Allison Duettmann is the president and CEO of Foresight Institute. She directs the Intelligent Cooperation, Molecular Machines, Biotech & Health Extension, Neurotech, and Space Programs, Fellowships, Prizes, and Tech Trees, and shares this work with the public. She founded Existentialhope.com, co-edited Superintelligence: Coordination & Strategy, co-authored Gaming the Future, and co-initiated The Longevity Prize. She advises companies and projects, such as Cosmica, and The Roots of Progress Fellowship, and is on the Executive Committee of the Biomarker Consortium. She holds an MS in Philosophy & Public Policy from the London School of Economics, focusing on AI Safety.
This summary is of a talk by Allison Duettmann titled “What Do We Do To Develop These Projects?” at the WBE Workshop in 2023. Duettmann discusses several projects and their development strategies during the workshop.
For Project Number One, the Anderson Robert McIntyre Neural Pretty Printer, Duettmann suggests that a detailed proposal would be more valuable than a follow-on workshop. Collaboration can be facilitated through virtual meetings using Zoom. The focus at this stage is on fleshing out the project and creating specifications, rather than concrete initial funding. Pitching the project to other communities may be beneficial.
In contrast, Project Number Two, which involves a Comparative Analysis of Static New Imaging Modalities, would benefit from a follow-on workshop. The workshop is planned to take place at Todd’s house in California and initial project funding may cover flight and lodging costs for participants. A small stipend might also be provided for participants to dedicate time to the project. Identifying and addressing project bottlenecks is desired.
Funding for project generation is discussed, with considerations for price categories and bottlenecks. The amount of initial project funding is not yet determined, but funding for travel and workshop expenses is being considered. The involvement of Adrian in the project is uncertain, and Bobby is invited to join the workshop.
Participants not part of the initial group, such as Roman, Randall, and Bobby, express interest in joining the workshop. Additional names can be added if needed. Adrian’s potential involvement is undecided.
Potential prizes or bounties for addressing bottlenecks are discussed, with the idea of sectioning as a possibility. Other suggestions can be added later.
Project Number Three aims to develop a computational framework for the brain. A follow-up meeting and specialized workshop are considered to further this project. Identifying unknown but important factors is emphasized.
Project funding and advising are discussed, with Anita, Niccolo, and Anders showing interest in advising or being informed about the project.
The need for a literature review is brought up, and funding for someone to conduct the review is considered. Other potential funding needs for the project are also discussed.
The possibility of a smaller-scale version of the project is mentioned, along with the need to coordinate funding and find other interested parties. Updates on the project progress are requested.
Various data sets, such as Vion and retro e-i-u-m, are discussed for video tracking and simulation. The importance of discussing the methodology is highlighted.
Overall, the talk delves into different projects and their development strategies, including funding considerations, participant involvement, and potential resources.