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Please advise the Singularity Institute with your domain-specific expertise!

18 Post author: lukeprog 15 March 2012 08:13PM

The Singularity Institute would benefit from having a team of domain-specific advisors on hand. If you'd like to help the Singularity Institute pursue its mission more efficiently, please sign up to be a Singularity Institute advisor!

If you sign up, we will occasionally ask you questions. You may be able to answer our questions or at least point us in the right direction. We may also request to schedule a quick chat with you.

Domains of expertise we especially need:

  • Nearly all subfields of economics, maths, computer science & AI, statistics, cognitive science, physics, biology, and naturalistic philosophy.
  • U.S. & California law
  • Non-profit development and tax compliance
  • Marketing & social media
  • U.S. government and military processes (lobbying, security, infrastructure, etc.)
  • Computer security
  • Large-scale logistics
  • Event planning
  • Executive coaching/training
  • Motivational speaking, social skills training
  • Publishing
  • Running workshops and meetups
  • Nuclear security, bio-security, disease control

Comments (33)

Comment author: Armok_GoB 15 March 2012 09:14:23PM 2 points [-]

... Well that list sure is calming. No reason to worry or freak out about those experts being needed. Nope.

Comment author: endoself 15 March 2012 10:44:22PM 4 points [-]

What? The only thing even slightly worrying would be nuclear security, bio-security, and disease control, but we know why they want those experts.

Comment author: Armok_GoB 16 March 2012 01:59:31AM 0 points [-]

Other than that there are some parallels to AI boxing, no, I don't know why they need those.

Also, the law and military processes. Computer security can also be seen as threatening even if the use is obvious.

But yea, mostly I were joking.

Comment author: Kevin 16 March 2012 03:05:01AM -2 points [-]

But yea, mostly I were joking.

Why bother? Humor is worth it sometimes, when it is really funny, but when someone tries to be funny and isn't, it's useless at best, most often confusing, and harmful at worst.

Comment author: Armok_GoB 16 March 2012 01:42:27PM 1 point [-]

Just because YOU didn't find it funny doesn't mean nobody will, and this joke is fairly harmless. It's mainly in saying something that's actually true in a sarcastic way that implies the opposite is being meant, when in fact it isn't.

Comment author: Kevin 17 March 2012 02:21:12AM -1 points [-]

Harmless in the individual case, but snarkiness really degrades communities over time.

Comment author: endoself 16 March 2012 05:22:55PM 2 points [-]

Other than that there are some parallels to AI boxing, no, I don't know why they need those.

Oh, sorry for being excessively brief then. SingInst would want to know how likely various form of existential risk are so they know how likely it is that humanity will survive for X years without FAI. There are various trade-offs that would need to be made differently depending on how urgent things are.

Comment author: Armok_GoB 16 March 2012 09:28:53PM 1 point [-]

Oh. I though they meant experts of how to ensure (or break....) it, not of how good it is in general worldwide.

Comment author: endoself 16 March 2012 11:04:04PM 0 points [-]

That's also possible (to ensure; they don't want to break it). I don't think they can do that much for those problems at the present stage. If they barely have time to publish work on the singularity, it probably isn't a good idea to spend marginal effort on trying to change bio-security policy.

Comment author: cousin_it 15 March 2012 10:58:01PM 18 points [-]

Cheers to Armok and Costanza =) Laughs aside, I think picking out awesome people from LW circles (recent example: Gwern Branwen) and just allowing them to do their awesome things is one of the more right strategies that SingInst has adopted. Keep on doing that, Luke.

Comment author: Costanza 15 March 2012 09:34:04PM 24 points [-]

Given that there's always more to learn about pretty much everything, this list didn't bother me at all. I would have been much more alarmed if they asked for expert advice on:

  • Money laundering
  • Disposing of corpses in ways undetectable by law enforcement
  • Justin Bieber trivia
  • Obtaining visas or (better) passports to nations with no U.S. extradition treaty
Comment author: Bugmaster 15 March 2012 11:32:43PM 3 points [-]

"I can't believe what a bunch of nerds we are. We're looking up 'money laundering' in a dictionary. "

Comment author: Jolly 18 May 2012 06:12:40PM 1 point [-]

I can help for almost anything computer security related, also public speaking, running workshops, teaching and training.

Comment author: snarles 18 March 2012 01:02:18AM *  4 points [-]

I give out statistics-related opinions all the time which don't seem to be especially well received. But, if it means anything, I have been admitted to one of the top 4 statistics Ph. D programs, and plan to start my doctoral studies next fall. I'll sign up.

Comment author: sixes_and_sevens 16 March 2012 03:14:18PM 4 points [-]

Nuclear security, bio-security, disease control

I love the way that's casually thrown in as the last item on the list.

Comment author: Manfred 16 March 2012 05:39:46AM 4 points [-]

Could we get a generic "we won't use this contact information for anything other than what it was offered for" statement?

Comment author: lukeprog 16 March 2012 06:42:00AM 4 points [-]

Oh, sure. Added it to the form.

Comment author: jsteinhardt 16 March 2012 02:44:41AM 2 points [-]

Publishing = academic publishing or something else?

Comment author: lukeprog 16 March 2012 06:42:09AM *  1 point [-]

Any.

Comment author: RobertLumley 16 March 2012 01:23:54AM 2 points [-]

You really should break down biology into something more specific about what you want. Biology is incredibly broad, covering everything from taxonomy to genetics to biochemistry. I'm in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and I could probably speak with confidence on some areas, but not others. My strongest point would be biochemistry, but I can't see why SI would need most of my BCMB knowledge. But if you do, you're more than welcome to contact me. And since most people on here probably aren't as well versed in general biology, I'm willing to at least try to answer any questions in the broad field that you have.

Comment author: Antisuji 16 March 2012 01:07:37AM 6 points [-]

Excellent.

Marketing & social media

While I applaud the effort, I suspect that simply hiring a professional or otherwise reaching outside of current LW readership would be more effective.

Comment author: atorm 18 March 2012 03:36:42AM 1 point [-]

Perhaps a professional who was unaware of SIAI's need will announce themselves. No harm in asking.

Comment author: beoShaffer 15 March 2012 09:56:30PM 3 points [-]

How what level of expertise do you require? Also if we have significant expertise in an area that isn't listed and doesn't seem relevant should we go ahead and list it anyways? For example I'm finishing up a bachelors in psychology and know a lot about LARPing would that sort of thing merit an application?

Comment author: lukeprog 15 March 2012 10:11:00PM 3 points [-]

In general, please apply and list the sources of your expertise and we'll figure out who will be useful for us. Thanks!

Comment author: FiftyTwo 09 December 2012 05:20:01AM 0 points [-]

Are you still looking for people? If so have the requirements changed substantially?