clicking the button opens a Google Doc with the application form. You make a copy, fill it in and share the link with aisc5-applications@googlegroups.com. Read more about our application procedure here.

Questions?

Check out the FAQ page. If in doubt, contact us at contact@aisafety.camp.

 

First virtual edition – a spontaneous collage