What should an Einstein-like figure in Machine Learning do?post by Razied · 2020-08-05T23:52:14.539Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW · No comments
This is a question post.
Suppose you are an extremely talented but still unknown machine learning researcher (like Einstein of patent-clerk days), and you discover something very important, maybe a few tricks that allow you to train neural nets 4 orders of magnitude faster than anyone else. You can train something of GPT-3 level on your personal rig in a few weeks, those tricks also generalize to larger networks. What should you do with this information to benefit humanity?
Publishing seems out of the question, as it would probably mean that AGI is within reach of a large project. But you personally cannot yet produce it, you can produce GPT-3 like performance, but nothing more. You could do nothing at all, keeping silent and hoping that your discoveries are not replicated by the main players. Or maybe you could try to covertly help OpenAI, which would then have a massive advantage, and enough lead time to properly treat safety. What would you do in this scenario?
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