Plans

AI Safety Camp serves a purpose within a wider ecosystem. Aspirants go through stages of our program to test their fit for jobs at the frontiers (for research and also indirectly for operations, entrepreneurship, and funding grants).   

To run each edition, we rely on the support of…

  • research mentors (experienced alumni, senior researchers)  to select and mentor participants around topics they prioritise.
  • ops assistants (local-community builders, support staff)  to assist participants and reliably handle event logistics.
  • advisors (fellow entrepreneurs, research staff managers)  to coach us on improving our program and strategy.
  • funders (earn-to-givers, grantmakers)  to cover the costs of each edition.

Are you interested to mentor a team, run logistics, explore a partnership, or make a tax-deductible donation?  Email us: contact@aisafety.camp

 

Past developments

Our organizers have led editions since our pilot in 2018. CEA and later the Long-Term Future Fund made grants to edition #1 to #4.
Private donors funded budget gaps – to cover our venue, catering, and reimbursements to volunteers and low-income participants.

 

Next editions

We are professionalising. Our focus for 2021 is to more consistently target and serve…

  • participants who have the capacity and need to try collaborating on AI existential safety research alongside
  • mentors who have built expertise in a research agenda they are excited to guide such a team on.

We ran edition #5 in the first half of 2021, which went smoothly. We plan to run a next virtual camp (#6) and North American camp (#7).

 

Key considerations 

We are also still resolving a few remaining concerns with our advisors and the LTFF around whether…

  • mentors can provide adequate guidance in ways they find a good use of their time.
  • participants think through priorities and work out research projects to be useful for the community’s efforts.
  • the camp experience benefits those participants who go on to do particularly promising research 
  • we’ll have enough funding to start paying lead volunteers to dedicate their time and attention. 

Where we decide to go from here, in consultation with our partners, depends amongst others on the extent to which…

  • mentors become more involved in selecting research problems they are particularly excited about and willing to guide teams to work on.
    update:  AISC5 proposals got more feedback but three teams missed mentors. AISC6 applicants can propose to work on mentors’ agendas.
  • we collectively improve participants’ key outcomes over previous camps (see internal list)
    update:  Some alumni surveyed by LTFF reported very substantial positive benefits from attending a camp. Others reported no benefit.
  • past leads submit their interest to manage areas of responsibility they excelled at as volunteers.
    update:  We hired two new AISC6 leads who may become permanent managers, depending on how they progress on set responsibilities.
  • LTFF decides to ramp up grants
    update:   LTFF granted $85K (via AISS) and SAF $35K (via SEE).

We may hire up to three permanent coordinators to oversee research mentoring, participant facilitation and logistics, and the overall program.