Call for help: volunteers needed to proofread MIRI's publications


MIRI needs volunteers to proofread our soon-to-be-released publications, such as Eliezer's "Intelligence Explosion Microeconomics." Some reasons to get involved:

  • Get a sneak peek at our publications before they become publicly available.
  • Earn points at, our online volunteer system that runs on Youtopia. (Even if you're not interested in the points, tracking your time through Youtopia helps us manage and quantify the volunteer proofreading effort.)
  • Having polished and well-written publications is of high-value to MIRI.
  • Help speed up our publication process. Proofreading is currently our biggest bottle-neck.

Some of the papers that are sitting in the pipeline and ready for proofreading right now (or will be very soon):

  • "Avoiding Unintended AI Behaviors" by Bill Hibbard
  • "Decision Support for Safe AI Design" by Bill Hibbard
  • "A Comparison of Decision Algorithms on Newcomblike Problems" by Alex Altair
  • "Intelligence Explosion Microeconomics" by Eliezer Yudkowsky

How proofreading works:

  • Youtopia, with the help of some shared Google Docs, is used to manage and track the available documents and who's proofread what.
  • Proofreading entails checking for basic grammar, spelling, punctuation, and formatting errors; pointing out areas of confusion or concern; and making general style and flow suggestions.
  • Don't worry, you don't have to proofread entire documents, just as many individual pages as you like.
  • (This is explained in more detail once you've joined the MIRI Proofreaders group.)

How to join Youtopia and specifically the MIRI Proofreaders group:

  1. Go go
  2. In the right sidebar click on Register as a Volunteer and fill out your info.
  3. Once your Youtopia account is created (this could take a day or two), head here and click on "Join Organization.”
  4. Once your membership is approved you will have have access to detailed proofreading instructions and draft versions of our publications.

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