This is a linkpost for https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Vva6AW_udvfavtldWuGbqf8NbbzsgEH8mESEX6NlOvM
- The linked document contains a collection of AI Forecasting research ideas, prepared by some Epoch employees in a personal capacity
- We think that these are interesting and valuable projects that research interns or students could look into, though they may vary in difficulty (depending on your background/experience)
- This is the result of a quick brainstorming and curation, rather than a thorough deliberative process. We encourage a critical outlook when reading them
- You may also be interested in these other forecasting research ideas suggested by Jaime Sevilla
- You can use Epoch’s database as a resource for finding notable machine learning papers with parameter, compute, and dataset sizes. On Epoch website you can also find our past research, a tool for visualising the dataset, and some other tools like this compute calculator.
- Please feel free to contact us for clarification about these questions!
> Re: "Extrapolating GPT-N performance" and "Revisiting ‘Is AI Progress Impossible To Predict?’" sections of google doc
Read Section 6 titled "The Limit of the Predictability of Scaling Behavior" of "Broken Neural Scaling Laws" paper:
Have ya’ll ever considered doing a robust form of strategic foresight in order to have plans for scenarios that fits into a “cone of plausibility”? I think we can learn stuff from forecasting, but I also think the foresight approach is underrated if done well. The main point is that you have thought-through as many plausible scenarios as possible and how everything interacts with one another (technical, socio-economic, geo-political, etc.) and have plans for a variety of scenarios. Even if not of the scenarios happen, I expect you will learn a lot and be much more ready for the scenario that does.
I’m not sure if it’s something you’ve looked into. But if you haven’t, here’s a blog post I wrote that gives a little bit of an overview: https://firstname.lastname@example.org/helping-organizations-survive-disasters-and-potentially-avoid-them-altogether-df9a4e835a90
I don’t really do that type of stuff anymore, but would be willing to chat if you have questions.