AI Safety Camp serves a purpose within a wider ecosystem. We guide career aspirants through program stages to test their fit for paid roles at the frontiers of AI safety – for research and indirectly for operations, entrepreneurship, and funding. In turn, we rely on the support of…
- research mentors—‘one-level-up’ alumni and senior researchers—to select and mentor participants around topics they prioritise.
- ops assistants—local-community builders and operations support staff—to assist participants and reliably handle event logistics.
- advisors—fellow entrepreneurs and research staff—to coach us on improving our program and strategy.
- funders—earn-to-givers and grantmakers—to cover the costs of each edition.
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Our volunteers 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.
We are professionalising. Our focus for the 2021 virtual edition 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 may hire up to three part-time managers to coordinate research collaborations, event operations, and delivery of the overall program.
We are still working out unresolved 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.
The decision we will make 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 participant teams to work on during edition #5 (see previous research summaries).
- we collectively improve key outcomes of edition #5 over previous camps (see internal list).
- past leads submit their interest to manage areas of responsibility they excelled at as volunteers.
- LTFF decides to ramp up grants (update: received an $85K grant).