TAISU - Technical AI Safety Unconference

post by Linda Linsefors · 2019-05-21T18:34:34.051Z · ? · GW · 15 comments

Start: Thursday, August 22, 10am
End: Sunday, August 25, 7pm
Location: EA Hotel, 36 York Street, Blackpool

It is an unconference, which means that it will be what we make of it. There will be an empty schedule wich you, the participants, will fill up with talks, discussions and more.

To be able to have high level discussion during the unconference, we require that all participants have some prior involvement with AI Safety. Here is a non complete list of things that are sufficient:

You can participate in the unconference as may or as few days as you want to. You are also welcome to stay longer at at EA Hotel before or after the unconference. However, be aware that there is another event, Learning-by-doing AI Safety workshop [? · GW], the weekend before. If you want to join this workshop, you should apply for this separately.

If you are staying more than a few days extra, we ask you to book your stay though the EA Hotel booking system.

Price: Pay what you want (cost price is £10/person/day).
Food: All meals will be provided by EA Hotel. All food will be vegan.
Lodging: The EA Hotel has two dorm rooms that have been reserved for TAISU participants, and more rooms will be booked at nearby hotels if necessary. However, if you want a private room you might be asked to pay for it yourself.

If you want to join: Sign up here


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comment by Linda Linsefors · 2019-05-25T11:08:49.604Z · ? · GW

Accepted applicants so far (July 5)

Gavin Leech, University of Bristol (soon)

Michaël Trazzi, FHI

David Lindner, ETH Zürich

Gordon Worley, PAISRI


Josh Jacobson, BERI


Andrea Luppi, Harvard University / FHI

Dragan Mlakić

Noah Topper

Andrew Schreiber, Ought

Jan Brauner, University of Edinburgh - weekend only

Søren Elverlin, AISafety.com

Victoria Krakovna, DeepMind - weekend only

Janos Kramar, DeepMind - weekend only

comment by Charlie Steiner · 2019-05-22T23:24:43.216Z · ? · GW

Sounds interesting, and I'd say there's about a 20% chance I'd like to go, but I mostly care about the network effects. Is there some kind of kickstart page where people can pledge to go if the right number of other people pledge to go?

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comment by RyanCarey · 2019-05-23T17:40:06.402Z · ? · GW

There is now, and it's this thread! I'll also go if a couple of other researchers do ;)

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comment by Vika · 2019-07-06T10:31:39.952Z · ? · GW

Janos and I are coming for the weekend part of the unconference

comment by Linda Linsefors · 2019-05-25T10:55:39.203Z · ? · GW

Are you worried about the unconference not having enough participants (in total), or it not having enough senior participants?

comment by Linda Linsefors · 2019-05-24T08:39:03.430Z · ? · GW

Good initiative. I will add a question to the application form, asking if the applicant allows me to share that they are coming. I then will share the participant list here (with the names of those how agreed) and update every few days.

For pledges, just write here as Ryan said.

comment by Vanessa Kosoy (vanessa-kosoy) · 2019-05-24T21:59:50.766Z · ? · GW

Hey, it's an AI safety unconference, we should be able to coordinate acausally ;)

comment by devils_rights_advocate · 2019-06-03T21:31:00.983Z · ? · GW

I think you need to fix the days listed on the application form, they say August 17th - 20th.

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comment by Linda Linsefors · 2019-06-04T20:25:41.276Z · ? · GW

Fixed! Thank you for pointing this out.

comment by Linda Linsefors · 2019-07-22T12:32:36.054Z · ? · GW

The TAISU is now full. I might still accept exceptional applications. But don't expect to be accepted just becasue you meet the basic requirements.

comment by Linda Linsefors · 2019-07-05T15:32:56.220Z · ? · GW

There is still room for more participants at TAISU, but sleeping space is starting to fill up. The EA Hotel dorm rooms are almost fully booked. Fore those who don't fit in the dorm or want some more privet space, there are lots of near by hotel. However since TAISU happens to be on a UK bank holiday, these might fill up too.

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comment by Chris Cooper (chris-cooper-1) · 2019-07-20T10:56:40.315Z · ? · GW

I'm fillling in the booking form now. I intend to stay for the four days.

Chris Cooper

comment by Vanessa Kosoy (vanessa-kosoy) · 2019-05-24T21:50:13.965Z · ? · GW

Is there a specific deadline for signing up?

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comment by Linda Linsefors · 2019-05-25T10:47:20.921Z · ? · GW

There i no specific deadline for signing up.

However, i might close the application at some point due to the unconference being full. We have more or less unlimited sleeping space since the EA Hotel is literally surrounded by other hotels. So the limitation is spaces for talks, discussions and workshops and such.

If all activities are in the EA Hotel, we should not be much more than 20 people. If it looks like I will get more applications than that I will see if it is possibly to rent some more commons spaces at other hotels I have not looked in to this yet, but I will soon.

We currently have 4 accepted applicants.

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comment by Linda Linsefors · 2019-05-25T10:53:36.299Z · ? · GW

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