About

About AI Safety Support

Our mission is to reduce existential and catastrophic risk from AI, by supporting everyone who wants to work on this problem. We want to give as many people as possible the chance to succeed.


Our guiding principles:

  • Research is done by people. The best way to get excellent research is to take excellent care of current and future researchers. We believe in kindness and friendship, both because these things are instrumentally important to success and because we care about the individuals involved.

  • Helping instead of vetting. We will not waste your time by asking you to prove to us that you are promising enough. We will just get directly down to helping you. Because that is how we’ll both find out what you can do.

  • Same-sidedness. If you want to save the world then we want to empower you, because your success is our success. You don’t even have to agree with us regarding the previous two principles. Even if you think that stuff about kindness is naive nonsense, and you only want to save the world for selfish reasons, we still offer to help you.


What we actually do:

  • One-on-one career advice. The main thing we do is to just talk to people one-on-one. You tell us where you are on your journey, and we will tell you what lies ahead of you and advise you on what to do next.

  • Community building. A community is made of people who know each other. We are making AI Safety more connected, by introducing you to each other, by running events and creating places to meet. We want you to have enough friends, discussion partners and loose acquaintances in the AI Safety space, so that you can thrive.

  • And various other things… We are a new organisation trying things out. To learn more about what we are up to at the moment, have a look at events and resources, and subscribe to our newsletter.




Join Us

If you share our mission you are more than welcome to join us. We will be happy to share our resources and network with you. If you have your own ideas for something you want to do to support AI Safety research, we will help you . If you have some time you want to donate to our projects, then get in touch and we will discuss ways you can help, while respecting the value of your time.

If you want to join forces with us, here's what you should do:

  1. Book a call with Linda or JJ. We want to get to know you, learn about your plans and ideas, and figure out how we can best help each other.

  2. Join the AI Safety Support & Friends Slack. This is the "behind the scenes" space for our projects, where we discuss upcoming plans, ask for help, etc. Remember to browse the channels and join the ones that interest you.


Team

JJ Hepburn

Contact: You can reach me through email, twitter or calendly

I am passionate about working on AI Safety and enabling others to do so as well. In 2019 I was a participant in the third AI Safety Camp where I was able to build some great relationships and experiences. Following this I helped organise the fourth AI Safety Camp, which was a challenging but rewarding experience. This has inspired me to continue working to help others contribute to the field.

Linda Linsefors

Contact: You can reach me through email, messenger, or calendly

I learned about Effective Altruism in 2015, around the time when I was finishing my Physics PhD, and looking for what to do next. I was soon fascinated by the AI Safety problem. However, I found that getting started by myself was difficult, so in November 2017 I found some like-minded friends, and over the next months, we developed and hosted the first AI Safety Camp. During the summer of 2018, I was a research intern at MIRI, learning a great deal about the state of the art of AI Safety. During the summer of 2019 I started organising events again, and this has been my main focus ever since because right now I believe I can do the most good in this role.


AISS INC

AISS INC is registered as an incorporated association in New South Wales (Australia) under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009.

AISS INC exists so that AI Safety Support can have money. We are not a registered charity ourselves, because that is way too much work for a two-person org. But we do have a fiscal sponsorship agreement with Rethink Charity, so that we can receive tax deductible donations from the US and Canada.


Board of AISS INC

JJ Hepburn – President

Linda Linsefors – Vice President

Bradley Tjandra – Treasurer

Robert Miles – Board Member

Abdelrahman Ahmed – Board Member