AI Safety Events is an organization supporting the realization of events beneficial to the field and community of AI safety. The goal of AISE is to reduce global catastrophic and existential risks from advanced AI by building the field and AI safety research community.
AISE's current high-level objectives are:
Organizing events at ML/AI conferences, hackathons, retreats, etc
Providing event operations services for organizations and researchers
Tracking all events in the field of AI safety and offering a calendar and newsletter
Becoming a coordination/Schelling point of event organization in the community
For the second half of 2023, we are seeking a 25K-100K grant.
Funding will be used for worker salaries, funding our own events (venues, catering, logistics), subsidizing attendees and offering stipends to speakers, tooling such Zoom, Notion, etc, training material such as the ‘Art of Gathering’ course, and registering the org legally in Canada.
Conditional on minimal funding, the median outcome for the second half of 2023 is:
Organize the AI Safety Unconference NeurIPS 2023 even more successfully than previous years
Hire an operations generalist
Setup a global AI safety events tracker and related newsletter
Build a new website
The 10%-best percentile outcome:
Start preparing for new conference events in 2023 at ICML, ICLR, etc
Proactively support other efforts such as conference workshops and online events
Organize a retreat for independent researchers
A long-tail of smaller goals
(possibly) AI Safety + Crypto private event
- ML Safety Social at NeurIPS 2022
- AI Safety Unconference at NeurIPS 2022
- AI Safety Unconference at NeurIPS 2019
- AI Safety Unconference at NeurIPS 2018
In July 2023, the Center for AI Safety did a cost-effectiveness analysis of the kind of events of , including specifically of the ML Safety Social we helped realize last year. https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/7kFPFYQSY7ZttoveS/cost-effectiveness-of-professional-field-building-programs
See some testimonials: https://aisafetyevents.org/testimonials/
Poor execution of the project could lead to wasted time of crucial people.
We are currently operating with minimal self-funding, in limited capability.