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Activity Update - July & August 2018

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This post is part of our monthly activity update series. Each activity update briefly describes what we’ve been up to in the last month and, hopefully, helps to shed light on how our priorities shift over time. Note that some of our time each month will be spent investigating future project opportunities that may not be covered in these posts until our plans are more solid.

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X-risk Relevant Prediction Market Question Suggestions (Medium Term)

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Background & motivation
The questions
    General performance benchmarks
    Will reinforcement learning be the dominant paradigm in n years?
    How well will reinforcement learning or its successor work?
    Operationalizations of AI relevant compute
    Architecture, modularity, and deep learning
        How many modules?
        Gradient descent modules vs. non-gradient descent modules?
        How many meta-modules?
    Sociological questions
    Governments and nationality
    Consensus in the ML community that the “alignment problem” is important

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Activity Update - June

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This post is part of our monthly activity update series. Each activity update briefly describes what we’ve been up to in the last month and, hopefully, helps to shed light on how our priorities shift over time. Note that some of our time each month will be spent investigating future project opportunities that may not be covered in these posts until our plans are more solid.

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Activity Update - May

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This post is part of our monthly activity update series. Each activity update briefly describes what we’ve been up to in the last month and, hopefully, helps to shed light on how our priorities shift over time. Note that some of our time each month will be spent investigating future project opportunities that may not be covered in these posts until our plans are more solid.

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Project Grants Program -
Round 1

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We are pleased to announce BERI’s first “Project Grants” round. This kicks off BERI’s larger Individual Grants Program, which we intend to write about in more detail later. Below, we explain the types of projects that qualify and how to apply for this round.

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Activity Update - April

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This post is part of our monthly activity update series. Each activity update briefly describes what we’ve been up to in the last month and, hopefully, helps to shed light on how our priorities shift over time. Note that some of our time each month will be spent investigating future project opportunities that may not be covered in these posts until our plans are more solid.

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Activity Update - February and March 2018

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This post is part of our monthly activity update series. Each activity update briefly describes what we’ve been up to in the last month and, hopefully, helps to shed light on how our priorities shift over time. Note that some of our time each month will be spent investigating future project opportunities that may not be covered in these posts until our plans are more solid.

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Activity Update - January 2018

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This post is part of our monthly activity update series. Each activity update briefly describes what we’ve been up to in the last month and, hopefully, helps to shed light on how our priorities shift over time. Note that some of our time each month will be spent investigating future project opportunities that may not be covered in these posts until our plans are more solid.

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Activity Update - December 2017

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This post is part of our monthly activity update series. Each activity update briefly describes what we’ve been up to in the last month and, hopefully, helps to shed light on how our priorities shift over time. Note that some of our time each month will be spent investigating future project opportunities that may not be covered in these posts until our plans are more solid.

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Announcing BERI Computing Grants

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Update: As of June 5, 2018, this program is paused and no longer accepting applications. It has been superceded by BERI’s Project Grants program.

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Activity Update - November 2017

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This post is part of our monthly activity update series. Each activity update briefly describes what we’ve been up to in the last month and, hopefully, helps to shed light on how our priorities shift over time. Note that some of our time each month will be spent investigating future project opportunities that may not be covered in these posts until our plans are more solid.

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Activity Update - October 2017

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This post is part of our monthly activity update series. Each activity update briefly describes what we’ve been up to in the last month and, hopefully, helps to shed light on how our priorities shift over time. Note that some of our time each month will be spent investigating future project opportunities that may not be covered in these posts until our plans are more solid.

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Forming an engineering team

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BERI wants to help CS students and researchers at UC Berkeley who care about existential risk, by hiring a team of engineers to collaborate with them on their work. It might not be obvious why outside help is needed for this, and the purpose of this post is explain why.

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What we’re thinking about as we grow - ethics, oversight, and getting things done

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BERI has only been around for nine months, but we’ve already learned about significantly more needs than our current capacity can support. We’ve encountered many ideas that we believe would be great to execute, such as providing additional computational resources to x-risk oriented PhD students, hiring writers and editors for influential publications, investigating grant opportunities for our grants program. We feel almost as if BERI’s existence has “raised an antenna” which receives requests for help on x-risk reduction projects—and those requests are coming in rapidly.

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Activity Update - September 2017

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BERI has been shifting gears somewhat, and we thought it would be helpful to our collaborators and supporters to start a monthly blog post series. Each blog post will briefly describe some of what we’ve been up to each month and hopefully shed light on how our priorities shift over time. Note that some of our time each month will be spent investigating future project opportunities that may not be covered in these posts until our plans are more solid.

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Announcing BERI’s first grants program

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Update: See our grants program page for the latest information about our grants program.

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BERI's semi-annual report, August 2017

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It’s been slightly more than six months since BERI was incorporated. In our first half year, we have:

  • Assisted the Center for Human-Compatible AI (CHAI) with several projects, including the coordination of CHAI’s first conference.
  • Hired two employees and eight contractors.
  • Raised over $400,000 for future projects, including activities that support CHAI.

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