Sunday Event: Connor Leahy on Moloch Reigns at SSC Online Meetup

by Ruby1 min read27th Jan 2021No comments



Linkpost due to weird filtering effects.*

Connor Leahy will speak on "Moloch Reigns: To Gather an Army or to Forge a Sword?," then will take questions.

Date: Sunday 31st January 2021
Time: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm PST
Where: Zoom for Lecture, Walled Garden for Social


Abstract: Moloch, demon god of Inadequate Equilibria and Coordination Problems, still rules over human affairs, though his grasp has weakened significantly from the Malthusian Traps our ancestors were captured in.

From the rapidly strengthening steel of AI technology, we are promised to forge a weapon mighty enough to fight back his demonic influence more still, perhaps even slay the tyrant for good.

But how should we conduct this war? How can we win? How could we lose?

Our technology is giving us rapidly growing power to build the paradise we want. I will argue 
- that the instinctive models of how to use this power are fundamentally broken
- that adding more people to the cause may be paradoxically a net negative (in certain circumstances)
- that some organizations are using the language of AI Safety to misdirect creative energies

I'll point out some hopeful directions I see towards the alignment problem.

Bio: Connor is a founding member of the loose AI research collective EleutherAI. They are most well known for their ongoing efforts to replicate GPT3. Recently, Connor has been pushing for more directly alignment relevant research at Eleuther, and invites anyone with ML or webdev experience to join. By day, he works as an AI Researcher at German startup Aleph Alpha.

*Meetups posted to groups get filtered out and a link post was the fastest way to give this visibility.

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