I currently translate AGI-related texts to Russian. Is that useful?

post by Tapatakt · 2021-11-27T17:51:58.766Z · LW · GW · 6 comments

This is a question post.

I live in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, and I want to do something useful to AI-Alignment movement.

Several weeks ago I started to translate "Discussion with Eliezer Yudkowsky on AGI interventions [LW · GW]". Now it's complete and linked to in couple thematic social network groups, and I currently translate old metaphorical post almost as a rest, after which I plan to follow the list from Rob Bensinger's comment [LW(p) · GW(p)].

My English is not very good, I know a lot of people with better language proficiency, but it seems to me that I am on Pareto Frontier on "translation skills + alignment-related knowledge + motivation to translate". Otherwise, I think, there would be more than one alignment-related translation on lesswrong.ru over the past two years!

I would like to know if this is helpful or if I should focus on something completely different.


answer by Raemon · 2021-11-27T18:02:23.243Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I think this is pretty useful. I feel a bit awkward that I kinda have no idea how good the translations are, but I expect it's worthwhile and potentially quite important.

answer by abukeki · 2021-11-27T22:21:59.595Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Yes, but I think much more useful might be for someone to do this for Chinese.

answer by acylhalide (Samuel Shadrach) · 2021-11-29T19:18:24.275Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Quick google search says english fluency is low in Russia even in universities, so this seems very useful. You probably have a better picture of this than me. You may also want to spend some time thinking about distribution - which audiences are you targetting, where are they likely to end up seeing your content. I have no clue what this looks like for Russia.

P.S. You can also ask questions about impactfulness on the EA forum or 80000hours

P.P.S. You may even be able to apply for funding from EA funds if it'll help increase the reach of your content.


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comment by Vanessa Kosoy (vanessa-kosoy) · 2021-11-27T19:00:34.318Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Can you link the translation?

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comment by Ozyrus · 2021-12-01T22:51:59.194Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Please check your DM's; I've been translating as well. We can sync it up!