Jan 15, 2018
We (Zvi Mowshowitz, Vladimir Slepnev and Paul Christiano) are happy to announce that the AI Alignment Prize is a success. From November 3 to December 31 we received over 40 entries representing an incredible amount of work and insight. That's much more than we dared to hope for, in both quantity and quality.
In this post we name six winners who will receive $15,000 in total, an increase from the originally planned $5,000.
We're also kicking off the next round of the prize, which will run from today until March 31, under the same rules as before.
First prize of $5,000 goes to Scott Garrabrant (MIRI) for his post Goodhart Taxonomy, an excellent write-up detailing the possible failures that can arise when optimizing for a proxy instead of the actual goal. Goodhart’s Law is simple to understand, impossible to forget once learned, and applies equally to AI alignment and everyday life. While Goodhart’s Law is widely known, breaking it down in this new way seems very valuable.
Five more participants receive $2,000 each:
We'll be contacting each winner by email to arrange transfer of money.
We would also like to thank everyone who participated. Even if you didn't get one of the prizes today, please don't let that discourage you!
We are now announcing the next round of the AI alignment prize.
As before, we're looking for technical, philosophical and strategic ideas for AI alignment, posted publicly between now and March 31, 2018. You can submit your entries in the comments here or by email to email@example.com. We may give feedback on early entries to allow improvement, though our ability to do this may become limited by the volume of entries.
The minimum prize pool this time will be $10,000, with a minimum first prize of $5,000. If the entries once again surpass our expectations, we will again increase that pool.
(Addendum: I've written a post summarizing the typical feedback we've sent to participants in the previous round.)