9 months ago, LessWrong Netherlands sat down to brainstorm on Actually Trying to make a difference in AI Safety.
Knowing AIS is talent-constrained, we felt that academia wasn’t fit to give the field the attention it deserves.
We personally knew several talented people that bore a sense of urgency about AIS, but didn’t quite know how to get traction
So we decided to take matters in our own hands, and make the road to AI safety excellence as easy as possible.
Fast forward 9 months, and project RAISE has finished it’s first pilot lesson.
We are of course grateful for all the volunteers that extended a helping hand. But for the sake of speed and quality, it is time to professionalize.
Funds will be used for:
- the hiring of a content developer, tasked with overseeing the process of creating lesson material. This will substantially increase quality, which is more important than it seems.
- a financial compensation for our lecturer, allowing him to spend more time on filming. Filming is our temporal bottleneck, so this will speed up the project as a whole. As a bonus, this will solidify his financial situation and allow him to invest in better filming material
- outsourcing animation and video editing, increasing video quality and speed even further
- the hiring of a software developer, who will assist the devs of our platform in upgrading it further (
- freeing up management time, allowing us to diversify our strategies beyond a course. Examples of ideas that might consolidate: developing screening tools to better identify researcher talent, collaborating with the EA hotel to provide free living costs for our best performing students, listing local study groups on a map and providing assistance for their creation.
Additionally, the management team will be provided a small compensation for their efforts.