In this update:
> Apply to participate to our next technical competition: Atomic Precision for Healing the Planet, chaired by Tom Chi
> Watch the Executive Briefing on AI Safety Allison Duettman gave at the O’Reilly conference on AI
All Sundays panels and talks from Vision Weekend are now available on our YouTube channel, on the Vision Weekend 2018 Playlist!
Most of the work was made through behind closed doors on Saturday – but if you want a sneak peek of Saturday’s work, check out below the 5 minutes summary of Vision Weekend, featuring Anders Sandberg, Mary Lou Jepsen, Brewster Kahle, Danny O’Brien, Peter Eckersley, Will Marshall, Sonia Arrison, Mark Miller, Allison Duettmann and Lou Viquerat.
Our deepest gratitude to the amazing humans who contributed to this weekend of building grand visions for the future.
From Utopia to Dystopia: Existential Hope Scenarios – Vision Weekend’s 5 minutes summary
We invite you to apply to participate in the interactive technical competition “Healing the Planet: Atomic Precision for Clean Energy & Clean Air”, Co-chaired by William A. Goddard III (Charles and Mary Ferkel Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology) and Tom Chi (Co-Founder, Google X). The competition will be held from April 27- 28 in Palo Alto, CA.
This workshop is part of Foresight’s invitational technical competition series to leverage atomic precision to solve urgent challenges for humanity. A big motivation for Foresight’s focus on atomic precision is the tremendous potential for cleaning up and revitalizing our planet.
These workshops are highly result-oriented: In two days, interdisciplinary teams of scientists compete to develop project proposals to leverage their scientific discipline to solve urgent challenges for humanity.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
For an overview of the problem areas you may want to tackle at the workshop, see this video by Tom Chi, Co-Founder Google X, and Workshop Co-Chair.
All the project proposals from our Nanotechnology technical competition are now available on our YouTube channel, on this playlist!
The invitational workshop Integrated Molecular Machines: From Materials to Nanosystems was held at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri and chaired by Sir Fraser Stoddart.
Specialists in target applications collaborated with those tackling the challenges of atomically-precise 3D structures and molecular machines, including construction pathways using chemistry, applied physics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and engineering.
Watch the summary of the technical competition: Integrated Molecular Machines, from Materials to Nanosystems.
Allison Duettmann’s session at the 2018 O’Reilly AI Conference.
Allison gives an overview of four categories of problems in AI safety: ethical content, technical alignment, computer security, and social coordination. She then discusses an approach to AI safety based on the paper “Cyber, Nano, and AGI Risks: Decentralized Approaches to Mitigating Risks”.
Allison’s Executive Briefing on AI Safety at the O’Reilly Conference on AI
Many thanks to our co-authors Olga Afanasjeva, Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Braley, Jessica Cussins, Jeffrey Ding, Peter Eckersley, Melody Guan, Alyssa Vance, and Roman Yampolskiy for submitting their excellent paragraphs.
In this episode of the 80,000 Hours Podcast, Christine Peterson takes us back to her youth in the Bay Area, the ideas she encountered there, and what the dreamers she met did as they grew up.
Listen to this re-broadcast (this episode was originally released in October 2017) and take a trip to Silicon Valley in the 70s and 80s, when going to space sounded like a good way to get around environmental limits, people started cryogenically freezing themselves, and nanotechnology looked like it might revolutionize industry – or turn us all into grey goo.
Our dear friends at IndieBio started a podcast: There are 8 episodes altogether featuring David Eagleman, Joon Yun, Steve Blank, Tim Lu, and Ursheet Parikh of Mayfield Fund.
Join our movement! Follow our Facebook page, Twitter or connect to our professional network on Linkedin for regular updates, as well as invites to our upcoming events. To get an overview of the different ways to accelerate our mission, we created a one-pager on Getting Involved.
That said, one of the ways that you can most immediately help is to support our mission financially. For a detailed summary of what your donations accomplish, see our Progress Report for 2018: Accomplishments and concrete 2019 plans.