Good AI alignment online class?post by Alexander (alexander-1) · 2021-10-11T00:48:19.529Z · LW · GW · 3 comments
This is a question post.
I am fascinated with AI alignment, and I am interested in diving deeper into the area. I am going through the recommended readings listed on MIRI Research Guide, but I wish there were structured online classes covering similar content. I enjoy reading textbooks and learning, but having a structure and a community of people with similar goals would improve my learning experience and my grasp of these powerful ideas.
My employer gives a yearly allowance for structured learning (not self-directed learning). I have wanted to take advantage of it and use it to do some paid online apprenticeship on AI, focusing on alignment. However, the closest thing I have found is these online masters degrees in CS from Georgia Tech and other universities. Given that I work full-time, doing a masters degree would be infeasible. Is there anything worthwhile and high quality that can address my need? Preferably with a low time commitment so I can realistically manage it alongside full-time work.
The reasons I am looking for an online course rather than an in-person course are the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that I live in Australia. Hence, the options for studying AI alignment in-person are limited or non-existent.
Academic background: I graduated with an undergraduate degree in computer science two years ago.
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