Crossposted from the AI Alignment Forum. May contain more technical jargon than usual.

Ever now and then I talk to someone who tell me that they can not get good feedback on their research (e.g. the they don't get much responses on their alignment forum post), and been thinking about how to solve this? Also, right now is a good time to try out various online solutions.

I am offering to run webinars if enough people are interested.

The format I suggest is that each webinar is 1h 40min and centers around one person presenting their idea or result.

  • 5 min introduction
  • 30 min presentation
  • 30 min of questions and discussion centered around trying to understand and improve idea.
  • 30 min of attacking the idea to find out all the ways it can fail.
  • 5 min rounding off but the presenter summering what their take away is.

The reason I suggest this structure is

  1. I think a webinar needs a structure to keep on track
  2. It is important to look for weaknesses in an idea, but it is even more important to fist understand it and to make sure you attack the strongest version of that idea.

I am very much open to different format, and would like to experiment a bit if there is enough interest.

Edit: Not sure if I should interpret up votes as interest. If this is something you would like to participate in, pleas leave a comment.

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I would be keen run a webinar on Logical Counterfactuals

Let's do it!

If you pick a time and date and write up an abstract, then I will sort out the logistic. Worst case it's just you and me having a conversation, but most likely some more people will show up.

I am definitely interested in participating, as I'm learning the field, and starting to work on research. For the moment I don't feel like I can run one of these myself, but I'll be eventually there, and will propose myself.

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I think this is a cool idea! I would be interested in participating from time to time, at least.

This is a great intitiative! If I was still working on AIS, I would be very keen on running a webinar, too.

Would you be interested in just participating? I read your post about leaving AIS. Seems like you have enough experience to be able to contribute to the discussion.

Yes, I can do that to get things started. For at least the first five webinars. Later I might drop out in order to concentrate on whatever I'm doing then.

I'm usually available between 21:30 and 12:00 UTC. You can also check my Calendly: